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, or a foundation degree.

National Apprenticeship Service Parents' Pack (Apprenticeship Information) Dec 2018


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.

For more information please see

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

Legal and Business Administration Vacancies  

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

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Opportunities with the University of Oxford


6 x Facilities Support Assistants, Estates Services, University of Oxford Technician, Dept. of Physics, University of Oxford   

This is a fantastic vacancy if you are interested in a career in Facilities Management.

· The Apprenticeship includes a 1 year training programme that will cover all aspects of the role which will be delivered by Qube Learning. You will complete a Level 2 Intermediate Facilities Support Assistant Apprenticeship and you will gain both Level 2 Certificate in Facilities Services (NVQ) and Level 2 Certificate in Facilities Services Principles (Technical Certificate) qualifications.

· As an Apprentice Facilities Support Assistant, you will learn to provide a high level of customer service, develop your knowledge of reception duties, identity checking, use of personal radios and opening and locking procedures.

· Estates Services is responsible for the management and strategic direction of Oxford University's functional and commercial estate within Oxfordshire. This comprises some 450 buildings and the infrastructure associated with them.

· To apply for this post, you should have, or be expected to obtain 3 GCSEs grade 4 – 9 or equivalent and demonstrate an enthusiasm and aptitude for the skills taught in the Apprenticeship.

· Starting salary: £17,079 (salary progression through successful completion of programme).

To find out more and apply, please visit:

Applications close 12 noon on 15th July 2019. There are 6 positions available!

Apprentice Mechanical Workshop Technician, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Oxford

This is a fantastic vacancy if you are interested in a career in mechanical engineering.

· The Apprenticeship includes a 4 year training programme that will cover all aspects of the role which will be delivered by Oxford Advanced Skills (OAS). You will gain a level 3 Advanced Engineering Technician Standard Apprenticeship and the successful candidate will gain both a National Diploma in Engineering and a Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Maintenance.

· Oxford has one of the largest and most successful chemistry departments in the world with over 70 research groups comprising around 900 active researchers including 400 graduate students.

· The Mechanical Workshop designs, builds and repairs mechanical equipment for research groups across the Department of Chemistry. The workshop carries out a wide range of work from simple modifications to building entire complex experimental rigs. This can include designing and building mechanisms and fabricating vacuum vessels. Technicians in the workshop work closely with academic staff to advise them and to help them achieve their research goals.

· To apply for this post, you should have, or be expected to obtain three GCSE’s in English, maths and ideally a science subject at grade C/4 or equivalent, and demonstrate interest and passion for engineering, science and technology (for example, through projects, hobbies or work experiences).

· Starting salary: £17,079 (salary progression through successful completion of programme).

To find out more and apply, please visit:

Applications close 12 noon on 19th July 2019.

To see all other Apprenticeship vacancies currently available on our website, please visit:


  • Ambic Engineering Apprenticeships - please see here for details of apprenticeships starting immediately.
  • Mullins Joinery - For details of a joinery apprenticeship please see Here
  • 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
  • Lots of opportunities on OXME. Find out more here
  • Oxford University Apprenticeships vacancies are here
  • AIRBUS are looking for avionic and mechanical apprentices within the Helicopter division based at Kidlington airport. They are looking to fill vacancies for a five year Avionic and Mechanical apprenticeship, starting August 2019. Please email  or for further information.
  • Airtanker Apprenticeship commencing September 2019. For more details see here and  AirTanker is now providing an exciting opportunity for two individuals to enrol in an 18 month apprenticeship scheme within Ground Operations. During the 18 month apprenticeship the apprentices will develop skills as they travel around various departments within Ground Operations, whilst completing mandatory workshops with an external training provider. On successful completion of an End Point Assessment the apprentice will be issued with an Institute’s Certificate specifying the standard and grade achieved. Following the apprenticeship there may be an opportunity to secure a further 12 months fixed term contract with AirTanker. Please see here and here for further details.   
  • 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

    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.