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OAS Announces Partnership with Women in Nuclear UK

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OAS partners with Women in Nuclear (WiN) as part of our drive to increase Equality Diversity & Inclusion in apprenticeships and beyond. We’re delighted to announce that OAS has formed a collaborative partnership with Women in Nuclear UK (WiN UK) as part of our commitment to promoting gender diversity within the STEM sector. OAS launched…

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Louise Davies

Meet the Trainer – Louise Davies

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A Coded Welder by trade, Louise worked in shipyards and oil and gas plants before moving into the training sector to pass her skills on to the next generation. We talked to her about continuing her own mentor’s legacy, what sets OAS apprentices apart from other learners, and how she helped build a sports wheelchair…

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New biodiversity initiatives to be introduced at OAS

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A chance conversation at break time for first-year apprentices Myles Klaiber and Thomas Pool has led the OAS Project Team to green light the installation of a wildflower field on site as part of the exciting new phase of developments at OAS. The Mechanical Engineering Technician apprentices, both of whom are employed by the Science…

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Max Butcher

Apprentice Case Study: Max Butcher

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After dreaming of becoming an inventor when he was younger, Max naturally followed an engineering pathway and is currently an Apprentice Electronics Engineer at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in Oxford. We talked to him about why he’d love to work in Space, what distinguishes an apprentice from an academic graduate, and the…

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OAS Supports INWED21

International Women in Engineering Day 2021

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23 June is International Women in Engineering Day, or INWED for short. Now in its eighth year, INWED is an international awareness campaign that raises the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women and girls in this exciting industry. INWED was started in 2014 by the…

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LGBTQ+ Pride Month

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Each year throughout June, communities across the world celebrate sexual diversity, freedom of expression and self-worth through a multitude of colourful loud and proud events recognising the positive influence Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) people have upon our world. There’s no doubt that we’ve come a long way since the Stonewall Riots back…

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Meet our Wellbeing Champions!

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MTC Apprenticeships is the training provider responsible for delivering apprenticeships and workforce upskilling at OAS. The MTC’s network of Wellbeing Champions was established in 2019 and has since grown to include over 40 people. They’re available to help any of our learners and colleagues by offering confidential conversations and support, and signposting additional guidance and…

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Mental Health Awareness Week

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10 – 16 May 2021 is Mental Health Awareness Week, during what continues to be a challenging time for everyone and as COVID-19 restrictions are tentatively relaxed across the UK. Raising awareness about the importance of mental health and taking some time to think and talk about mental health issues has never been more important.…

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Apprentice Case Study: Cameron Tappin

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Cameron has always been interested in engineering and physics, and set his sights on entering the aerospace sector through an OAS apprenticeship after he experienced more practical learning opportunities at sixth form. We talked to him about the skills and knowledge he’s gained so far, why you should never be afraid to ask for help,…

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OAS helps employers access up to £8,200 per new apprentice

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Government Incentives and OAS Support Combine to Help Engineering Apprenticeships. An SME salary support scheme and doubled Government incentives announced in the Budget mean that Oxfordshire Advanced Skills employer partners can receive up to £8,200 for hiring a new engineering apprentice. In the Budget, the Government doubled and extended the financial incentives available to support…

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