Oxfordshire Advanced Skills training centre on hunt for 100 future apprentice engineers

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The Oxfordshire Advanced Skills training centre is on the hunt for more than 100 engineers of the future to fill apprenticeship places, and is planning its first apprentice open evening since the pandemic began.

The apprentices will be part of the centre’s 2022 intake, and will start their training at the 3,800 sq metre training academy at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site at Culham Science Centre near Abingdon in September.

An open evening to showcase the training facilities will be held at the centre on Wednesday, November 17 with sessions running at 5pm and 6pm. The event will give budding engineers the opportunity to learn about the apprenticeship, and also understand the needs of some of the employers with whom the centre is currently working. Anyone interested should register at https://www.oas.ukaea.uk/open-evenings/

UKAEA has partnered with STFC to form OAS to increase the amount of trained technicians available to local employers in the county – one of the UK’s high-tech hotspots. Training at the facility is delivered by MTC Apprenticeships, replicating the MTC’s industry-leading Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre in Coventry. MTC Apprenticeships has built a rapid reputation for equipping apprentices not only with core engineering skills but also the latest advanced manufacturing techniques.

More than 100 apprentices will begin apprenticeships next year, with a further 100 being recruited at the AMTC in Coventry.

The Abingdon centre is kitted out with industry-standard equipment covering a wide range of engineering and technology disciplines.

David Hughes MBE, managing director of MTC Apprenticeships, said: “Having an insight into tomorrow’s technology gives us the ability to create training programmes and apprenticeships to provide industry with a capable workforce. We are delighted to be working with UKAEA and STFC to deliver the Oxfordshire Advanced Skills training programme. There is a clear synergy and shared vision across our organisations.”

The MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) is established to prove innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile environment in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions.  The MTC houses some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, creating a high quality environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale. This provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to develop new and innovative processes and technologies.

Established in 2015, The Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre is a state-of-the-art training centre, next to the pioneering Manufacturing Technology Centre, designed to help create a new generation of engineers and technicians, equipped with the advanced manufacturing skills of the future.
The centre’s apprenticeship scheme provides business-ready technicians and engineers for employers eager to grow their businesses and ensure a competitive advantage. AMTC apprentices have received specialist training with the skills to make an immediate difference in their organisation. 

Located at Culham Science Centre near Abingdon, OAS is a partnership between the UK Atomic Energy Authority and the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The two organisations have a history of apprentice training in science and engineering stretching back more than 70 years. OAS offers training for the Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard, designed by employers to give the technical and practical knowledge required to work in the engineering sector. The aim of OAS is to benefit both employers and the apprentices being trained: