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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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OAS spreads festive cheer with jam-packed Christmas hampers!

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We have been overwhelmed by our apprentices’ and colleagues’ generous response to the OAS Christmas hamper collection, which was gratefully received by a local NHS care home. After learning that many of the 28 residents in Stirlings care home in Wantage didn’t have any family with whom to share the festive season, and were unable…

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International Day of People with Disabilities 2020

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What is International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD)? IDPWD is an international day of celebration for people living with disabilities, set up by the United Nations (UN) as part of their commitment to calling for the creation of inclusive, accessible and sustainable societies. The day aims to bring people together to support those with…

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OAS invites aspiring technicians to explore the world of apprenticeships

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The future-skills training team is already building a strong talent pool for September 2021 following another successful virtual open event. Over 40 people attended the latest Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) virtual open evening to explore the opportunities and options the award-winning apprenticeship programme will offer in 2021. The open event aimed to give attendees a…

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Apprentice Case Study: Harrison Shirley

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After learning about the OAS programme through a work experience placement at UKAEA, Harrison knew immediately that our apprenticeship route would help him to get the career acceleration he was looking for. He was one of the youngest apprentices in OAS’s cohort of 2019, but immediately stood out on account of his infectious ambition, passion…

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Apprentice Case Study: Tara Allinson

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Tara has always been interested in engineering, working on motorbikes with her engineering family before she began her apprenticeship at OAS. As she returns to her employer after completing the first year’s off-the-job programme, she explains why she loves the balance of theoretical and practical training that an apprenticeship offers and why she thinks apprenticeships…

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Focusing on ED&I at OAS

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It’s no secret that there are multiple and complex ED&I challenges throughout the UK manufacturing sector, with underrepresentation in particular of ethnic minorities, females, neurodiversity, physical and / or mental disabilities and socioeconomically challenged backgrounds within the engineering workforce. In combination with the ongoing STEM skills challenges and compounded by the continuing pandemic, there has…

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