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Apprentice Case Study: Joshua Whitley

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Josh discovered his passion for engineering after working with complex machinery in a job that he took straight from school. As well as helping him to increase his skills and his value as an employee, an apprenticeship gave Josh the opportunity to explore the different sectors within engineering, further fueling his passion and inspiring him…

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The new normal at OAS

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The training centre is open and it’s business as usual – with a few changes to protect learner progress, boost our resilience, and keep everyone safe on site As the new academic year begins, the OAS team is delighted to be welcoming new and existing learners into the training centre to gain the skills, knowledge…

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Meet the Team: Emily Swatton

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Meet the Team: Emily Swatton, Apprentice Co-ordinator What is your role at OAS? I’m the Apprentice Co-ordinator, which means I’m involved in lots of different aspects of the apprenticeship journey. I look after the apprentices here at OAS in terms of their welfare and helping with any day-to-day challenges. I’m also in regular contact with…

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Apprentice Case Study: Harry Oliver

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After deciding on a career change, Harry used his apprenticeship to make his first steps into the engineering sector. He loves the variety of experience and skills his apprenticeship has provided. This has also helped him to understand the different areas within the sector, putting him in a strong position to shape the next phase…

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World Mental Health Day 2020

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10 October 2020 is World Mental Health Day, a programme that was initiated by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) in 1992. This year’s theme is ‘Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access”, with the goal of increasing investment in mental health on a global scale. At OAS, we’re taking the opportunity…

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Black History Month 2020

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What is Black History Month? Black History Month began as ‘Negro History Week’ in 1926 in America. It took place in the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (the US president whose Emancipation Proclamation helped to achieve the abolition of slavery) and Frederick Douglass (an escaped slave who became…

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National Inclusion Week 2020

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What is National Inclusion Week? National Inclusion Week 2020 takes place from 28 September to 4 October 2020. It was created eight years ago by Inclusive Employers, and is designed to celebrate everyday inclusion for everyone and in all its forms, across all sectors and industries. The aim of the event is to share, promote…

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OAS training centre celebrates a successful first year

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Equipping Apprentices with Skills for the Future The Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) training centre is celebrating its one-year anniversary as the first learners in the state-of-the-art Culham-based facility begin their on-the-job training. OAS, based at Culham Science Centre near Abingdon, offers high quality training for apprentice engineers and technicians at technology businesses in the Thames…

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What role can I expect to go into with an Advanced Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship?

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There are many benefits to apprenticeships, including being able to earn while you learn and gaining on-the-job experience as you study that sets you apart from those going to university. However, whilst many know about apprenticeship programmes, we often get asked about the types of roles our apprentices go into and what they involve. The…

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Call for employers to take advantage of new apprentice bonus

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Companies set to benefit from Plan for Jobs payments Oxfordshire Advanced Skills is urging companies to act quickly to take advantage of the Government’s new scheme to pay bonuses to employers who take on apprentices. OAS team, which is managed by apprentice training provider MTC Apprenticeships, is offering advice to companies who want to access…

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