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Introducing UKAEA, Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards headline sponsor

We are delighted to introduce The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) as the headline sponsor of the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2019. Chief Operating Officer and former Apprentice David Martin explains why Apprenticeships matter to the organisation and why supporting our Awards is so important...

Tell us why you are supporting the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards

UKAEA is proud to sponsor the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2019. Apprentices have always been a very important part of our strategy for training the next generation of engineers and technicians and more recently many other business disciplines. The national focus on increasing and broadening Apprenticeships, driven by Government policy, is a very welcome development and has allowed UKAEA to share its high quality training programme with employers large or small via the new Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) facility at Culham Science Centre.

We are passionate about quality skills training that matches the demands of the employer, is delivered in a workplace context and sets young people on a fulfilling and rewarding career path. So we are delighted to be associated with awards that showcase the high standard of training and the achievements of talented Apprentices around the county.

Tell us about your organisation’s experience of Apprenticeships

The UKAEA organisation, at a senior level, has an in-depth knowledge of Apprenticeships and the rewards for both the employer and the employee. UKAEA Apprentice Training Scheme has been operating successfully since 1947 and in a more focused way for the last 13 years at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

Building on the success of our award-winning Advanced Engineering Apprenticeships our organisation has recently expanded and diversified to provide Apprenticeships in a wide range of other areas to help UKAEA achieve its future talent needs and to support the government`s plans to increase apprenticeships throughout the UK. Maintaining a high-quality training delivery is a major factor to the successful operation of our facility, UKAEA recognise that a highly skilled workforce is more effective and innovative and brings added gains beyond these including excellent organisational image and staff retention.

How do you inspire the next generation of Apprentices?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) wish to inspire the next generation and enthuse young people about the exciting and rewarding career opportunities available through UKAEA Apprenticeship training. Through our world-leading science and engineering programmes we have for many years promoted that studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects provides exciting opportunities to those looking at future careers in the Oxfordshire area.

UKAEA with schools, colleges and other Oxfordshire organisations endeavours to show young people who are looking for an interesting and rewarding career that Apprenticeships are just as valid as any other route into a variety of sectors and provide a great way to kick start a career. UKAEA can and do provide professional advice to those considering Apprenticeships alongside other alternatives such as University or A-level study. We are keen to use the investment from government in Oxford Advanced Skills (OAS) to increase the pool of highly skilled technicians available to all local industry.

Our scheme and Apprentices regularly partake in a number of careers and outreach events and thus enable us to promote Apprenticeships to a wide audience. The UKAEA Apprenticeship scheme has for many years actively supported several training initiatives in the Oxfordshire area. Our drive to improve and develop practical skills for careers in engineering and technology has resulted in the OAS Training Centre programme which will increase opportunities for people to follow a work-based route into the hi-tech sector. The employer led centre with its focus on quality will help employers build on the specific skills, experience and knowledge they’re looking for and address the lack of ‘work readiness’ currently experienced by organisations.

The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2019 are open for entries and nominations until midnight on Friday 18th January. See the Awards page for details. Join us on Twitter @OxonApprentice for Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Hour (#OAHour) from 1pm every Thursday for latest on the Awards and join in the conversation using the hashtag #OAAwards2019.