ACE Training excited to be sponsoring the Best Woman in the Trade at this year’s Jack Brick awards in October. We are all about empowering females in construction at ACE and we are looking forward find out who the winner is. listen out for the advert on Jack fm

It’s the end of another busy term and today our hedgehog houses have been donated to a local village who are creating a wildlife garden. We have really enjoyed working on this project and are really impressed with the end results.

Happy Easter all.


The summer programme is back and will start on the 20th July 2022 and will run for 6 weeks. Please contact the centre to discuss joining the programme or complete our application form found in the policies section of the website. This is a guaranteed ‘head start’ for school leavers looking to get into construction […]

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.

ACE Training Pre-Apprentice learners will have a 3 week Summer break this year. All learners attending for the summer Programme will continue to attend and the centre will also continue to be open for visitors to have a look around.  

Summer Break Starts 18th July 2022 and learners will return 10th August 2022

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.