I started working at UKAEA on 31st October 2016. Towards the end of 2017 I was approached to do an apprenticeship in Business Administration, I went on to complete a Level 3 NVQ in Business Admin and as soon as the course came to a close, I was asked what I wanted to do next. I knew at this point that the marketing aspect of my job is what I really enjoyed doing and asked if I could pursue another apprenticeship, but this time a Level 4 NVQ in Marketing. In order to help me through my course I was given a Business Admin apprentice to help with my workload and am soon to take on the management of another apprentice, this time in Commercial Support. This is the first organisation I have worked in that actively looks to recruit younger people to help develop them and provide the tools to help them grow within the organisation. 

This week we opened a new building for Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) providing the training for new apprentices. The new OAS Training Centre has the capacity to train up to 350 apprentices per year. The 3,800 square metre building will have labs and workshops specifically designed for training in engineering disciplines including mechanical, electrical, robotics, vacuum, cryogenics, fluids and control & instrumentation. OAS is a partnership between the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC).

MTC Apprenticeships has recently announced an extension to its existing partnership with Lloyds Bank allowing SMEs working with OAS to access the £1m annual fund to cover the training costs associated with having an apprentice. The aim of the partnership is to enable the best possible training for the next generation of engineers to help deliver the future skills needed by local engineering businesses that are central to the future economic success of the area.  Created by Lloyds Bank and managed by MTC Apprenticeships, the grants will allow any eligible small and medium-sized businesses to access the new OAS apprenticeship programme.

For more information, you can sign up to the OAS newsletter here https://ukaea.foleon.com/ukaea/oas-newsletter-summer-2019/contents/

(Apprenticeships Case Study by Kathryn Belcher)