The roadshow is part of our Access and Awareness inclusion initiative, which aims to reach and support a more diverse range of learners to fulfil their potential through apprenticeships. Working closely with our local networks, the roadshow targets communities that are currently underrepresented in apprenticeships and engineering across Oxfordshire and beyond.
We kicked off our tour with two school visits during National Apprenticeship Week in February, calling in on students and teachers at Oxford Academy and Didcot 6th Form, while our third session took place during National Careers Week in March at Blackbird Leys Community Centre.
Each event gives people an opportunity to get hands on experience with STEM, including operating robot arms, using 3D printers, experimenting with a vacuum chamber, and competing on a virtual welder, as well as other interactive activities. We’re thrilled with the roadshow’s success so far, with brilliant questions, fantastic engagement, and positive feedback from students, teachers and families.
We’re busy planning the next stops on the tour, so if you know an organisation that would like to host an OAS roadshow, please contact our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Partner at UKAEA, Edyta Larsen, via email@example.com, for more details.
OAS is committed to developing the next generation of engineering talent to support the future and success of the UK’s manufacturing industry and its workforce. If you’re an aspiring apprentice who is interested in joining the engineering sector, we want OAS to be the place you choose to kickstart your career – regardless of your socio-economic background, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religious views, neurodiversity, disability, mental health, or any other trait or characteristic that might make you feel ‘different’ somewhere else. All that matters to us is that you’re keen to learn and passionate about engineering – we can support you with the rest.