Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you will:

  • Work alongside experienced staff

  • Gain job-specific skills

  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay

  • Study towards  related quailfications

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.

These levels are:

  • Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes

  • Advanced - equivalent to 2 A Level passes

  • Higher - can lead to NVQ level 4 and above, or a foundation degree.



AirlinePilotTraining 2018

Are hosting a careers event for aspiring pilots at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School on Saturday 3rd February 2018 between 10:00 and 15:00.  This is an ideal opportunity for students (and their families) to find out more about the airline industry; how to train as an airline pilot and the long term and varied career opportunities a role in commercial aviation offers. 

This is a free entry event so there is no cost involved, all we ask is that those who wish to attend pre-register so that we have an idea of the numbers attending.

For more information please visit:


The Museum of Natural History, Oxford - If you are aged between 14-16 the Musuem of Natural History is offering you the opportunity to become a Musuem Investigator and take part in the Museum's science fair in March. For more information  and details on how to apply for a placement please see /perch/resources/investigators.pd


Careers Fest 2018 – open session, 6th February, 4-7pm

Is your son or daughter looking for ideas and inspiration for what to do when they leave school? Would you like to know more about opportunities available locally? Careers Fest 2018 is open to parents, carers and guardians for the first this time this year!

The ninth annual Careers Fest, run by Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), is taking place at MINI Plant Oxford on 6th and 7th February. There will be an open session on 6th February from 4-7pm, giving parents, carers and guardians - as well as students - the opportunity to attend. You’ll have the chance to talk with around 50 employers and training organisations representing career choices from an array of industries to get the low down on job roles and career pathways.

Each exhibitor will also be offering a practical activity relating to the type of roles they offer - a fantastic opportunity for students to get a feel for what a job entails whilst picking up some new skills and plenty of inspiration along the way.

To book your place/s on the open session, please visit:

Click on ‘Register’ and scroll down to choose your time slot. If you have any questions, please contact Clare McLening on 07769 742295 or  


BFI Film Academy - for aspiring young filmmakers

Are you 16 - 19? Passionate about film? Looking to work in the film industry? If so, the BFI Film Academy is for you.

An introductory course which will give you hands-on experience and allow you to work towards an Arts Award qualification is being run over 10 days (half term and weekends) in October, November and December 2017 and costs £25.

For further information please visit or email


Acrona Engineering are seeking a young enthuastic person to work in their progressive local precision engineering team,

For more information on ACRONA ENGINEERING please follow the link


Opportunities with Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police Cadet Programme

The Cadet Programme aims to provide young people between the ages of 13 and 18, from all the parts of society, an opportunity to develop their qualities and skills through a structured programme, and to enhance the relationship between the public and police. It is about including teenagers irrespective of their background, financial circumstances or vulnerability to crime or social exclusions. By joining the scheme, young people will also get opportunity to express their views on policing and will act as conduits for passing on policing messages to the wider community.

Please follow the link below for more information:


Police Support Volunteer Roles

If you wish to volunteer your time on a regular basis and are aged over 16 (16-18 year olds need the permission of a parent or guardian) please follow the link below

Special Constable (Volunteer Police Officer)

Special Constables are Volunteer Police Officers who play an integral role in policing the Thames Valley. The role is diverse but demanding and you must be able to spare a minimum of 18 hours per month to join our busy teams across the force. No formal qualifications are required although we do expect honesty, integrity and a good level of physical fitness.

Please follow the link below for more information on the role of a Special Constable or if you are interested in becoming a Special Constable please follow the link below (please note that recruitment for this role opens and closes throughout the year)

Work Experience

If you wish to undertake work experience at Thames Valley Police, you will need to identify a person within the Force who would be willing to support and organise the work experience for you. The Thames Valley Police employee should then email the People Services Help Desk, requesting the documentation they will require to assist with the organisation of the work experience. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Current apprenticeship vacancies 


Pets at Home are currently offering a Level 2 Animal Grooming Apprenticeship. For more information please see


Volkswagen Group Apprenticeship Programme currently have the following apprenticeship available. 


Green Oak Construction are looking for an apprentice Bench Joiner 

For further details please see /perch/resources/green-oak-construction-002.pdf


SS Tube Technology are offering apprenticeship opportunities       

The apprenticeship program is a 4 year Level 3 apprenticeship in mechanical engineering, the starting rate is £6.5/hr with O/T at £9.75/hr – they will have a year on year raise e.g. 2nd year £7.5/hr, 3rd year £8.5/hr and 4th year £10/hr.

For further details please contact Rob Allen - Operations Director at  


The Engineering Trust -

Please see attached our current Engineering Apprenticeship Vacancies


Applications now open for AWE’s award-winning apprenticeship programme -         



Lots of opportunities on OXME this week. Including over 120 Apprenticeships. Vehicle Mechanical one in Bicester. Find out more here Network Rail Apprenticeships going at Didcot. Find out more here  Also have a look at the Army Apprenticeships including the Electrical & Mechanical Apprenticeships where you can learn , see the world and get over £18,000 per year. Find out more here

If you love Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and you are in years 11 & 12. apply for a summer STEM Apprenticeship placement in a company in Oxfordshire Please visit the Science Oxford website or email

However if you prefer to get outdoors a Horticultural Apprenticeship and Ground Apprenticeships may be your preference. But if you prefer web development go for this Apprenticeship  here All kinds of Apprenticeships are available including Business Admin ones at Oxford City Council Find out more here  and new ones are added daily. on OXME as well as on the  government website                                                                                                                 

For all the latest Apprenticeship Opportunities in the Witney area please see here

For the latest Weekly Apprenticeship Bulletin please see here


external information

The National Apprenticeship Service website

The National Apprenticeship Service - Parent information

Abingdon and Witney College Apprenticeships 

Oxfordshire Apprenticeships 



National Careers Service

Careers Guide