We are currently updating our Apprenticeship course pages for 2020-21.
They will be of all ages, from all walks of life, and will all have the opportunity to gain valuable skills and really make a difference to their organisation.
Ofsted have rated our Apprenticeship programme as Outstanding. They praised the support that we provide during our apprenticeships, and said that "apprentices benefit from working for high-quality employers who help to advance their careers."
Our Employer Satisfaction Survey rating of 96% places us amongst the highest performing colleges in England so that you can be sure you are in safe hands with us.
We have strong links with employers, both within Oxfordshire and nationally, and are proud of the success rates our apprentices achieve – 20% higher than the national average.
If you’re looking for that life-changing next step into an apprenticeship, you've come to the right place. We offer apprenticeships from Level 2 up to degree-level, offering opportunities at all stages of a career.
From large companies such as the County Council and the University of Oxford, to small, innovative start-ups, we can help you to find the right apprenticeship employer to kick start your career.
Dominic Hare, CEO of Blenheim Palace explains the importance of apprenticeships to the Blenheim Estate.
I recommend the land-based courses that the College run to friends all the time. It’s a phenomenal place to learn, especially the attentive way the courses are taught to apprentices. The support from staff is fantastic too. I owe a lot to my tutor in particular.
I personally believe that being a gardener is not just a job, it’s much more. It’s a state of mind. You have to have a passion to make it work.
Gardening is a continuous cycle of hard work, knowledge, and growth. Each season is different and every season has a purpose. You really are working with the grain of nature and this roots you as an individual in a way no other profession does.
Olamalu are a friendly team of web technology experts based in West Oxfordshire.
"Our apprentices are an integral part of our development team. They help to support our customers by fixing bugs, implementing new web functionality and keep our portfolio of websites up and running, applying security updates and testing functionality.
As they get more experienced, they also build new websites for customers using a range of web development technologies.
We have hired some wonderful apprentices, who have brought great enthusiasm and perspective to the team. We continue to look to apprentices as a source of talent."
I had a place at university for a full-time course, but I wasn't completely set on what career path I wanted, so I decided the best thing to do would be to get experience.
At college and Oxford Brookes University, it's nice to meet students from other companies; it gives a good insight into other businesses and is interesting to have debates and understand their opinion on different subjects. The lecturers are enthusiastic and willing to help, and it's easier to gain the support in a smaller lecture environment.
I love that my degree is funded, I'm gaining experience that I wouldn't get from university, and it's exciting to know that I'm guaranteed a relevant job at the end of my apprenticeship.
Doing an apprenticeship has allowed me to get experience at the same time as studying a full-time degree, and gave me the opportunity to decide what career path I wanted to go down.
I think that working in a full-time role and doing an apprenticeship is never easy. Time management, at first, was my biggest challenge. Ensuring that I was spending enough time on work, studies and myself was hard, but this definitely got easier as I worked out how to manage my time. I am able to use what I learn in the classroom to my day to day work, which is really useful, also allowing me to bring new ideas to the team.
Doing a degree as well as an apprenticeship was the best decision I made.
We work with Oxfordshire County Council to provide apprenticeship opportunities in a variety of industries to match the many career routes they offer:
"Each of our apprentice roles are different. Business Admin apprentices handle enquiries from a wide range of people from both inside and outside the Council; Supported Teaching and Learning apprentices supervise and provide support for pupils; and Children and Young People apprentices contribute to the planning for children to celebrate and extend their interests, well-being and learning.
Apprenticeships offer both new and existing staff high-quality training, enabling colleagues to gain professional qualifications while learning on-the-job. It’s also an opportunity for us to develop our workforce and provide employment and training for individuals in the wider community."
Nielsen are an industry-leading global measurement and data analytics company that has operations in over 100 countries. They offer Level 3 Customer Service and Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree apprenticeships:
"Our apprenticeship programs are very important to us. We support and ensure each apprentice has the opportunity to fully understand the business and become involved in a variety of different opportunities and projects.
Apprentices have moved into permanent roles in a variety of business areas. Some have taken on responsibility for training others, along with line management or mentoring more junior employees. Many have been promoted, taking on additional responsibility with clients.
Our current apprentices have already made a huge impact on our business, helping to generate sales, supporting pitches to clients and training client contacts on our systems. They are our future talent pipeline, and have been willing to challenge the way we do things."