We will be closed to students and apprentices for our annual Summer Break from Friday 17th August. We will re-open on Monday 3rd September. Staff will still be available throughout this period. During this time, apprentices should attend work directed otherwise by their employer.

If there are any queries relating to this, please contact us on 01865 370040 or email info@acetraining.co.uk

Very good news in that more young people will be able to benefit from the fantastic Unlocking
Potential project in Oxfordshire, due to changes to eligibility which now means it is open to
anyone aged 17-21 who has been Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) for 6 months
or more in the county.

We are pleased to be one of the partner organisations involved with delivering opportunities to
help young people to quickly develop self-confidence, self-esteem, work readiness and
employability. The partnership provides support for individuals into meaningful employment,
education and training opportunities with a diverse range of local employers and training
providers, with ongoing in-work support.

This project will provide a comprehensive, intensive and integrated package of fun engagement
activities, real work experience, accredited entry-level training, employability development, one-to-
one holistic support and work readiness opportunities to 220 young people in the county.

ACE will provide Workshop Taster days for individuals or for groups who have expressed an
interest in construction. We have a proven record of working with people who have for various
reasons not been engaging with employment or training, and pride ourselves on our clientcentred
approach to helping learners to move onwards positively either within construction or
elsewhere.

Unlocking Potential is part of the Building Better Opportunities scheme funded by the Big Lottery
and European Social Fund. For more information on the project and its partner organisations please see their website www.upoxfordshire.org and follow them on Twitter @upoxfordshire

We always encourage our students to look after their tools, as they are crucial to their trade, but maybe in our industry we are guilty of sometimes neglecting the most important tools of all – our hands! Exposure to abrasive materials, harsh weather and overall wear and tear can be damaging to every the most careful of tradespeople.

Thanks to the fine folks at Everbuild – A Stika Company, we got the opportunity to reinforce some good practice about hand care with some of our students, after receiving a box of two of their new products, Wonder Wipes and Hand Armour. The wipes were great at removing a range of different materials from hands, as well as surfaces and tools. The barrier cream is very smooth and great protection for the hands.

These products are really great but as we reminded our students, there’s no substitute for wearing gloves where it is practical and suitable to do so!

We are looking into the possibility of running a minibus from Witney to help pre-apprenticeship students access and attend our Weds-Fri course. We have run a similar service to/from Banbury for a few years now and it has really helped enhance our courses and give an option to students who couldn’t find suitable courses available locally.

We are currently trying to get an idea of the potential interest in Witney in running the bus and if the demand is positive we will look to start running the service as soon as possible!

Please get in touch if you or anyone you know is interested in the service. Our preapprenticeship
study programmes are ideal for school-leavers and those aged 16-19 looking at routes into construction, providing proven progression into apprenticeships and employment.

Welcome back to all our full-time / pre-apprenticeship students who are returning today after the Easter break.

We hope you had a good holiday and are ready to get back to work!

We are delighted to invite applications to join our teaching staff. We with employers of all sizes and provide training services both to employers paying the Apprenticeship Levy and also to those who are non-levy payers. The successful candidate will join us at a time when we are supporting record numbers of apprentices and full-time students.

We hold direct contracts with Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for the delivery of both apprenticeship and 16-19 programmes and are on the Register of Apprenticeship Providers (ROATP).

We are looking for candidates with:

  • A teaching qualification. Cert-Ed preferred.
  • Competency and experience in the delivery of the Bricklaying diploma level 2&3. Similar in Construction Operations (Groundworks) an advantage.
  • Working knowledge of CITB standards and awarding body requirements.
  • Experience of the Ofsted inspection framework process.
  • Experience of teaching a diverse range of learners.
  • Own transport.
  • Relevant and up-to-date site knowledge/experience.

To apply, please see https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/625921118/

We are delighted to invite applications for an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Bench Joinery at Maple Joinery in Middleton Cheney, near Banbury.

Maple Joinery Co produces a broad range of high quality and bespoke products including doors, cabinets and counter displays.

The successful candidate will spend four days at work with Maple Joinery and one day on day release with us at ACE (will be either Monday or Tuesday).

Note there is a regular bus service running to Middleton Cheney from Banbury that might be of interest to candidates, in terms of organising travel.

All applications through ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ service, vacancy link: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-261635

Closing date for applications is 6th May 2018. Good luck!

Note that the training centre is closed on Good Friday 30th March and Easter Monday 2nd. Site Carpentry, Bench Joinery & Maintenance Operations Apprentices are also off on 3rd April but are in on the 9th and 10th as normal. Bricklaying and Groundworks Apprentices should attend as normal on Tues 3rd / Mon 9th & Tues 10th. All other students are off for the holidays. Normal timetable resumes week-beginning Monday 16th April.

Below are holiday dates affecting students as described. ACE will be open at all other times, Monday to Friday, throughout the year, excluding Public Holidays.

As National Apprenticeship Week comes to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on how we have successfully grown our Apprenticeship numbers while recognising the continued challenge in tackling our industry’s skills shortages.

This week the CITB reported record numbers of construction apprentices nationally – https://www.citb.co.uk/news-events/uk/2018/construction-apprenticeship-starts-reaches-record-high/

We’re proud also of the fact that we are not compromising quality while we grow. Our training has a high achievement rate for students, with apprentices regularly winning awards for their high levels of skill. Indeed one of our apprentices will be picking up another award at tonight’s Freemen of Oxford awards!

Managing Director Adam Marsh comments:

“We are delighted that record numbers of employers and students are choosing to use our services ahead of alternative options. The news from the CITB is also welcome but it is important to recognise that there is much more needed to do in order to solve the major skills shortages in our industry. It has been a demanding year with apprenticeship reforms and the spectre of Brexit, and we need the message to be loud and clear that we need further and sustained investment in apprenticeships from the industry. We also need government to ensure that the current reform programme serves as an incentive for employers, rather than a barrier. We also need the process of introducing Apprenticeship ‘Standards’ for our industry to be prioritised, to remove uncertainty around our long-term training offer”

We can start apprentices training with us at any time during the year, we do not run fixed entry points. We run monthly Saturday Open Mornings and can make appointments at other times to suit individuals and employers. If you think we can help, get in touch 01865 370040 or info@acetraining.co.uk