Wow!  We did it!

Last night we were honoured to receive the ‘Sustainability Award’ from A2Dominion at the 2019 Cherwell Business Awards.  We had a fantastic night and met some amazing people from across the business community in Cherwell.

We are proud that the judges recognised how we are trying to embed sustainable practices into what we do, in what is traditionally a very wasteful industry, and install those values in the tradespeople we train.

Well done to all other winners and nominees at the awards, we hope you had as good a night as we did!

Quick reminder to all students and apprentices that there are NO lessons this week due to our Easter break.  See you all next week and enjoy the rest!

We were delighted to receive the news yesterday that we have been selected as a finalist in the ‘Sustainability Award’ of the 2019 Cherwell Business Awards, sponsored by A2 Dominion. This is the first year we have entered since we won both the ‘Charity and Community’ and ‘Overall Business of the Year’ awards in 2014, so we are very excited.

Our MD Adam Marsh: “We are delighted to be selected as a finalist in this category. We purposely chose to enter this award as we believe every business and every employee has a responsibility for greener and more sustainable working practices. It is particularly necessary in the construction industry and we feel as a training company that we should set an example for our employers and apprentices in how we operate and how we train, and in turn make sure our students are taking those values and habits into the workplace.”

We were delighted last week to host both Layla Moran MP for Abingdon and Oxford West, and Sarah Marlow, Skills Policy Executive at Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, to mark the closing of National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week. It was a great opportunity to let them know about everything that’s been happening at ACE lately including our recent Ofsted inspection, French exchange visit, schools work and upcoming Open Evening for Year 11s.

We were delighted that Layla was able to present our Learner of the Month certificates to Jed and George, and our tutor Ian was able to put both out visitors through their paces in his immaculate brick workshop. We appreciate the continued support both of Layla and OxLEP and look forward to welcoming them back to ACE in the future. Pics from the visit are here.

We were privileged last week to be visited by 7 construction apprentices from ‘CFA-MFR Saint Gilles Croix De Vie’, an Apprentice Training Centre in western France. We were identified by them as an training school similar to theirs and they were interested to meet with English apprentices and visit Oxford and learn how we train in this county. This was part of a week long visit to England funded by ERASMUS, to encourage students to work towards a longer placement in the future.

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and it was a pleasure to meet the apprentices and learn how apprenticeships are really being promoted in France. We love this group picture taken with Danny and Ian in the brick workshop along with Roseline, the teacher from the visiting school.

We are kicking off National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week in great spirits after being judged ‘good’ across all categories by Ofsted following an inspection in January 2019. All our training programmes were inspected, including ‘16 to 19 Study programmes’ for school leavers and those not in employment, education or training, apprenticeship training across five trade occupations and a small number of school students aged under 16 who attend as part of a flexible curriculum partnership between us and their school.

Inspectors were particularly impressed with how “almost all study programme learners move on to apprenticeships, further education or employment after their training” and how the “beneficial training that apprentices receive allows them to develop highly relevant work- related skills.”

Our Managing Director Adam Marsh said: “We welcome the findings of the inspection and are delighted that it recognises and endorses the work we do both inside the college, but also outside in building productive relationships with schools, employers and local organisations. It is a credit to the teaching and leadership team, and the students themselves, that the report recognises ACE learners as being ‘respectful, polite and keen to learn’ and that they develop valuable social and communication skills as well as practical skills which make them employable and effective in the workplace”.

We’re looking forward to our next Saturday Open Morning on the 16th March and our Year 11 Taster Day Taster Day for prospective students on 17th April. We are also holding an Open Evening for Year 11 students on 20th March 2019. Information on this and other events can be found here.

A full copy of the Ofsted report can be found here.

42. It is, according to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, “the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything.”.

It is also the number of people who attended our Open Morning on Saturday past. Absolutely fantastic to see so many people interested in construction training either as summer starters, full-time students to start right away or as apprentices with local employers. Delighted to see we had loads of sign ups on the day, a very successful morning.

Our next Open Morning is Saturday 16th March 1000-1200 and we have our Open Evening for Year 11 students and parents/carers on the 20th March. 1600-1930.

Due to worsening weather and road conditions, we have decided to close the training centre today to ensure the safety and comfort of students, staff and visitors.

Welcome back to all our colleagues and students who are returning to ACE this week.

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

We would like to wish all our learners, colleagues, employers and partners a very happy and prosperous New Year from everyone at ACE Training.

A reminder that our training centre remains closed, re-opening on Monday 7th January.