Here at the Apprenticeship & Training Company Ltd, we bring Apprentices and businesses together for mutual benefit, helping learners meet their career goals and employers achieve their business objectives.
If you are looking to start a career by 'learning and earning' then we can help. We’ll make it easy for you to get started and help you find the right placement. Head over to our Apprentices page to find out more about what we can do for you.
If you are a business looking for an Apprentice to help meet the needs of your business, we can help simplify things, saving you valuable time and effort. See our employers page to find out how we can employ Apprentices on your behalf and our shared Apprentice service.
The Apprenticeship & Training Company Ltd
The Apprenticeship & Training Company Ltd is Oxfordshire’s first government approved Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA). The not-for-profit company was set up on behalf of Cherwell District Council, whose Bicester Delivery Team was successful in bidding for a development grant from the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), to support the establishment of an ATA. The company was awarded ATA status by the Education & Skills Funding Agency in 2016.
The Director of Operations is Paddy Patterson, who is supported by a Board of Non-Executive Directors to provide strategic direction and oversee developments.
An initial focus of the Apprenticeship & Training Company Ltd was the construction sector, which is experiencing a severe skills shortage, including a national shortfall in the number of Apprenticeships being created annually. We can support individuals and employers in all sectors.
What’s an Apprenticeship Training Agency?
An Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) recruits, employs and arranges training for Apprentices on behalf of employers. Apprentices are employed by the ATA, which then places them with a host employer. This means that businesses who would like to employ an Apprentice but may not currently have enough work for a full time Apprentice can still offer placements. Apprentices can share their time between different employers, giving them the opportunity to learn the full range of skills required for their Apprenticeship. Host employers pay a fee to the ATA for the services and support provided, which give a secure and flexible approach to Apprenticeships for both employer and Apprentice.