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Lowe & Oliver’s New Oxford Training Centre Drives Record Apprenticeship Applications

Lowe & Oliver, a leading electrical and mechanical contractor based in Oxford, is thrilled to announce a record number of apprenticeship applications following the February launch of its apprentice training facility the ‘Centre for Excellence’.

There has been unprecedented interest in the programme compared with previous years and the total number of applications stands at over 85 already.

This surge in applications highlights the success of the new facility and the company’s commitment to addressing the growing skills shortage in the engineering sector.

Launched during National Apprenticeship Week, the Centre for Excellence has quickly become a cornerstone of practical engineering education in the region, catering to Lowe & Oliver’s 30 apprentices with capacity for many more from across central and southern England.

Apprentice in facility

This purpose-built facility features a classroom and six fully equipped bays—five dedicated to electrical training and one to mechanical. Each bay is outfitted with demo equipment that simulates real-world site conditions, providing apprentices with an immersive learning environment.

Fred Lowe, Lowe & Oliver Director, commented:

“Since the opening of our Centre for Excellence, we’ve seen an unprecedented interest in our apprenticeship programme. It’s immensely gratifying to know that our investment is paying dividends in inspiring a new generation of engineers.”

“The ongoing debate within the industry about the growing skills shortage has a simple answer – a commitment to investment. If we prove to potential apprentices that we take their development seriously, they will respond. That requires funding, but that is an investment which will easily pay for itself over the coming years with an improved quality of first candidate, then apprentice, then trained engineer. We’re delighted with its progress, and look forward to build on it.”

Chairman Paul Tuson elaborated on the educational structure:

“Our Centre for Excellence follows a rigorous curriculum designed for electrical and mechanical apprenticeships at NVQ Level 2, 3, and above. The training provided here complements and enhances the learning apprentices receive from their existing educational providers, ensuring a comprehensive educational experience.”

Lowe & Oliver apprentice Alfie Wakefield commented:

“Lowe & Oliver really invest in the best apprenticeship and have well and truly delivered during my time as an apprentice at the company.”

“Learning on the facility has been a fantastic tool for myself and the other apprentices, developing in an environment which replicates an actual site. This has been invaluable and has prepared us well for onsite work for clients.”

“Apprenticeships are a viable route to a rewarding career. I would fully recommend one.”