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

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

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


Apprentice Software Developer, Student Services, University of Oxford Apprentice Service Desk Analyst, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Becoming an Apprentice at the University of Oxford is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience, training and qualifications. This is a fantastic vacancy if you are interested in progressing a career in IT & Software Development.

  • This apprenticeship includes an 18 month training programme which will cover all aspects of that role and will be delivered through in-house training, as well as day-release or other distance learnin gmethods felivered by Digital Native. You will gain a Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship (equivalent to a Foundation Degree).
  • The purpose of this post is to acquire the necessary skills in order to contribute to the support, design and implementation of solutions using a range of software applications including SITS:Vision, SQL and Microsoft Dynamics.
  • Student Systems is responsible for the direction, development and support of the IT systems that underpin academic administration at Oxford
  • To apply for this post, you should be educated to at least GCSE (or equivalent), including Maths and English at grade 4 or above and be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm and aptitude for the skills taught in the Apprenticeship.

· Starting salary: £17,682 (salary progression through successful completion of programme).

To find out more and apply, please visit:

Applications close 12 noon on 16th October 2019.

Apprentice Service Desk Analyst, Dept of Comouter Science, University of Oxford

• This Apprenticeship includes a 3 year training programme which will be taught by Basingstoke iTec, to gain to a City and Guilds, IT Software, Web and Telecoms Professional Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.
• The Service Desk is the main point of contact for IT queries in the Department of Computer Science for academics, students, visitors and support staff. The Apprentice Service Desk Analyst will be taught and be responsible for offering advice and support on IT related issues, taking ownership of incidents, liaising with third parties for purchase requests, and working with colleagues within the IT Support team to ensure timely delivery of innovative solutions.
• The Department of Computer Science was established in 1957, making it one of the longest-established Computer Science departments in the country. A significant majority of the Department are active in externally sponsored research, with both government and industrial funding. At present, there are 69 members of academic staff and almost 100 research staff.

• To apply for this post, you should have English and Maths to GCSE Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) and demonstrate an enthusiasm and aptitude for the skills taught in the apprenticeship.

• Starting salary: £17,682 (salary progression through successful completion of programme).

To download the job description, please visit:

To apply, please visit: https://www.findapprenticeship...

Applications close 12 noon on 18th October 2019.


  • 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
  • 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.