We can’t quite believe it’s half-term already!

Quick reminder of our arrangements:

  1. Apprentices will attend college as normal, on either Monday 22nd or Tuesday 23rd.
  2. Study Programme and all other students attending Wednesday/Thursday/Friday are OFF next week, returning to college from Wednesday 31st October

Our training centre will be open and staffed throughout, so we’d be happy to see any employers or individuals interested in our courses.  Please get in touch on 01865370040 or [email protected] to arrange an appointment!

We will be at the West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership (WOLP) Apprenticeship Fair this evening (Thursday 18th October 2018) from 5-8pm at Witney Lakes Resort.

Students in years 10-13 at the 7 west Oxfordshire schools have been invited and the event is open to the public too, so we know that it will be a busy and enjoyable event and that the students and parents will really appreciate the opportunity to talk to us and the other exhibitors.

West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership of schools:

  • Bartholomew School
  • Burford School
  • Carterton Community College
  • Chipping Norton School
  • The Henry Box School
  • The Marlborough School
  • Wood Green School

Our second-to-last Saturday Open Morning of 2018 is this Saturday from 1000-1200.

As you know, we’re not the sort of college to turn people away just because September has passed, so if you’re interested in construction training for yourself, someone you know or for your business, then make an appointment to see us this Saturday morning.

We have flexible start dates so don’t worry about having ‘missed the boat’!  Talk to us about funding, training costs and student support also.


We’re looking forward to the Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) Day at Matthew Arnold School in Oxford this Wednesday.

Sorcha will be there talking to Year 11s about the award-winning apprenticeship training at ACE and our pre-apprenticeship Study Programmes which have proven success in helping students progress into employment, further training and apprenticeships.

Our students are on a well-earned break the next two weeks so we are taking the time to prepare for September, but also opening our doors to anyone interested in what we do here at ACE.

We have a monthly Saturday Open Morning most months, next week it’s an Open Doors Week. Whether you’re an employer interested in taking on an apprentice, a student thinking about life after GCSEs, or an agency/organisation looking to find out more about what we do….come and see us!

All we ask is you ring ahead so we know you’re coming! Call 01865 370040.

Just over one week to go until our May Taster Day. This is a great opportunity for those interested in construction courses to ‘have a go’ at brickwork or carpentry and find out about our Summer Programme and other training and apprenticeship opportunities.


We have set the dates for this year’s Summer Programme. This has become an important part of the annual calendar which helps school-leavers get a head start on their construction training by spending six weeks on an introductory course to get a grounding on either brickwork or carpentry & joinery.

Our Summer Programme has become a really good way for some students to ‘fast track’ their way towards further training or even an apprenticeship. The course runs for six weeks from 4th July until the 10th August and there are no entry requirements in terms of qualifications.

Subject to eligibility, programme participants could be entitled to a training allowance and support with travel costs throughout the six-week programme. Please ask for details.

To secure your place on the programme, please get in touch with us as soon as possible, either by
telephone (01865 370040) or via email [email protected]

Since we had to cancel March’s Open Morning due to weather, we’re especially looking forward to this Saturday’s Open Morning 1000-1200.

We take students on all year round so it’s a great chance to come along and see what full-time and Apprenticeship opportunities we have,

Maybe you’re still at school and looking at life after GCSEs……we can show you around and talk to you about our summer programme!

And employers….weather’s getting better, maybe a great time to think about getting an extra pair of hands on board, and what better than to take on an apprentice!

If you can’t make Saturday but want to come and see us, please contact us [email protected] to arrange an appointment. And remember we usually have an Open Morning each month, see the flyer for more info.

It’s difficult thinking about career choices when you don’t always know what to expect from a particular job or workplace. That’s why our Workshop Taster Days are so valuable. We love seeing people come in and handle a brick for the first time, or put a saw to a piece of wood. There’s only so much anyone can learn from a book, from a talk or even a video online….there’s no real way of knowing whether construction is for you unless you come and have a go!

The Taster Days have been brilliant the last few years in terms of helping students identify and confirm their interest in construction, and even discuss our Summer programme and other full-time study programmes for when they leave school in June!

We still have a few spaces on our Workshop Taster Day this Wednesday so please get in touch asap to book yours!

Unfortunately we have made the decision to cancel today’s Open Morning due to weather. Safety of staff and visitors is paramount.

Please check our events and calendar page for details on future events and remember we can make appointments for anyone to come and visit us Monday to Friday, just give us a call 01865 370040.

Wrap up warm and enjoy the rugby!