Careers Opportunities and Apprenticeships Information

What is an Apprenticeship?

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

  • Degree - Level 5-7

Further information can be found in the National Apprenticeship Service Parents' Pack (Dec 2019) here


Amazing Apprenticeships - For the latest apprenticeship information & advice for parents, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service - see here

ACE Training - are offering a Summer Programme (8th July - 14th August 2020) in Construction - see here for details.  They are also offering Saturday Open Mornings over a number of dates through to November 2020 - see here for information.

Oxfordshire Labour Market Information :- has been been compiled to bring to young people's attention the jobs in demand and enterprise opportunities across the county, now and in the future. It's aim is to broaden young people's knowledge and understanding of the labour market, raise their aspirations and help them plan their career pathways based on high quality, up to date, locally relevant information. The Jan 2020 Labour Market Information for Oxfordshire can be found here.  To access the OxLep Skills and Labour Market website please see here

Oxford University Hospitals  - see here for information about current vacancies.

Opportunities and Vacancies Bulletins  - weekly updates for Witney and North Oxfordshire area can be found here  

Oxford Energy Academy are one of Oxfordshire’s leading training provider for plumbing, heating and electrical apprenticeships. They have apprenticeship places available in September 2020 for both plumbing and electrical courses.  They are holding taster sessions in the school Easter Holidays - Monday 6th April 2020 - for interested Year 11 students; taster sessions will need to be booked.  Information on the Taster Session can be found here; the Taster Booking Form can be found here.

OCC have several vacancies for highly motivated, positive individuals who want to work in a professional office alongside legal professionals and other administrative staff. For further details see here

The Burnside Partnership are recruiting for two Apprentices – roles that would be ideal for students either interested in a career in the Law or in Business Administration. They are looking for young people who have decided that they wish to have an alternative to university and who instead wish to earn and train. We partner with Cilex Law School who provide accredited training and we offer study leave as well as an exciting opportunity to progress in the workplace. The Burnside Partnership is an innovative law firm based between Witney and Woodstock and this year we are delighted to be the winner of Oxfordshire Small Business Apprenticeship provider award. Interested students should look at: for further details of the available roles.

Acrona Engineering Ltd Are seeking a keen enthusiastic school leaver who has an interest in Precision Engineering to offer a placement as a Production Facilitator (Engineering Improver) and futuristically an offer of permanent position to a suitable candidate.  The ideal Candidate should be: Computer literate, of School Leaver (Age not too important); engineering experience is not necessary as all necessary training will be conducted in house.   For further information, please contact

STEM Summer Placements for Years 11 & 12 with Science Oxford
Science Oxford are taking applications for their summer STEM placements for Year 11 and 12 students until 31st March. See for details and how to apply.

Uncover Engineering: Residential for Girls
5th - 8th April, University of Oxford - Somerville College and the Department of Engineering Science
Free residential course comprising hands-on workshops for young women aged 14-16 to get a taste of a career in engineering. See for details

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. For more information please see here

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 see here for more information on the role and how to apply.

Work Experience with Thames Valley Police

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.       

Apprenticeships with the University of Oxford


Becoming an Apprentice at the University of Oxford is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience, training, qualifications and a salary. The university has an ever growing number of Apprenticeships and it is actively working towards creating even more opportunities for the community. New Apprenticeship vacancies are always appearing, so check back regularly for new postings here 


  • Ambic Engineering Apprenticeships - please see here for details of apprenticeships starting immediately.
  • The Engineering Trust - For our current Engineering Apprenticeship Vacancies please see here
  • Applications now open for AWE’s award-winning apprenticeship programme -   
  • Success at School - Apprenticeships and work experience at top companies - Click here
  • Activate Business School Apprenticeships - see here for vacancies.
  • Lots of opportunities on OXME. Find out more here
  • Abingdon & Witney College - see here
  • Activate Apprenticeships, Oxford - the new Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Interactive Media and Computer Arts is now live on their website; for information see  here  and to apply to study click on the link here
  • Activate Apprenticeships, Oxford - please see here for apprenticeships which are updated regularly. 
  • Advanced Therapies Apprenticeship Communities (ATAC)  - For STEM Apprenticeship Vacancies please see  here
  • BMW Mini at Oxford have some exciting opportunities for students completing GCSEs and A Levels this year - please see their website here for information.
  • Sanska Highway Maintenance Apprenticeship Vacancies - vacancies open until end April 2020, but early applications encouraged - see here for information and view their careers website here

    External information

    The Government 'Find an Apprenticeship' website

    The National Apprenticeship Service website

    The National Apprenticeship Service - Parent information

    Abingdon and Witney College Apprenticeship 

    Oxfordshire Apprenticeships  

    Oxcentric   Information on different aspects of growing up including education and training. There is a webchat service available and you can find out about support for when you finish in the summer.


    National Careers Service -  For job profiles and information about which careers will be in demand in the future. If you want to speak to an advisor you can call 0800 100 900; they will call you back.

    Careers Guide 

    All About School - Offers free advice and guidance to young people. - Find out about live apprenticeships, training and Job vacancies and get in touch with employers. Tips about applying for jobs and how to impress at interviews.