NOCN has announced that they have been approved to provide apprenticeship end-point assessment (EPA) for:


The Level 2 is for people using timber products to create and install building components and the Level 3 specifies additional responsibility for someone managing their own and other people’s work, as well as being required to complete complex and non-standard work.

We look forward to learning more.


We run roll-on/roll-off programmes with flexible start dates at ACE. We recruit students all year round on full-time and apprenticeship programmes. This means:

1. Never ‘missing out’ on starting a course because there are only one or two opportunities for you to join each year.

2. Not having the frustration of having to wait months to get started.

3. Not having to stay on a course somewhere else because you have no other option.

4. You can start your training journey quicker, which means you’re all the closer to getting qualified!

If you’re interested in finding out more about our training courses and how to get started with us, check out our Courses page and contact us on 01865 370040 or to arrange and time to come and see us!

We are delighted to welcome all new and returning students and apprentices back to ACE this week. Apprentices have been returning yesterday and today, with nearly 40 Study Programme students starting with us from tomorrow.

We’ve had a great summer, with lots of decoration and improvements taking place around the training centre.

And of course, we will continue to be available to enrol new students, so don’t worry about “missing the boat” because there isn’t one! You can start a course with us at any time across the year.

Our next Saturday Open Morning is 15th September from 1000-1200, get in touch if you want to come along to find out about our great study programmes and award-winning apprenticeship training.

We are pleased to announce that nominations are now being invited for the annual OCTG Apprentice Awards.

There are four awards:

L2 Apprentice of the Year
L3 Apprentice of the Year
Merit Award
Special Recognition Award

We have a great record in recent years with ACE apprentices winning awards regularly. The most recent was Samm Murphy (pictured) who took home the L3 Award in 2017. More on the 2017 Awards here.

We will be encouraging our employers to support nominations for their apprentices. It is worth noting that every nominee receives a certificate and a cheque for £25, with the winners receiving a monetary prize as well as a trophy.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 18th October at The Devere Oxford Thames Hotel.

Closing date for entries is 14th September.

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

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

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 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