When you’ve had six weeks of full-on construction training, there’s no better way to sign off than running around some woods with paintball guns, is there?!  We had a fantastic time last Friday to say thank you to the amazing students who’ve been with us during our Summer Programme.  They have been an exceptional group and it is great that a number have already sorted out apprenticeships and full-time courses and we’ll be seeing them very, very soon!  We still can’t believe they ate all that pizza though……

We are delighted to confirm our success in passing assessment by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and will remain on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).

Our resubmission followed widespread criticism of last year’s RoATP application process which saw a number of organisations awarded training contracts despite having no track record of apprenticeship delivery.  Following a review, providers have been required to reapply to the register and meet more “stringent and challenging entry requirements”.

Our Managing Director Adam Marsh:

“We are delighted to receive confirmation that we continue to meet the criteria set out by the ESFA for the delivery of quality apprenticeship training. This is further validation of the high standards we set for our provision and we support the ESFA’s work in rigorously ensuring that only those providers delivering quality training, like ACE, will remain on the register”.

We currently have almost 100 construction trade apprentices, predominantly in Oxfordshire, and have seen our apprenticeship numbers grow steadily, with more firms in the industry making us their training provider of choice locally.  We start learners, including apprentices, at any point across the year and are holding an Open Doors week for prospective students and apprentices on the 19th-23rdAugust.  For more information on our courses and events, contact us on 01865 370040 or info@acetraining.co.uk

Seeing the recent ministerial reshuffle and the return of our former local MP – and ACE supporter – Baroness Blackwood to government, reminded us of the day she and the now Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock visited ACE during National Apprenticeship Week in 2015.  It was great that they took the time to come and see us and we were impressed by their skills for sure!


We can’t quite believe we’re starting week 4 of the Summer Programme, meaning we’re half way there.  Been a great start by the students who’ve not only made progress in the workshop, but have done really well at participating in team building exercises and fun outdoor activities as well.  It’s been a great few weeks, keep up the great work!!

Great time to start looking ahead to opportunities including full-time courses and apprenticeships.




Literally!  Well done to students from Oxfordshire UTC, Bartholomew School and Cheney school who have done a great job in the carpentry workshop getting some activities ready for the students who are starting our Summer Programme next week.  Nearly 40 signed up!

Less than a week until the start of our annual Summer Programme, with a proven track record in helping ‘early birds’ who’ve just left school progress quicker onto full-time training or apprenticeships.  It’s a great head start for anyone looking to train up in either brickwork or carpentry and we know employers looking for apprentices really value the commitment our summer students show to spend their holiday time getting on the tools and learning.

There’s still time to sign up, contact Sonia King on 01865 3700404 or email sonia@acetraining.co.uk for more info!

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.