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 info@acetraining.co.uk 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.

According to this article, the government is to review the apprenticeship levy to try to stimulate growth in apprenticeship starts including in the construction sector where starts have fallen by more than 10% since its introduction. This includes increasing the amount of levy-funds that can be transferred by an employer to other companies, from the current 10% to 25% from April 2019.

Also significant is the commitment to accelerating the development and introduction of new Apprenticeship Standards and switching off of all existing Frameworks by August 2020.