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We are back: the OAS Training Centre opens its doors

On Monday 29th June, the OAS Training Centre officially re-opened its doors for learners to resume practical sessions. Our apprentices have now spent a few weeks in the centre and are pleased to be back, following over three months of predominantly theory-based virtual learning.

The COVID-19 pandemic for OAS, like all other businesses, was something we had never experienced before but our best-in-class delivery team, led by OAS Delivery Manager, James Wagstaff, worked hard to support our learners throughout and continue their progression.

Now, after weeks of preparation in order to meet the guidance set out by the UK Government and Public Health England, apprentices returned to the centre at UKAEA’s Culham Science Centre to continue the practical aspect of their learning.

For the safety of all learners and staff, social distancing is being enforced at all times whilst onsite. Increased hygiene measures are also in place with multiple hand sanitiser stations and a clear one-way system around the building all to ensure everyone is safe when onsite at OAS as our apprentices complete the crucial elements of their engineering apprenticeships.

On the re-opening of the training centre, Adrian Leavitt, Deputy Director – Delivery commented: “We’re delighted to welcome our apprentices and key members of staff back in centre. We are very proud of the way everyone associated with OAS has conducted themselves throughout the sustained period of remote learning and, in particular, the way in which our apprentices have continued to excel despite these testing times.

“Despite all the amazing work by our delivery team to continue training virtually, it was important that we opened the training centre as soon as it was safe to do so because the practical element of any engineering apprenticeship is so important. These skills give apprentices the ability to hit the ground running in the workplace and add real value from the start.”