Oxfordshire Advanced Skills has been held up as a national example of excellence in the UK Government’s new Research & Development Roadmap.
The roadmap sets out the UK’s vision and ambition for science, research and innovation. It follows the Government’s commitment at the last Budget to increase public investment in R&D to £22 billion by 2024 to 2025.
The document’s chapter on skills, ‘Inspiring and enabling talented people and teams’, uses OAS as a case study and points to our success in training hundreds of apprentices for industrial partners. It mentions OAS’s planned expansion to cover power engineering, AI, robotics and nuclear design, which will increase the pool of talent for UK hi-tech organisations operating in these areas.
The roadmap also references Government plans to work with OAS to pilot new approaches to attracting and supporting apprentices from underrepresented and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.
Director of OAS, David Martin, was delighted with OAS’s inclusion in this key national strategy:
It was great to have the success of OAS recognised as an example of excellence. We strive to deliver high quality training to deliver a pipeline of work-ready engineering talent for industry and this shows we are succeeding. We look forward with great excitement to expanding this offering in terms of levels, locations and sectors in the near future with OAS Phase 3.
To read the UK Research & Development Roadmap go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-research-and-development-roadmap