Introducing Oxford Bus Company, Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards supporter

We are delighted to introduce Oxford Bus Company as a supporter of the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2018. Oxford Bus Company has kept the people of Oxford moving for the past 134 years. Their services now span the width and breadth of Oxford and take passengers to London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. 

HR Manager Julie Miller explains why Apprenticeships are so important to the firm and why they're keen to champion the education and development of Oxfordshire's young people...

Tell us why you’re supporting the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards

It takes an enormous commitment on the part of both Apprentices and their employers to ensure that an Apprenticeship meets its goals. The contribution made by Apprentices is ultimately as great as the effort put in by them and the employees of the organisation they work for - it is right and proper that these efforts are recognised and their success celebrated.

Oxfordshire has a great history of education and development. This is another example of the county facing up to its responsibilities to nurture and guide the next generation to continue these great traditions into a bright new future.

Tell us about your organisation’s experience of Apprenticeships

Oxford Bus Company have had Apprentices in the past and only recently engaged two new Engineering Apprentices (too soon for them to enter this year, though!).

These Apprentices have gone on to make an enormous contribution to the success of Oxford Bus Company. Our Engineering Director, Chief Engineer and Head of Operations were all Apprentices and others have gone on to successful careers elsewhere thanks to the excellent training they received while with the Company.

The recent national focus on Apprenticeships has made it considerably easier for the Company to engage Apprentices and to manage their development and this fits well with the overall aims of the Company to ensure continued success through the development of its people.

What would you say to anyone thinking about entering or nominating?

Do it!

Entering is an easy admin task but the potential rewards for the individual or employer are a fitting tribute to their efforts. The best way to attract new Apprentices is to be able to show them the success stories of previous Apprentices. Being nominated - and potentially winning - such an award is a great recognition of the efforts made and a superb launch pad for future career plans.