Exciting ‘Phase 3’ expansion plans underway at Oxfordshire Advanced Skills

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Planning for the next phase of Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) is well underway, and we’re delighted to be able to share a sneak preview.

Following the fantastic success of the existing OAS training centre, the UK Government is funding an exciting expansion of the training programme to increase the skills we can offer to learners and their employers.

OAS ‘Phase 3’ will cover an extra five key industrial sectors across several locations, as well as extending the available training to qualification levels 4 to 8. With a total investment in excess of £30 million, the developments will deliver even more high-quality training in some of the most strategically important sectors to the UK economy. When it is complete, OAS Phase 3 will create a further 120 technicians, engineers and scientists every year, each with the highly sought-after skills that businesses need to drive innovation and progress.

The current OAS building at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) Culham Science Centre will be extended to deliver training in the Robotics, Power Engineering and Space sectors. The design of this new building is nearing completion with a view to works starting in early 2022. UKAEA, alongside OAS’s joint sponsor The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), are also conducting final stage discussions with potential partners for the delivery of Level 6 and 7 programmes including Cyber Security.

A new facility very similar to the current OAS training centre will also begin to deliver additional Level 2 and 3 basic engineering training. STEP Skills will be located close to the STEP prototype fusion power plant site which is also being developed by UKAEA. The site’s location will be decided in the next two years, with fifteen sites in the running nationwide. More details about the location of the new project can be found here – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uks-prototype-fusion-energy-plant-is-one-step-closer-to-finding-a-home

In other developments further afield, UKAEA are also talking to select partner organisations about exploring the potential for another OAS centre to deliver training in these strategic sectors outside the Oxfordshire region, extending the centre’s reach and delivering greater impact across the UK.

This is an exciting time for the OAS programme, with many updates to look out for over the coming weeks and months.

Keep up to date with the latest developments by regularly visiting the news pages of the OAS website – https://www.oas.ukaea.uk/news-blog/

Call us on 02476 701557, email us at employers@the-mtc.org or visit www.oas.ukaea.uk/employers to find out more.

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