£13m extension begins on tech training centre in Oxford

Work has commenced on a £13 million extension to the Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) centre ahead of its launch of a range of new apprenticeship programmes.

OAS will launch new apprenticeship programmes in space, robotics, data science, energy storage, power engineering and cybersecurity.

Opened in 2019, the OAS centre is based at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) Culham Science Centre. The extension is being funded by the UK government’s Fusion Foundations Programme, which is supporting the development of fusion technology.

David Martin, UKAEA’s director of OAS, said: “It is an exciting time for OAS as we look to build on our success of equipping the local community and employers with the skills needed to drive fusion energy and adjacent sectors forward.

“OAS aims to create the next generation of engineering talent and upskill the existing workforce.”

He added: “The new courses will empower UK manufacturers to adopt transformative technology in space and robotics, helping businesses to better compete in the global marketplace.”

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