An Advanced Site Carpentry apprentice is wanted by MRFC Ltd, a carpentry contractor near Kidlington.  They are looking for someone who has recently completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship or Level 2 qualification in Carpentry.

MRFC was founded in 2005 by Martin Franklin, and is run and managed by Martin himself along with sub-contract labour when the need arises.  MRFC carries out all aspects of site work from start to finish, mainly on domestic property, including interior finishing (cupboards, fitted furniture ) and kitchens.

Work is generally around Oxfordshire within an hour max from base (OX5 2RE).

For more information and to apply, please go through ‘Find an apprenticeship’ for the full job advert.

We welcome the announcement in today’s Autumn Budget of a further increase in the Minimum Wage rates for apprentices.  The new minimum level will be £3.90 per hour from April 2019 and applies those aged 16-18 and those aged 19+ in the first year of their apprenticeship.  Anything that puts more pounds in apprentices’ pockets is ok by us!!

We also like the news that employer contributions towards apprenticeship training is to be cut from 10% to 5%. This will be welcomed by the employers that we work with, for sure.


A new report into how the construction industry must develop and harness digital technologies needed to adapt to change and ensure it can deliver growth and quality needed in the future.

Read it in full here.



Have you recently completed your Intermediate Apprenticeship or a Level 2 qualification in Bricklaying?

Then we want to hear from YOU!  Oxford Brickwork are one of the premier brickwork contractors in the region and they have a fantastic opportunity for a Level 2 qualified bricklayer to continue their training through an Advanced level apprenticeship with them.

They will also consider bricklayers without the qualification but who have recent and relevant site experience.

Please not this is not an opportunity for beginners or those with no experience.  We can help those individuals get started through our pre-apprenticeship course and we may have other brickwork apprenticeships at that level.

More info and to apply, via the ‘Find An Apprenticeship’ service here.

A great opportunity to undertake a trade apprenticeship in a very unique workplace!  This Site Carpentry apprenticeship will start with Intermediate/ L2, progressing to Advanced / L3 across 4 years. The successful Apprentice will work in multiple sites ensuring STFC’s buildings provide a safe, efficient and comfortable environment for staff and visitors.

Closing date is 20th November.  For more information and to apply, please see the vacancy advert on ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ here.

We can’t quite believe it’s half-term already!

Quick reminder of our arrangements:

  1. Apprentices will attend college as normal, on either Monday 22nd or Tuesday 23rd.
  2. Study Programme and all other students attending Wednesday/Thursday/Friday are OFF next week, returning to college from Wednesday 31st October

Our training centre will be open and staffed throughout, so we’d be happy to see any employers or individuals interested in our courses.  Please get in touch on 01865370040 or [email protected] to arrange an appointment!

We will be at the West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership (WOLP) Apprenticeship Fair this evening (Thursday 18th October 2018) from 5-8pm at Witney Lakes Resort.

Students in years 10-13 at the 7 west Oxfordshire schools have been invited and the event is open to the public too, so we know that it will be a busy and enjoyable event and that the students and parents will really appreciate the opportunity to talk to us and the other exhibitors.

West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership of schools:

  • Bartholomew School
  • Burford School
  • Carterton Community College
  • Chipping Norton School
  • The Henry Box School
  • The Marlborough School
  • Wood Green School

We were ever so proud of the success of number of our employers at the recent JACKfm Brick Awards which took place at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.  We are known for our award-winning apprentices so it is now fantastic to have the success of some of our employers recognised in this way.

All three of the finalists in the Business of the Year award, sponsored by Sportif Citroën, are brilliant local construction companies working with us to train apprentices.  The award was open to businesses with less than 15 employees and the finalists were:

Cottonwood Interiors

Leon Construction OC

Wain & Francis Ltd

Not an easy decision to make, they are all brilliant but the award was given to the fine folk at Cottonwood.

There was consolation for Leon Construction though as Ted Owen and Leon O’Callaghan won the ‘Best Boss’ award.  A brilliant achievement, and we are sure all the apprentices they’ve trained up would agree.  Find out more about some of them here.

We are also remarkably proud of Max Berry from Paul Tew Construction Ltd for being a worthy finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category, sponsored by Anglia Tool Centre.

Pics from a very exciting evening here.  Well done to all finalists!



Our second-to-last Saturday Open Morning of 2018 is this Saturday from 1000-1200.

As you know, we’re not the sort of college to turn people away just because September has passed, so if you’re interested in construction training for yourself, someone you know or for your business, then make an appointment to see us this Saturday morning.

We have flexible start dates so don’t worry about having ‘missed the boat’!  Talk to us about funding, training costs and student support also.


We’re looking forward to the Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) Day at Matthew Arnold School in Oxford this Wednesday.

Sorcha will be there talking to Year 11s about the award-winning apprenticeship training at ACE and our pre-apprenticeship Study Programmes which have proven success in helping students progress into employment, further training and apprenticeships.