The following apprenticeships and employment opportunities are available

Nurse Cadet 2022 Applications Open!

The Thames Valley Nurse Cadets programme at Oxford Health NHS Trust is aimed at 16 year olds who want to work in the NHS. The Cadetship takes the form of a Level 3 Senior Health Care Support Worker Apprenticeship. Cadets are employed by the Trust on a 22 month Fixed Term Contract, so it’s a great way to earn as you learn – gaining nationally recognised qualifications, and building a wealth of practical experience working alongside experienced colleagues.

Cadets work full time (37.5 hours) – split between study (7.5 hours per week) and clinical shifts working on a Ward at a Community Hospital (30 hours per week) – these are worked on a rota, so shifts might start from 7am and include weekend working.

“Being a Nurse Cadet is amazing because it gives you a good opportunity meet new people and see what the working world is like. So far I have met some amazing new people and have learnt so much about the NHS”- 2021 Nurse Cadet

The programme is designed with career progression in mind. Successful Nurse Cadets – upon completing their apprenticeship – are guaranteed an interview for a range of further development opportunities according to their interests:

  1. Interview to join the Trust as a Band 3 Health Care Support Worker.
  2. Interview to progress on to a Nursing Associate apprenticeship; which can then lead on to a Nursing Associate job, or if wanted, further qualification to become a Registered Nurse.
  3. Interview to start a Registered Nursing Degree with Oxford Brookes.

Individuals can apply by completing the application process on this siteApplications will be closing on Sunday 13th March 2022.

Oxford Health are holding a couple of Live Q+A events for individuals and their families/carers to find out more about the programme. Please find links to register below:

If you would like further information, please contact


To coincide with National Apprenticeships Week 2022, Alex Burghart, Minister for Skills, is writing to students and parents about the opportunities and benefits apprenticeships can bring to young people:
Read the letter to parents here
Read the letter to students here

Stratford upon Avon College

Our next Open event is Wed 23rd March, 5.30-8.00pm. Pre- register here:

We have now added a careers tab on our website which showcases the sort of careers that these courses can lead to. In this example of a Public Services course, if you click the ‘Careers’ tab, it will offer a dropdown of career options, each displaying info about that career, average salary, employment by region etc. We hope you  find this useful –

Stratford-upon-Avon College will also be offering students the opportunity to study Plumbing, Electrical Installation or Accounting from September 2022. The courses are now on the College website and open to applications:  

We are currently in the process of developing a brand-new facility for electrical installation and plumbing, which will be ready to open for students applying to the courses for September.  

Students are also able to come and speak to our staff at our upcoming open event about these new courses, please book to come along on Wed 23rd March, 5.30-8.00pm if you are interested.

Banbury & Bicester College

For more information, please contact us on 0800 612 6008 or refer to our website.  It’s not too late to apply, we still have places available to start this term.

Open Event dates for this coming academic year:
Banbury College timetable Sept 21

We are also running:

  • Teacher Training – The Foundation Degree in Children’s Learning and Development is consistently recognised as an excellent progression route for those working in schools and nurseries who want to develop their careers. Please forward the link to our website and prospectus below to your head teacher:

Activate Learning Apprenticeships

See for opportunities in Banbury and Bicester area.

Abingdon and Witney College

Abington and Witney College open days poster

Abington and Witney College Pizza and Programming poster March 22

Looking for apprenticeships near you?

Use the official Apprenticeship vacancy map on the Abingdon and Witney College website to explore apprenticeship vacancies in Oxfordshire. produce listings of opportunities available in the Banbury, Bicester, Oxford, Witney areas. Their weekly bulletins have multiple employment, apprenticeship, further education and voluntary opportunities:

OAS Apprenticeships

Their local employer partners are looking for bright, motivated people to join their teams and start their apprenticeship training at OAS in September 2021. Register your interest today and you’ll be the first to hear about new vacancies.

Uncover Engineering


Oxford Sparks


University of Oxford



For nursing, health, support and admin jobs and apprenticeships.
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust advertise apprenticeships throughout the year on their current job vacancies page.


have a range of apprenticeships on their website: CILEx Law School
The CILEx Law School page has numerous apprenticeship opportunities nationally.


Information for young people who are interested in Engineering apprenticeships
If you would like more information on what an Engineering Apprenticeship is all about, please watch the short video:

Careers in Road Haulage

The Road Haulage Association estimates there is a shortage of around 100,000 drivers in the UK, which is impacting all aspects of wider society – including gaps on supermarket shelves and Nando’s closing restaurants due to supply problems. HGV drivers have never been more important to the economy, and this demand has led to increased government support for the industry as well as pay rises.

The haulage industry experts at Haulage Exchange have produced a career guide to help inspire young people to consider a career in the industry by offering information on the benefits, career progression paths, and the skills & qualifications needed.

The full How to become a HGV driver guide can be found here:

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Work Experience

In Year 10 all students are expected to undertake a week of work experience. This will take place in July 2022. More information will be…

Work Experience

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