26 August 2021

OAS partners with WiN UK to increase Equality Diversity & Inclusion in apprenticeships and beyond

We’re delighted to announce that OAS, Oxfordshire Advanced Skills, has formed a collaborative partnership with WiN UK as part of their commitment to promoting gender diversity within the STEM sector.

OAS launched its new focus on Equality Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) in September 2020, with the aim of improving inclusive access to engineering apprenticeships both within and beyond the OAS training centre. Their collaborative partnership with WiN UK will help to increase OAS’s reach and impact, whilst also supporting WiN UK’s objective to encourage girls and women into the nuclear industry.

Together, OAS and WiN UK aim to collaborate on an outreach programme across local schools, providing activities and resources to encourage inclusive and hands-on engagement with STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths). Additionally, WiN UK are providing information, advice and guidance in support of OAS’s work to assist our employer partners to create more neutral and fair environments in order to attract more women into STEM. We’re also working together through key events during the ED&I calendar to increase our reach and impact, having collaborated earlier this year to showcase role models within STEM from the LGBT+ community as part of LGBT+ History Month.

Operations Manager, Emma Johnstone, said:

“Working alongside WiN UK is a brilliant opportunity for OAS. This collaborative partnership aligns perfectly with our targeted efforts to improve female representation within STEM and the apprentice population we have here at OAS.”

WiN Central England Comms Lead, Dr Elina Militello Asp, emphasised the importance of the collaboration with OAS:

“Through societal norms and gender stereotypes, children as young as 5 to7 years old have already decided what careers are open to them. WiN UK are delighted to tackle this barrier with OAS through joint STEM outreach and providing role models so that all youngsters can feel empowered to pursue their dream career and develop their strengths.”

Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) offers high quality training for apprentice engineers and technicians at technology businesses in the Thames Valley.

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