New Training Centre at Culham Science Centre

New Training

The UK’s leading training provider for the building services engineering sector, JTL, is creating a learning facility at Culham Science Centre to provide Advanced Apprenticeships, Training and NVQ Assessments to Oxfordshire’s young people and businesses.

JTL has recently signed a five year lease for 8,500 sq. ft. to provide ‘off-the-job’ learning facilities for up to 250 learners specialising in electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation, Fire and Security and engineering maintenance. This will include an AM2* Centre – required to enable apprentice electricians to complete their training.

The centre will become one of the first in the UK to offer the new Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme announced by the government earlier this year to simplify the system and provide more incentives for employers.

Mark Syrett, Southern Business Manager, JTL, comments:

“Consolidating our Oxfordshire training at Culham Science Centre is the perfect fit as we are now based alongside the future of UK power. In addition, the UK Atomic Energy Authority strongly believes in apprentices and equipping them with higher-level skills to help young people advance to senior positions with industry leading employers. Moving to Culham presents a fantastic opportunity for our apprentices, businesses and future collaborations.”

Refurbishment works will start in the New Year to create four new classrooms and two workshops for practicing test rigs and maintenance repairs.

Dawn Russell
Photo: Dawn Russell, Commercial Manager, UKAEA Property and Joseph Lo, Head of Centre, JTL with year three electrical apprentices.

Dawn Russell, Commercial Property Manager, UK Atomic Energy Authority Property Unit, said:

“We would like to extend a warm welcome to JTL and all learners to Culham Science Centre. The property team is looking forward to facilitating the development of more training courses in the future which will also help to provide skills to our resident science and technology businesses.”

JTL has already consolidated its Oxfordshire training at Culham Science Centre with a turnkey solution provided by Culham’s on site Conference Centre.

Joseph Lo, Head of Centre for JTL, commented:

“We currently have nearly 150 learners on site and can already see the difference in behaviour that being in a professional environment has created. We have unprecedented levels of learning taking place!”

The new facility is due to open in March 2016 to coincide with National Apprentice Week.



Notes to editor:

*AM2 is the final Assessment of Occupational Competence for individuals wanting to practice as electricians in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Photo caption: Dawn Russell, Commercial Manager, UKAEA Property and Joseph Lo, Head of Centre, JTL with year three electrical apprentices

About Culham Science Centre:
1. Culham Science Centre is the national centre for the development of fusion energy and a major science and technology centre supporting a range of innovative businesses – see

2. Culham Science Centre already supports 2,000 jobs in a range of high value businesses and organisations and is earmarked for 50{26b5269ba9efa8bf0dadd5ed8b2cf718b81e75206361096d06e424c8a1f3b697} growth.

3. Culham Science Centre covers approximately 80 hectares in the Oxford Green Belt near Abingdon on Thames.

4. Culham Science Centre is one of the three major science and business centres that form the heart of Science Vale Oxford, Oxfordshire’s internationally significant zone of enterprise which is key to the future competitiveness of the UK.

5. Anne Tingley, Systems & Marketing Manager, Property Group, UK Atomic Energy Authority promoting Culham Science Centre and its commercial portfolio. Travel Co-ordinator for Culham Science Centre, including car share scheme and website manager.;