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Parents & Carers – Your FAQs answered

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Apprenticeships are gaining in popularity because of the unique benefits they offer compared to other learning pathways. If your child enjoys hands-on learning and is looking for a springboard into the engineering and manufacturing sector, then our Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship programme is the perfect way to kick start their career when they leave…

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Celebrating success and progression

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Mike Prior, Apprentice Trainer at OAS, talks about how we celebrate success at OAS “Here at OAS, we are committed to helping each and every learner to be the very best they can be. We are creating the next generation of UK manufacturing talent, and we want them to deliver positive impact to their employers…

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LGBT+ History Month: Kieran Bullivant

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My name is Kieran Bullivant, and I am a 21-year-old apprentice at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). For some people that seems very young, and I’m certainly younger than many of my colleagues and at a much earlier stage of my career, but I have still been welcomed into the STEM community. I came with…

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Kicking off National Apprenticeship Week 2021!

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Today marks the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2021, and we’ve got lots of activities planned to celebrate all things apprenticeships! This year’s NAW theme is ‘Build the Future’ – a sentiment that is right at the heart of our approach to training. Here at OAS, we’re creating the next generation of advanced manufacturing talent…

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LGBT+ History Month

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What is LGBT+ History Month? LGBT+ History Month is an annual celebration of LGBT+ people in all their diversity, aiming to raise awareness and educate out prejudice. The month-long event provides role models, builds community and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBT+ community. LGBT+ History Month started in the US…

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First look at OAS’s exciting expansion plans

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Planning for the next phase of Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) is well underway, and we’re delighted to be able to share a sneak preview. Following the fantastic success of the existing OAS training centre, which is currently run by our training partner the MTC, the UK Government is funding an exciting expansion of the training…

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What’s coming up

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Despite the latest lockdown, it’s still a very busy time for the OAS team and there’s plenty to look forward to over the next few weeks. National Apprenticeship Week 2021 We’ve got lots of activities planned to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021 (NAW2021), which kicks off on 8 February. Keep an eye on our social…

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Extra support for SMEs in partnership with Lloyds Bank

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Is your business an SME? We’ve got a brand new package of free resources and extra funding to help you to protect your future… The MTC, which is OAS’s training partner, and Lloyds Bank have joined forces to offer a £3 million package of free support and resources to help UK manufacturing and engineering SMEs…

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Get ready to #BuildTheFuture in National Apprenticeship Week 2021!

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We’ve been getting ready behind the scenes to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, which takes place from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 February. This year’s NAW theme is ‘Build the Future’, a sentiment that is right at the heart of everything we do here at OAS as we support our learners to develop the skills,…

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Meet the Trainer: Mike Prior

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After clocking up 50 years of engineering expertise across multiple disciplines, Mike decided to put his natural talent for teaching into formal practice and joined OAS as an apprentice trainer when the centre opened in 2019. We talked to him about his own journey as an apprentice, why his latest learners have already exceeded his…

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