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OAS invites aspiring technicians to explore the world of apprenticeships

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 real insight about what it’s like to be an apprentice at OAS, exploring what’s covered within the OAS apprenticeship programme and what candidates can expect in the application process. There was also a virtual tour of the world class training centre and a live Q&A with current apprentices, employers and trainers.

Attendees included school and college leavers considering their next steps, parents and carers supporting their decision making, and adults thinking about a career change. After registering their interest, the potential apprentices are now in the process of joining our talent pool so that they’ll be the first to hear about new vacancies with our employer partners in 2021.

The interactive sessions included three OAS apprentices who spoke about their learning journey so far and shared their top tips for maximising the value of an apprenticeship, before they answered live questions from their future peers. Dawn Maskens, Apprentice Scheme Supervisor at OAS employer partner Diamond Light Source, also shared her experience of why OAS apprentices are so important to the future of her business and what she’ll be looking for in their new recruits for 2021.

OAS Apprentice Recruitment Co-ordinator, Pam Ritchie, was delighted with the event: “It was fantastic to meet so many new potential apprentices and their families, even though we can’t invite them to visit the training centre in person at the moment our online events mean that we can still help people to make an informed decision about the next steps in their careers and skills pathways. The level of engagement was exceptional, with a really interesting Q&A session, and we’re already looking forward to our next event in December!”

If you’re aspiring to work for some of the UK’s most forward thinking manufacturers, or you want to kick-start your engineering career and earn while you learn, then sign up for a place at our next session over on our Open Events page. If you’d like to speak to someone about the programme at OAS, please get in touch with Pam Ritchie on 07730 317719 or via Pam.Ritchie@the-mtc.org.

If you’re an employer seeking new apprentices or want to understand the benefits the OAS apprenticeship programme can offer to your business, please contact our Business Development Manager, Paul Smith, on 07933 397161 or via Paul.Smith2@the-mtc.org.