Training facilities

Apprentices at Oxfordshire Advanced Skills receive coaching from specialist staff with the latest technology. We train apprentices on a suite of high quality equipment that is used in the hi-tech industrial sector and is not available in standard teaching environments. Our trainers, provided by JTL, are experienced professionals from a range of industrial backgrounds.
Current equipment includes:

Vacuum technology

OAS’s testing rigs enable training in building vacuum systems and leak testing – essential skills for the vacuum technology used in many of today’s hi-tech industries.


The science of measurement, metrology includes calibration of instruments, programming coordinate measuring machines, and the use of various other precision measuring and inspection machines.


Hands-on experience in the technology of welding – the use of heat to join pieces of metal together. Welding methods available at OAS include MIG, TIG and arc welding.


OAS is equipped with Colchester lathes and CNC machines designed for training. Apprentices learn to operate the machines safely and to produce precision work.

Milling machines

OAS has Europa milling machines suitable for educational establishments to teach techniques for machining custom parts to precise tolerances.

CAD and 3D printing

OAS has a suite with facilities for teaching computer-aided design (CAD) software for engineering models and drawings. Our printers and scanners allow trainees to practise innovative 3D printing techniques.

Festo – Process

Apprentices learn how to use programmable logic controllers (PLC) for manufacturing processes that require high reliability control and ease of programming and process fault diagnosis.

Festo – Pneumatics

A Festo modular production system for training in pneumatics and 24V control technologies – working through a series of circuits and learning about components like cylinders, switches and logic gates.

Control Instrumentation & Electronics

Equipment covering key aspects of instrumentation and process control technology and electronics – how to build and test electrical circuits, and how to use oscilloscopes and electrical meters to fault find.

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