Published date: 29 October 2015

Closed early engagement

Closing date: 23 February 2018

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

OX14 3DB

Procurement reference


Published date

29 October 2015

Closing date

23 February 2018

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The Thames Valley region is considered to be one of the best-performing and most innovative areas in the UK, with outstanding technology and unique "large scale science projects", based in the Harwell, Culham and Oxford science triangle. The region is a preferred location for entrepreneurial and innovative business and is underpinned by world leading Cryogenic and Space technology that form Science Vale of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. It is a region where advanced engineering businesses are thriving and a hot-spot for cutting-edge technology. As the UK moves out of recession the need for a highly skilled workforce is becoming critical for growth in the regions high tech sector.
A new training facility, located at the Culham Science Centre, will enable Oxfordshire businesses to offer young people apprenticeships of the highest quality and provide training in a work place environment. This will help to resolve a critical skills shortage in high technology areas and result in growth in the UK economy.
UKAEA are looking to collaborate with a partner organisation to establish a centre of excellence for training engineering apprentices at intermediate, advanced and higher levels. The training centre, Oxford Advanced Skills (OAS), will build upon the success of award-winning established training schemes at UKAEA, STFC and other SME's who rely on a supply of highly qualified engineers to meet their business needs within the high-growth engineering sector.
Further details are provided within the attached document reference: Apprentice Training Provision

More information


Additional text

Expressions of Interest for this requirement should be provided by 12pm on Thursday 26th November 2015, by means of submission of the prequalification questionnaire included within this advertisement.
All enquiries or communications in respect of this requirement should be directed to Paula Barham as per the contact details provided.

About the buyer

Contact name

Paula Barham


Culham Science Centre
OX14 3DB