Case Studies

Company - OMBC

My name is Kirsty and I live in the Oldham area, I attended Kaskenmoor Secondary School in Hollinwood from September 2002 till summer 2007. I achieved 12 GCSE’s grade A-C and left school with the intention to continue studying and gaining qualifications, but I also wanted to gain experience in the workplace. Connexions informed me about OTC and the various apprenticeships options they offered.

I started my NVQ Level 2 Business Administration in 2007, straight from leaving school. OTC helped me find employment and I stayed within that company for 18 months. In this time I successfully completed my Level 2 apprenticeship qualification and gained sufficient experience in the workplace.

After I completed my NVQ Level 2, OTC informed me of some job opportunities which were available with Oldham Council, my assessor explained that if I took on one of these roles I would be able to progress to my Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 in Customer Service. I decided that this would be a good move forward for me, and I applied for one of the vacancies. I was appointed in November 2009 and since starting my new Customer Services role in the Recruitment Team, my responsibilities have expanded and I have learnt new skills. With the help of OTC I have gained confidence to take on new challenges. I am on track for finishing my NVQ Level 3 by April 2011 and hope to continue to progress my career with Oldham Council.

OTC has helped me progress with my career whilst still gaining qualifications and have offered me all the help and guidance I have needed.


Company: TP Matrix


I’m Naomi and live in the Oldham area, I started my NVQ in Business Admin and Customer Services in August 2010. I attended The Blue Coat School from September 2003 until the summer of 2008 achieving 11 GCSE’s A*-B, I then continued my studies at Blue Coat 6th form completing 4 A-levels September 2008 –May 2010.

I wanted to continue training, but through experience rather than academically and so university was never on the cards. My friend Ste, who’s currently training as an engineer at OTC, mentioned this as an option. Once the initial forms where complete I was offered an induction and appointed my job at TP Matrix 16th July 2010.

I now attend OTC every Thursday afternoon where I complete numerous units within my online E-Portfolio qualification, allowing me to work both at the centre, in work or at home. Since starting my role at work, the number of responsibilities has massively increased and I feel much more confident at dealing with different situations and working under pressure.
OTC has helped me greatly offering support and carrying out regular reviews and observations on my work ethic within a business environment.



Company: Concept Metal Products Ltd.


Dean Barnard – General Manager

Concept Metal Products are sheet metal workers and fabricators with a unique blend of shearing, bending, punching and laser cutting equipment. Quality service tailored to the customers needs starts with a complete CAD design facility right through to timely and dependable delivery of the finished project.

Adam, at age 15, completed a work placement at OTC in the Engineering Workshop. He achieved a Distinction in BTEC First Diploma in Engineering at Middleton Technology School. He then applied to OTC for an Apprenticeship in Engineering.

Adam started employment at Concept Metals at the aged of 16 and began his apprenticeship programme within 3 months working towards Level 2 Fabrication & Welding. He completed this after 12 months.

After achieving the Level 2 he started an Advanced Apprenticeship in Fabrication & Welding Level 3. After 50% completion of the NVQ Adam became the sole Welder at Concept (at the age of 18) and has recently had a new employee working alongside him.

He has just completed and achieved his NVQ Level 3 (age 19) within 12 months of starting the qualification and currently 70% through his City n Guilds Certificate in Engineering. Adam has also secured contracts for Concept Metals based on his skills and dedication to the job.

GM Dean Barnard says “Adam has fetched an array of hope in showing the skill levels he has achieved”. Dean goes on to state, “I gained my apprenticeship in structural and thick plate engineering, learning from some very skilled men with traditional skills. I thought traditional skills were a thing of the past but OTC and indeed Adam have filled me with hope that manufacturing can survive”.