OAS apprentices

OAS Recruitment Event, 7 February – register now

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Interested in a hi-tech apprenticeship in Oxfordshire and want to find out about the opportunities? Come to Oxfordshire Advanced Skills’ recruitment evening on Thursday 7 February at Culham Science Centre near Abingdon. Seventeen leading local engineering and technology employers are now using OAS to train apprentices and they are looking for candidates like you to…

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OAS employers at the Phase 2 construction site

OAS partner employers excited by ‘impressive’ future plans

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The employers were on site to see apprentice training in action in the existing OAS facilities, hear about the plans of Phase 2 training provider AMTC and see the construction project in full swing. Seventeen companies around the region are now on board with OAS, with more expected to follow as the centre moves into…

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Construction of OAS Phase 2 moving ahead

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Steelwork on the structures is well advanced and the roof of the 3,800 square metre training workshop is on. Designs of the floor layouts and related infrastructure are currently being agreed between training provider AMTC and Midas. Steve Hall of the OAS project team said: “We can really see the scale of the building taking…

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AMTC appointed to provide skills training for OAS ‘Phase 2’

AMTC appointed to provide skills training for OAS ‘Phase 2’

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Photo: Representatives from AMTC, UKAEA, STFC and Midas Construction along with OAS apprentices at the construction site for the OAS Phase 2 training centre The Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) will bring its wealth of experience to train OAS apprentices when the new building opens in September 2019 and forms OAS Phase 2. AMTC is…

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Culham welcomes new OAS apprentices

Culham welcomes new OAS apprentices

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The start of the academic year marked a new cohort of OAS apprentices at Culham. Sixteen of the region’s employers are represented in the 79 apprentices and HNC students at Oxfordshire Advanced Skills – with almost 50 of the apprentices new to Culham this year. The rise in OAS apprentices comes ahead of the opening…

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Full steam ahead for OAS as new building receives planning permission

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Planning permission was received from South Oxfordshire District Council for the 3,800 square metre building, which will soon begin to take shape at Culham Science Centre.  UKAEA’s Chief Operating Officer – and OAS Project Sponsor – David Martin welcomed the “fabulous” news, saying: “Let’s get digging!” The centre will be equipped with labs and workshops specifically designed for training in engineering disciplines…

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First years celebrate successful start to OAS training

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They have spent the past year developing engineering skills in the work-place environment of the OAS apprentice training centre. The apprentices will now complete their apprenticeships in their parent companies. They will continue to return to OAS one day per week to complete their academic training, completing the Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in…

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OAS apprentices take plaudits at national contest

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Engineering apprentices took part in the 2018 National Apprenticeship Competition to compete for a cash prize of £1,000 and showcase their design projects at the National Manufacturers Debate held at the University. The competition this year was to research, design and present a project on the theme for 2018 – production of a multi-purpose vehicle/lab/workshop/habitat…

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MPs cite OAS as example in Parliamentary debate on skills

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Mr Howell’s comments came as part of a debate on the Government’s skills strategy at Westminster earlier this month. Following an introduction to the skills strategy by former Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Robert Halfon, Mr Howell described OAS at Culham Science Centre as “an apprenticeship hub that specialises in providing high-tech engineering…

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Oxfordshire Advanced Skills News - OAS holds key event to recruit apprentices of tomorrow

OAS holds key event to recruit apprentices of tomorrow

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More than 140 young people and parents came to a careers event hosted by OAS to find out about training places with a whole range of employers present. Visitors also heard about plans for the new OAS centre which will train more than 350 young people. Figures show the UK has an acute shortage of…

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