Support to explore and set up apprenticeships in your business


In this section, you will find a list of different organisations that can help you and your business to set up apprenticeship training.  Some of the providers are sector specific, e.g. life sciences or advanced manufacturing.  The list contains a number of providers operating in Oxfordshire.


The Government’s Apprenticeships service


Abingdon and Witney College –   Abingdon & Witney College is a general college of Further Education offering high quality apprenticeships, vocational, professional and technical education and training, working across three main campuses and in more than 20 community venues.


Activate Learning  Activate Learning provides apprenticeships, secondary, further and higher education in Oxfordshire and across the Thames Valley and south east of England.  Activate Learning has two colleges in Oxfordshire: Banbury and Bicester College and City of Oxford College.


Advanced Therapies Apprenticeship Community (ATAC) –   ATAC has been established to develop the first apprenticeship programme designed specifically to train and upskill individuals to develop, manufacture and deliver these innovative advanced therapies at scale.


The Advanced Therapies Skills and Training Network (ATSTN) – ATSTN provides skills development through a single platform to access industry recommended training programmes, hands-on training and a tool to help people explore routes into the advanced therapies and vaccines manufacturing field.


Cogent  Cogent Skills is sector based, working with companies from across the Science Industries embracing Life Sciences, Industrial Sciences and Nuclear. Cogent Skills apprenticeship and graduate services support science industry employers to attract, retain and develop people


The Engineering Trust Engineering Trust Training Limited (ETT) is a subsidiary company of The Engineering Trust and has been delivering work-based apprenticeships in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties for over 25 years. ETT currently has around 150 apprentices in training with them who are employed within engineering and manufacturing companies, most of which are small and medium size enterprises.  The Engineering Trust also has a role in reaching out to schools to raise awareness of engineering as a career and profession.


Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) – Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) is a partnership between the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) with a purpose-built apprenticeship training facility at Culham Science Centre.  OAS currently delivers advanced manufacturing apprenticeships at levels 3 and 4. For further details relating to the SME support offering in partnership with Lloyds Bank, use the link here:


Oxfordshire Apprenticeships can help you get started and answer any questions you may have. Contact us and we’ll help you find the right Apprenticeship framework and training provider to match your needs. We are happy to visit you at your premises and support you through the process of recruiting an Apprentice.

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