ACE Training are delighted to announce that we are now in a positon to offer plumbing Level 1 this in light of our recently renovated workshops. If you are interested in a career in Plumbing this would be an ideal starting point for you. We only have limited spaces on the course so do not delay in applying.

Please contact the centre for further information and register your interest

 

 

We have decided this year, due to popular demand, to run two 6 week summer programmes. The 1st to start 2nd June 2021 and the 2nd will start on 14th July 2021 please contact the centre to discuss the options available to you .

This is a guaranteed ‘head start’ for school leavers looking to get into construction training or an apprenticeship in brickwork or carpentry.  Our programme has a proven track record in helping students make quicker progress and we know it is valued by employers who recognise the commitment the participants show in spending their holidays in training.  The programme is free of charge and we can help with training allowance and travel support too!

** If you are not a school leaver, this year, but are out of work or looking to retrain please contact the centre as this could also suit you**

The summer programme is an ideal opportunity for you to see if construction is for you!!

We are pleased to announce that ACE Training will be open this Saturday!!

so if you are considering a career in construction then come and find out about our award winning Apprenticeship training and pre-apprenticeship courses. We accept new learners and Apprentices all year round so whether you’re thinking about starting right away, or after school, come and talk to us about your interests and found out about our summer programme.

Good luck to everyone who is collecting GCSE results tomorrow. If you have just completed our summer programme or are joining one of our courses in September please remember to email your results to Sonia or Lyndsey ASAP on [email protected]

 

Great news for CITB-registered employers who could see up to a 30% increase in grants they can claim for employing an apprentice, with as much as £14,500 being available for an apprentice who completes both Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeship across a 3 year period.

The new grant rates came into force on the 1st April and apply to apprentices who started after this date. For more information on the grants system and how to claim, please see here.

We very much welcome this news, as it further incentivises the recruitment and training of apprentices who are greatly needed within our industry.

 

A quick reminder that any employer wishing to claim CITB grants will need to set up an online account.  This makes it easier to do, and employers who pay CITB levy can also manage their payments online too.

Setting up an account is easy and there is useful guidance and also an online chat facility as well as the helpline.  Check out the link for more info HERE.

 

Lovely work by students from Gosford Hill school in Kidlington, today in our workshop.

We welcome the announcement in today’s Autumn Budget of a further increase in the Minimum Wage rates for apprentices.  The new minimum level will be £3.90 per hour from April 2019 and applies those aged 16-18 and those aged 19+ in the first year of their apprenticeship.  Anything that puts more pounds in apprentices’ pockets is ok by us!!

We also like the news that employer contributions towards apprenticeship training is to be cut from 10% to 5%. This will be welcomed by the employers that we work with, for sure.

 

A new report into how the construction industry must develop and harness digital technologies needed to adapt to change and ensure it can deliver growth and quality needed in the future.

Read it in full here.

 

 

We were ever so proud of the success of number of our employers at the recent JACKfm Brick Awards which took place at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.  We are known for our award-winning apprentices so it is now fantastic to have the success of some of our employers recognised in this way.

All three of the finalists in the Business of the Year award, sponsored by Sportif Citroën, are brilliant local construction companies working with us to train apprentices.  The award was open to businesses with less than 15 employees and the finalists were:

Cottonwood Interiors

Leon Construction OC

Wain & Francis Ltd

Not an easy decision to make, they are all brilliant but the award was given to the fine folk at Cottonwood.

There was consolation for Leon Construction though as Ted Owen and Leon O’Callaghan won the ‘Best Boss’ award.  A brilliant achievement, and we are sure all the apprentices they’ve trained up would agree.  Find out more about some of them here.

We are also remarkably proud of Max Berry from Paul Tew Construction Ltd for being a worthy finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category, sponsored by Anglia Tool Centre.

Pics from a very exciting evening here.  Well done to all finalists!