Skills and Labour Force

The second of the four key objectives outlined on the BIS is to support businesses struggling with attracting and retaining skilled staff, particularly young people and graduates. South & Vale Business Support is heavily involved in facilitating ways to address skills gap in key sectors including building links between educational institutions and employers, holding careers fairs, giving talks to students and funding pop up business schools. You can read more here.

If you have been affected by issues surrounding skills and labour force and need advice, please contact us.

Oxford Advanced Skills

The Oxford Advanced Skills training centre enables Oxfordshire businesses to offer young people hi-tech and engineering apprenticeships of the highest quality.

It offers unique benefits for employers, apprentices and the local economy in one of the most thriving areas for science and technology in the UK.

Located at Culham Science Centre, the home of the UK’s fusion energy research programme, Oxford Advanced Skills is a partnership between the UK Atomic Energy Authority and the Science & Technology Facilities Council. The centre is managed by leading apprentice training provider JTL, which works with 6,000 learners and 3,500 employers across England and Wales.

Oxford Advanced Skills is now open and took its first intake of apprentices in September 2016. The OAS training centre was officially opened at UKAEA’s site at Culham in October 2019. The facility is capable of teaching up to 350 young people a year to help to plug the gap for high value skills in the local economy.  It aims to increase the number of trained technicians and engineers for local employers. 

Does your organisation offer solutions to the skills gap? Get in touch.