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Full steam ahead for OAS as new building receives planning permission

Oxfordshire Advanced Skills this week got the go-ahead for construction of its new base, which is set to open in Autumn 2019.

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 including mechanical, electrical, robotics and PLCs, vacuum, cryogenics, fluids and control & instrumentation. OAS is working with local businesses to ensure the new building’s capabilities meet their needs. 

OAS continues to expand year on year.  Sixteen of the region’s top employers will send over 80 apprentices and HNC students to the existing OAS centre in September 2018 (up from 32 in 2017), reflecting the high quality of training, equipment and calibre of apprentices. The new building will be able to train up to 350 people per year.