After completing their sixth form course at UTC Oxfordshire, many students choose to apply for an apprenticeship in engineering, science or business. Apprentices are full time employees of a company and they earn a wage, work alongside experienced staff to gain job specific skills and study part time for nationally recognised qualifications. Locally, there are a large number of very prestigious apprenticeships available at three different levels:
- Advanced apprenticeship working towards level 3 vocational qualifications
- Higher apprenticeships working towards level 4 vocational qualifications or a foundation degree
- Degree apprenticeships working towards vocational qualifications and a degree, fully funded by the employer
Some employers will take students straight onto a degree or higher apprenticeship, while others start their apprentices on an advanced scheme and allow them to move move up to a degree apprenticeship if they work hard and make good progress.
UTC Oxfordshire prepares students for apprenticeship applications in several ways:
- Weekly employer led challenge projects or ELPs which develop employability skills such as leadership, problem solving, communication, teamwork, initiative, planning and organising, resilience, self awareness and management.
- Weekly Personal and Professional Development (PPD) sessions in years 12 and 13 to prepare for work experience, applications and interviews.
- Careers evenings with our employer partners and alumni students to discuss apprenticeship schemes and work experience.
Individual careers advice and guidance.
Since 2015, students have started apprenticeships with employers such as:
- William F1
- (Which F1 did Jake Long go to?)
- UK Atomic Energy Authority
- Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
- Science and Technology Facilitating Council
- Jack whatsit
- Jaguar Landrover
- Laing O’Rourke
- Satellite Applications Catapult
- Vertex Pharmaceuticals
- Oxford Engineering
- SST Tube Technology