Training Providers

Local training providers offer alternative options for 16+ learning, including community-based programmes, engagement, and specialist support
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Most young people in Oxfordshire continue in school or college or do an apprenticeship until they are 18. But some young people find they need a different solution for their post-16 learning.

Local training providers can help:

  • Alternative training programmes
  • Support you to overcome problems and difficulties
  • You can start throughout the year
  • High support, easy access

The providers featured on this page are just some of those available in Oxfordshire. For the full list, search our opportunities.

Take Action: Learn about further education and training for young people with SEN and disabilities.

Alternative learning in Colleges

Your local Further Education Colleges are also Training Providers. This means that they provide tutors and learning resources for apprenticeships and other kinds of work-based learning like traineeships and continuing professional development. They also provide engagement programmes to support people to access work or learning, often in partnership with independent training providers. This allows them to offer flexible opportunities that support everyone to stay in learning.

Banbury Young Homeless project

Unlocking potential at BYHP provides a 5 week course for young people in helps young people 16-25 to move into employment, education, training or volunteering opportunities that develops your skills and prepares you for your job search.  Email call 01295 259 442, or drop into the centre during opening hours to find out more and sign up.

ACE Training

Based in Kidlington, ACE Training offers construction industry apprenticeships, diplomas, and entry level programmes in site carpentry and brickwork. Visit their website to find out more.


Based in Oxford and Banbury, EMBS offer a range of courses including IT & Digital Skills, Craft & Design, Maths and English GCSE retakes, ESOL and more. Relaxed, stress-free and very supportive environment - find out more.

Synolos Witney

Courses, apprenticeships and more from Synolos, a highly inclusive provider that can tailor learning to all levels. Vocational Courses in Child Care, Health & Social Care, Business Studies, Carpentry/Furniture Making, Photography, Beauty Therapy, Art & Design and more. Contact to discuss support needs and availability.

HEROS (Homing Ex-Racehorses Organisation Scheme)

HEROS offers individualised Traineeship programmes for people who would like more experience working with racehorses. The Traineeship is a structured work-experience programme which will cover racehorse care, employability skills and Maths and English. Call 01488 638820 to find out more.

The Seeds of Change

At The Seeds of Change you learn with horses, although riding isn't compulsory. Employability, Personal Development, communication, and more on this alternative path to success. There’s a horse out there waiting to teach you!


TRAX offers motor-based work alongside Catering and Hospitality course, issue based group work, team-building, social skills and 1-1 sessions. We run City & Guilds, AQA and Entry Level qualifications and BTEC Level 1 Catering & Hospitality.  Find out more.

Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine offer traineeships, clubs and other and support to get work-ready for young people and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. More here.

There are more!

There are lots more training providers, entry level programmes & traineeships available locally. Check our opportunitiesnews and events for more information

To find out about what's available, visit your young person's Job Club, CHOICES Earning and Learning Session, or search online:

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Posted by Charlotte hawkins
Posted ago

Hi can someone contact me with information for my 19 year old who is jobless. He currently has no level two qualifications.
Many thanks Charlotte

Oxfordshire County Council offers support to for any young person in Oxfordshire who are aged 16-19, or up to 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and those who are looked after or leaving care (LAC). You can register for the EET service here or click on Live Chat on any page 

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