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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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OAS Announces Partnership with Embracing Future Potential

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OAS announces new partnership with Embracing Future Potential to increase our Equality Diversity & Inclusion impact We’re proud to announce our latest Equality Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) partnership with Embracing Future Potential, a new user-centric organisation that aims to increase access to employment and development opportunities for those sectors of the workforce who are not…

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Apprentice Case Study: Olivia Elvin

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Olivia knew she wanted to be an engineer since watching her dad work on a race car on the drive when she was very young. After discovering her love of composites through a work experience placement, Olivia chose an apprenticeship to gain the hands-on training she excels at whilst she works for her family’s favourite…

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Meet the Trainer – Elliann Edwards

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An ex-apprentice herself, Elliann joined the OAS team from industry in March 2020 as a specialist in mechanical engineering. She talked to us about why she’s committed to building supportive apprentice communities, how becoming an OAS trainer is the best career decision she’s ever made, and shared some tips to help prospective apprentices get the…

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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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