The Oxfordshire Advanced Skills Training Centre: A vision becomes reality

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In August 2018, UKAEA received planning permission to start the construction of its brand new, 3,800 square metre training centre, OAS at Culham. Now, just over a year later, OAS has welcomed its first cohort of apprentices into the state-of-the-art facility representing the culmination of the vision of UKAEA and strategic partner and specialist training…

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OAS opens its doors to our 2019/20 apprentices

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Oxfordshire Advanced Skills is delighted to announce that our brand-new state of the art training centre is open and our first cohort of students have started their new apprenticeship. With more than 70 students enrolled for our first year, partnering with more than 20 local businesses it was a fantastic moment to see the vision…

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Prime Minister and OAS apprentices

OAS apprentices meet Prime Minister at Culham

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson got the lowdown on Oxfordshire Advanced Skills when he visited Culham Science Centre on 8 August. Mr Johnson met OAS apprentices Ella Quigley and Mitchell Constable, who work at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, and saw the new training centre taking shape as preparations continue for its September opening. He was…

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A sneak preview of the new workshop as the first equipment is installed on site

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As the brand new, purpose-built OAS Training Centre moves quickly towards completion and its opening in September we are delighted to share the first images of inside the new 827 sqm workshop with some of the new equipment that has now been delivered and installed. The training centre, which also features 17 individual training spaces…

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Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2019

OAS success at Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2019

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OAS apprentice Ben Morley of Harwell-based company Element Six was honoured at the recent Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2019. Ben (shown above at far left) was given recognition by the Apprenticeship Ambassadors network for his contribution in promoting apprenticeships around the county. The awards, held at Jurys Inn, Oxford, saw a major OAS involvement behind the…

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Science Minister and OAS

Minister’s praise for OAS in major science policy speech

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Mr Skidmore was at Culham to make his first major speech on science policy since being appointed. “Places like these are providing the skills our country needs for the future,” he said. “They are training both the next generation of researchers and apprentices for businesses across Oxfordshire and beyond.” During his tour of the site…

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Topping-out ceremony

Seasonal cheer as OAS celebrates topping-out milestone

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The ‘topping-out’ ceremony on Monday marked the completion of the highest point of the building. UKAEA’s David Martin joined Emma Johnstone of AMTC, who will provide training at the new centre, to hoist a giant wreath adorned with streamers onto the steel beams. Topping-out is a traditional practice in the construction industry, dating back centuries…

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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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