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Apprenticeship Ambassador - new 2021 cohort

We need YOU! Are you a current apprentice at the University of Oxford? Interested in becoming an ambassador? 

We’re looking to expand our fantastic cohort of apprentice ambassadors across the university. If you’re interested in joining, read on to find out more…

What does it mean to be an Ambassador?

  • You are friendly and approachable, happy to give advice to younger students who are thinking about applying to become an apprentice
  • Join us at events (when you are available) to spread the word about Apprenticeships at the University of Oxford 

Why be an ambassador for the University of Oxford?

  • It’s a way for you to give back and feel proud of supporting other young people
  • Opportunity to join social events to discuss ongoing activities and network, building your confidence along the way
  • A chance to win an ambassador award at our own awards, the Oxfordshire awards and the National awards
  • And if that’s not enough, it will look fantastic on your CV!

We are looking to run a training day at the end of September, partnering with Oxfordshire’s Programme to develop an Ambassador network for the University of Oxford. And whether you are new to the university or have been with us for months, we think you would make a fantastic Ambassador!

If you want to find out more, please email the university apprenticeships team: 

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National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2021

The theme of this year's National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is 'Build the Future'.

The 14th annual week long celebration of Apprenticeships takes place this year between 8 - 14 February 2021. The aim is to showcase the impacts of Apprenticeship learning on people, businesses and the local community. We encourage everyone to consider how Apprenticeships can help build rewarding careers. Apprenticeships are open to all!

See how we're taking part on our NAW webpage!

The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards 2021 are now open!

Nominations are now open until 1 Feb 2021. You can nominate someone for an Apprentice Award, Shining Star Award and Apprenticeship Champion Award. 


Teya Agnese takes home two Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards

Teya Agnese, apprentice business administrator in NDORMS

Teya Agnese, Apprentice Business Administrator wins 2 Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards

Apprentice Teya Agnese, in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS), was recently nominated in the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards for the 'Intermediate Apprentice of the Year'. We are so pleased that Teya not only managed to win this award, but then went on to receive the overall 'Oxfordshire Apprentice of the Year' Award 2020. This is a huge achievement and so well deserved!



University of Oxford places in Rate My Apprenticeship’s Top 100 Apprenticeship employer table for the second year running

Rate My Apprenticeships top 100 apprenticeship employers table - shortlist badge for University of Oxford

We are thrilled to announce that the University of Oxford has been shortlisted for Rate My Apprenticeship’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers Table 2020-21, for the second year running. We are really proud of this achievement - particularly as the table is based solely on honest reviews from some of our fantastic apprentices across all departments and divisions. Our apprentices contribute so much and we are really pleased that they see the University as one of the top Apprenticeship employers.

The Rate My Apprenticeship awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of apprentices, schools & colleges, employers and training providers in Apprenticeships. To find out more, visit:

10/06/2020 - Apprentice gives birth to healthy baby girl

We are delighted to announce that Kelsey Sercombe, apprentice Receptionist at the Clarendon Building,  Bodleian Libraries, gave birth to a baby girl, Skyla, on 28 May, weighing 7lb 6oz. Mother and baby are both doing well.

This is the University's first apprentice to give birth during their Apprenticeship and we hope to catch up with Kelsey again soon.

11/05/2020 - Digital Technology Solutions Apprenticeship Webinar

Oxford Brookes University delivers a variety of degree Apprenticeship programmes that help to develop employees looking to further their careers. Please see information below on an Apprenticeship which may be of interest to some of our employees.

Webinar: Digital Technology Solutions Specialist Apprenticeship Information Session

Time: June 4 2020, 11am - 12midday

30/04/2020 - Furlough information

Please see the latest guidance for furloughing apprentices in line with the University and Government policies.



22/04/2020 - Free Training Sessions

Skills Training UK are offering training tasters, open to all!

To find out more information, head to their webpage.


11/03/2020 - Apprenticeship Expo & Awards

On Wednesday 11th March 2020, we held our annual Apprenticeship event, open to all University employees. 

  • From 11am, our training providers were on hand to speak about their Apprenticeship offering to our 200 attendees
  • From 12 midday, the Vice-Chancellor presented our completion certificates to all those who have completed Apprenticeships in the last year
  • Our awards were given in each category interspersed with guest speakers from previous award winners
  • At 1pm, refreshments were served whilst the networking continued
Apprentice Taimur at the Apprenticeship expo & awards, winner of the poster competition

This year we introduced poster voting on the day... 







...We also launched our first ever hashtag (#) competition!


Apprenticeship team selfie at University of Oxford Apprenticeship expo & awards with crowd for hashtag competition


For more information on the event, including winners of the 8 awards, please visit our blog page.

Visit University of Oxford Apprenticeship Blog 

11/02/2020 - National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2020)

Last week (3 - 9 Feb) was NAW 2020, which used the theme of #LookBeyond to celebrate the diversity and value that Apprenticeships bring across the UK. Employers, communities, and of course the apprentices themselves were highlighting the benefits of Apprenticeships and the breadth of industries and roles now available through this pathway.


Apprentice ambassadors at tea & chat networking event for National Apprenticeship week 2020


Apprentice ambassadors together for 'Tea & Chat' during National Apprenticeship Week, holding themed mugs

We held an apprentice 'Tea & Chat' with some of our apprentice ambassadors, which was a fantastic opportunity to get together and discuss the best things around their Apprenticeships so far.


During the session, we also ran an Apprenticeship quiz and took some team shots with our new personalised mugs.







During the week, we visited a few of our fantastic apprentices at their places of work to see what they get up to. Head to our Instagram page for more on this (see our NAW highlight!).

Said Business School Marketing Apprentice, Daniela Cazan outside SBS sharing her apprenticeship story


Apprentice Sam Jones, in the KEIT office sharing his apprenticeship story during National Apprenticeship Week




16/11/19 - Lab tech Apprenticeship Information Sessions

Date: Thursday 23rd January 2020
Location: Bioescalator, room 2 & 3 
We have an information session in January, specifically around Lab Tech Apprenticeships.
  • CSR Scientific Training will be delivering some information on what the Apprenticeships involve
  • Current apprentices and their managers in this field will be giving short presentations on how the Apprenticeship scheme has worked for them.
  • The Apprenticeships team at the University will also be there to provide information on how the process works.


15/10/19 -  MBA Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship Business Breakfast 

Date: Thursday 14 November 2019

Location: Oxford Brookes University

A number of our University of Oxford Senior Managers are already enjoying studying their MBA with Brookes. Fully funded through the Apprenticeships Levy, this is an amazing opportunity to develop your career. As Brookes prepare for the next cohort of managers they are hosting a breakfast information event on the 14th November.

The business breakfast will be hosted by Chris Blackburn Pro Vice-Chancellor & Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School and will also offer attendees a unique opportunity to meet the MBA academics, ask questions, book one-to-one meetings with the Apprenticeship team and observe an MBA classroom in action.

If you’d like to join the event, please register via the events page and reserve your space by 6 November 2019. Please note, places are limited.

30/09/19 - Award categories announced for the annual Apprenticeship Expo & Awards 2020

appren awards 2020

On 4th November, our applications will open for a limited time so that YOU can nominate your apprentice for an Apprenticeship award. You can also be nominated for the apprentice manager award. The annual Apprenticeship Expo & Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 11th March 2020 at the Sheldonian Theatre. The 3 finalists in each category will be announced in the New Year!

This year we have more categories than ever before:

  • 1st year (Beginner) Apprentice Award
  • 2nd year (Intermediate) Apprentice Award
  • 3rd or final year (Advanced) Apprentice Award
  • Technician Apprentice of the year Award
  • Apprentice Ambassador of the year
  • Poster Award
  • Apprentice Manager Award 
  • Training Coordinator of the year Award

Spread the word with your colleagues – every nomination will be entered into a random prize draw so there is a chance for the nominators to win a gift too! Don’t worry, we will remind you again when the applications are open

To see more information, please visit our Expo and Awards page!


15/08/2019 - SAVE THE DATE!

The next annual Apprenticeship Expo & Awards Ceremony date will be....


Wednesday 11th March 2020

More details and opportunities to get involved coming soon…!




08/08/2019 - Jo Allen makes it through to regional stages in the National Apprenticeship Awards!

jo allen

We’re thrilled to hear that our fantastic apprentice ambassador, Jo Allen, has made it through to the South East finals for the National Apprenticeship Awards in the intermediate category! Jo works in the Oxford Learning Institute and is completing a business administration Apprenticeship with Abingdon & Witney College. 


To get this far is just brilliant, whatever happens next I am really proud of my achievements and thankful to be working in a department that really supports Apprenticeships and values my contributions.

- Jo Allen


We wish Jo all the luck in the next stage of judging!


22/07/2019 - University of Oxford wins ‘Best Apprentice Employer’ - South East Regional Award


The winners of the 2019 RateMyApprenticeship Awards, were announced on Thursday 18th July, celebrating the outstanding achievements of apprentices, schools & colleges, employers and training providers in Apprenticeships.


The University of Oxford placed at #20 in the top 100 Apprenticeship employers (based solely on our apprentice’s reviews!) and won the best employer in the South East region award.



04/07/2019 - Technician Commitment signatory award

technician commitment signatory award


The University of Oxford became a signatory of the Technician Commitment in May 2017, to promote visibility, recognition, career development, and sustainability for technical roles.


On 24 June 2019, representatives from the participating institutions gathered at the Jaguar-Landrover Experience in Birmingham to hear news of progress towards the aims of the commitment and share ideas for the future. The University of Oxford was amongst those recognised at the event for submitting its action plan.


05/06/19 - NEW induction sessions for Apprentices

Induction Sessions

Please come along to our new Apprentice Induction Sessions which will occur once a term - sign up to attend our next session on Eventbrite (Password: oxuniapprenticeships).

Apprentice induction sessions

This will give you a chance to:

  • Meet the Apprenticeships Team - Clive and Melissa!
  • Network with other new apprentices
  • Learn more about what we do, events we run, how you can get involved throughout your time here
  • Have some tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat about your Apprenticeship 

If you are ever in doubt about any issues related to your conditions of work, do not hesitate to speak, in the first instance, to your supervision (line manager) or mentor.

07/05/19 -  Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship Information Event

Date: 4 June 2019, 12.15pm - 13.45pm

Location: Room 12, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD


We’re working with Oxford Brookes to deliver a fantastic training opportunity! Oxford Brookes University's Senior Leadership Master’s Degree Apprenticeship includes the Oxford Brookes Global MBA, and is designed to enhance strategic leadership skills.


This is a chance for you to meet the Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship team and find out more about the programme.

The session will include a presentation and you’ll have the opportunity to meet the team and ask questions.

This Apprenticeship training is aimed at current managers and aspiring leaders - it will broaden your knowledge and encourage you to apply it in a range of situations. Delivered by an experienced team of tutors, this degree Apprenticeship will prepare you to meet the challenges of the increasingly dynamic international business environment. Apprentices experience a mixture of face-to-face and online learning and benefit from a range of support services.


Sign up on Eventbrite. You can contact to find out more.


On Thursday 4th April 2019, we attended the annual apprenticeship awards (OAA's) at Jury's Inn, Oxford.



Three of our apprentices/previous apprentices were finalists for this year's awards! 

Jordan Morris (Print studio) – Apprentice Ambassador of the year (WINNER)

Jo Allen (Oxford Learning Institute) – Intermediate Apprentice of the year (WINNER)

Emily Joyce (Graduate Admissions office) – Shining Star award (FINALIST)

A mixed group of university members, made up of apprentices, their managers and the Apprenticeships team at the 2019 Oxfordshire Apprenticeship awards



Our 'Apprentice of the year 2018' Katie Chegwin attended to hand over the title and talk about her time as an apprentice.




On Tuesday 12th March 2019 at the Sheldonian Theatre, we held our Apprenticeship expo and awards ceremony


oxford uni Apprenticeships award poster


Recognising the fantastic achievements of our Apprentices and Managers, this year’s event went even further. All of our Apprenticeship Training Providers were on hand to talk about the courses they offer and how these fit into departments so that staff can fulfil their potential. Apprenticeships are a great way to attract new staff from the local community into the University and provide the skills and knowledge needed.

 We received a lot of nominations for this year's awards and are so pleased with the level that all of our apprentices are working at.

See below for the list of winners at this year's Apprenticeship event...


See what the winners have to say about their Apprenticeships and receiving their awards on our blog.


Manager Bob Malloy, and apprentice Jordan Morris from the print studio accepting their award from Clive Shepherd and the registrar Gill Aitken at the 2019 University Apprenticeship awards

PLUS, this year the 'Apprenticeship Manager's Special Award' went to the Print Studio in recognition of all their hard work and contributions towards promoting Apprenticeships.


A HUGE thank you to all who came and supported us!

Any questions about the event? Please contact us -



From 1st September, all Apprenticeship grades have risen in line with the cost of living. Our Apprenticeship Grade 1 has increased to £17,079. 



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