The hunt is on for the engineers of the future

The Oxfordshire Advanced Skills training centre is on the hunt for more than 100 engineers of the future to fill apprenticeship places.

The apprentices will be part of September 2020’s intake, and will start their training at the newly opened 3,800 sq metre training academy at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site at Culham Science Centre near Abingdon.

An open evening to showcase the training facilities will be held at the new centre on Thursday 28 November from 5pm to 7pm. The event will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the apprenticeships, 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/

The Coventry-based Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) teamed up with the UKAEA and the Science and Technology Facilities Council to train hundreds of apprentices in the new academy.

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. More than 100 apprentices will begin next September, with a further 100 being recruited at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre in Coventry.

Training at the new facility is being delivered by the AMTC, replicating the industry-leading training centre in Coventry. The AMTC has built a rapid reputation for equipping apprentices not only with core engineering skills but also the latest advanced manufacturing techniques.

The Abingdon centre will be equipped with industry-standard equipment covering a wide range of engineering and technology disciplines.

Paul Rowlett, Managing Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, said: “Having an insight into tomorrow’s technology gives us the ability to create training programmes and apprenticeships to equip 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.”

Anyone interested in more information on OAS apprenticeships should visit https://www.oas.ukaea.uk

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