National Apprenticeship Week aims to highlight the exceptional work being done by employers and apprentices across the country. The 16th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships will take place between 6 - 12 February 2023. The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2023 is 'Skills for Life'; reflecting on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career and businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills.
Introduction to apprenticeships for parents and carers
This OxLEP Skills webinar aims to give parents/carers an insight into apprenticeships and equip them with information and resources to support their child (who is welcome to attend with them!) with choosing their next step.
Registration is now open and there are two dates to choose from:
Tuesday 7 February, 18:00-19:00 Register here
Wednesday 8 February, 18:00-19:00 Register here
Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2023
The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2023 will be open for entries and nominations throughout National Apprenticeship Week. With categories for current and former apprentices, employers, schools and training providers, the Awards is a fantastic way to recognise and celebrate apprenticeship success in Oxfordshire. The closing date is Friday 17 February at midnight.
Events and open days
Details of events happening across Oxfordshire during National Apprenticeship Week 2023:
Engineering Employer Open Evenings
6 - 9 February
Engineering Trust Training have arranged open evenings with four fantastic Oxfordshire engineering employers. Follow the link below for details of each session, including how to register.
- 6 February - FMB Oxford
- 7 February - Norbar Torque Tools, Banbury
- 8 February - NavTech Radar, Wantage
- 9 February - Viridor, Ardley
JTL Oxford Open Day
6 February, 17:00-19:30
This open event is for anyone interested in starting an electrical or plumbing & heating apprenticeship and parents/carers of young people who would like to find out more about apprenticeships. The event is at Culham Science Centre, which is a secure site, so registration is essential.
UK Atomic Energy Authority Apprenticeship Open Evening
7 February, 16:30-19:35
During the evening, you will be able to find out what it’s really like to be an apprentice within the different specialisms at UKAEA and gain a real insight into the scheme by chatting to some of their current apprentices and staff. Please note these tours are only open for students to book onto, due to the limited availability. However, if there are cancellations or spare spaces on the evening, parents/carers will be able to join.
Activate Learning Employer Breakfast
8 February, 08:00-10:00
This event is for employers who are interested in employing apprentices or making best use of their apprenticeship levy. Our Skills Hub Manager will be speaking at the event and our Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Advisors will be on hand to give free, expert, impartial apprenticeship advice and support.
Abingdon & Witney College Abingdon Campus Open Day
8 February, 15:30-19:00
Drop in to this in person event to see the college's Abingdon Campus facilities, talk to staff and ask any questions you have.
Blackbird Leys Technology Campus Open Event
8 February, 16:30-19:30
Activate are holding an open evening at the City of Oxford College Blackbird Leys Technology Campus, where students and their parents / carers can tour the facilities and find out all about the courses and apprenticeships on offer.
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Apprenticeship Open Evening
8 February, 17:00–20:00
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) offer a number of apprenticeships in different areas including mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, ICT, computing, business administration, heating and ventilation, carpentry, laboratory technician and more. At this apprenticeship open evening, you will be able to find out all about them discuss the opportunities with the apprenticeship team and current apprentices.
Oxfordshire Advanced Skills Apprenticeship Open Event
9 February, slots at 17:00 or 18:00
At this in person event, you can meet with OAS staff, current apprentices and employer partners to gain an insight into what it’s like to be an apprentice at Oxfordshire Advanced Skills. Places are limited and registration is essential.
#TheApprenticeshipsLive with JCP
9 February, 21:00-22:00
JCP in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire will be hosting #TheApprenticeshipsLive on Twitter, when they will Tweeting Apprenticeship opportunities from across the Thames Valley.
Delivering Real Social Value through Apprenticeships!
22 February, 09:30-10:00
This webinar will look at how organisations can deliver real social value through apprenticeships. Our expert Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Advisors Leah Bryan and Nikki Cooper will be talking to Keith Fisher and Martin Youngjohns from JDE Banbury about how they have pledged unused apprenticeship levy to support local GP surgeries and Kusham Nijhar from Thames Valley Primary Care Workforce about the benefits this has brought.
Careers Fest Parent/Carer Twilight Session
22 March, 15:30-18:30
OxLEP Skills will once again host the region's most anticipated and exciting careers event. This year we are at The Kassam Stadium and invite all parents/carers of students from Oxfordshire schools and colleges to come and meet the major players in the local labour market. This is an opportunity to meet a range of employers, further education colleges, universities and training providers. This year we will welcome over 3000 students and more than 70 exhibitors offering information, advice and guidance on future pathways and careers from a varied range of sectors.
Growing a Skilled Workforce for Tomorrow Through Apprenticeships
29 March, 12:00-12:30
In this webinar, our expert Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Advisors Leah Bryan and Nikki Cooper will tell you everything you need to know about apprenticeships and how they can help you develop staff and improve your talent pipeline. You will also hear from employers who have utilised appprenticeships about what has worked for them and have the opportunity to get answers to all your questions.
Support with finding work or an apprenticeship
If you are 18 or over and would like some advice and support with finding and applying for jobs and apprenticeships, our free OxGROW virtual mentoring platform is here to help! You can connect with business professionals, who have volunteered as mentors, to guide you through the process.
Apprenticeship support for employers
Whether you're looking to take on your first Apprentice, or would like some advice and support with making best use of your Apprenticeship Levy funds, our Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Advisors Leah Bryan and Nikki Cooper are here to help! Contact ski[email protected] for free, impartial advice and guidance.
Join the conversation
Follow @OxonApprentice Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and @OxLEP Skills on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok and join in the conversation using the hashtags #NAW2023 and #SkillsForLife.