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 of the centre’s new building – capable of training up to 350 people a year – in Autumn 2019.
Steve Hall, the OAS manager, said: “The OAS is an amazing success story. We’ve seen our intake for apprentices increase year on year.
“The number of new starters for 2018 goes to show the demand for high quality apprenticeships throughout the region.”
The new apprentices started back on September 6 with the full programme beginning a few days later.
New employers sending their apprentices to OAS this year include Veolia Oxford Technologies, Oxford Instruments, Polar Technology, Valeofoods, Abbott and Satellite Applications Catapult.
The OAS was established to help UKAEA meet its future talent needs and to support the Government`s plans to increase apprenticeships throughout the UK. Its first intake was two years ago and OAS has grown steadily since.