We are delighted to have received a substantial timber donation from CALA Homes to support students on wood trades courses at ACE.  The timber, equating to 1,500 metre lengths, arrived via a recent two and a quarter tonne delivery to our training centre where space is being adapted to meet the demands of an increasing number of apprentices looking to train with us.  The timber will mainly be used to build ‘pods’ in which students can showcase a range of skills from their courses such as fitting of skirting, architrave and worktop, as well as hanging a door.

Sonia King, our Training Co-ordinator, said: “Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen an increase in the level of apprentices coming to us for quality training. We currently have over 100 on our roster; an all-time high for ACE thanks to more employers making us their provider of choice when seeking trade training for their apprentices. As such, our workshops are bursting at the seams and we have been blasting through more bricks and timber than ever before.

“National Apprenticeship Week is a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country and we’d like to thank CALA Homes for this fantastic gesture. It is support such as this from well-minded businesses that helps our young apprentices to prosper. Armed with an abundance of timber and an excellent new site in which they can practice every type of carpentry, no matter the weather, our students are well-equipped to hone their skills.”

Gavin Stewart, sales and marketing director at CALA Homes Chiltern, said: “As a business which aims to leave a lasting legacy within the communities where we build, we are only too happy to be able to support ACE Training. Not only does the college see itself very much as a community organisation, it is actively seeking to nurture young talent and bolster the long-term sustainability of skilled trades.”

CALA Homes is a major UK home builder with active developments across Oxfordshire in Benson, Haddenham, Wallingford and Wolvercote. CALA has recently launched its latest Oxfordshire development, Fullers Meadow in Wantage. Forming part of the Kingsgrove site, Fullers Meadow is a light and spacious collection of stylish one to five bedroom family homes, ideal for first-time buyers, families and downsizers alike

As a not-for-profit organisation, every pound ACE can save on running costs gets reinvested back into the training it provides. Donations of materials and equipment are always a welcome and meaningful contribution which directly support the future of young construction students within Oxfordshire and further afield.

One of the college’s major overheads is the materials it uses within its many workshops. Whilst there is every effort to reuse and recycle materials where possible, there is a continuous need for significant quantities of unspoiled timber and bricks.  We’d love to hear from other companies who might be in a position to help us in this way.

Thanks to CALA from everyone at ACE!  More photos can be seen on our Facebook page.


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