We are delighted to invite applications for a Bricklaying Apprentice at KJ Brookes Ltd in Banbury. This is a local firm of general builders working on a range of projects in the Banbury and North Oxfordshire area.

For more information and to apply please see the ad on ‘Find An Apprenticeship’ – KJ Brookes Apprenticeship.

We are pleased to announce that nominations are now being invited for the annual OCTG Apprentice Awards.

There are four awards:

L2 Apprentice of the Year
L3 Apprentice of the Year
Merit Award
Special Recognition Award

We have a great record in recent years with ACE apprentices winning awards regularly. The most recent was Samm Murphy (pictured) who took home the L3 Award in 2017. More on the 2017 Awards here.

We will be encouraging our employers to support nominations for their apprentices. It is worth noting that every nominee receives a certificate and a cheque for £25, with the winners receiving a monetary prize as well as a trophy.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 18th October at The Devere Oxford Thames Hotel.

Closing date for entries is 14th September.

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.

We caught up with the brilliant Leon Construction OC Ltd based at Little Chesterton near Bicester. We’ve worked with Leon for a number of years now and they have been firm supporters of apprentices and training all that time, as they told us:

Tell us about your apprentice?
Leon Construction OC Ltd has two apprentices. George, who will soon be in his second year with us and our new apprentice Harvey. Both of our boys are exceptionally good, always on time and keen to learn. Construction work is often extremely early starts and long days, often in quite hostile weather and both of our boys just get on with it.

What made you decide to take on an apprentice?
As a company, our aim is to provide a high-quality experience for all our clients and customer satisfaction is at the heart of our business ethos. To achieve this, Leon Construction OC Ltd employ the best people in their respective fields and continue, to train, develop and support our staff, to ensure their expertise remains within the organisation. Leon Construction OC Ltd decided to start an apprenticeship scheme, as we are passionate about learning and developing people, and as a company we want to offer opportunities for promotion and as a result, we are proud to have a full team working to the same exceptional standards as our directors Leon O’Callaghan and Ted Owen.

Why do you think we have a shortage of young people going into construction in the UK?
Manual labour is hard and young people are more used to roles behind the desk and increasingly young people are less hands on, therefore might not think they have the skills to go on learning a trade.

What would you say to companies out there that don’t take on apprentices?
We would encourage companies to try at least. If you find a good candidate, you can develop them to fit into your work culture and it is quite satisfying to see them learn and develop and then be able to carry out work independently.

What would you say to anyone thinking about taking up construction as a career?
If you work hard and are good what you do, you always have a job if you have learned a trade and instead of leaving the school with lots of student loans, you can earn while you learn.

Find out more about Leon Construction OC Ltd here.

We will be closed to students and apprentices for our annual Summer Break from Friday 17th August. We will re-open on Monday 3rd September. Staff will still be available throughout this period. During this time, apprentices should attend work directed otherwise by their employer.

If there are any queries relating to this, please contact us on 01865 370040 or email [email protected]

Excellent Site Carpentry Apprenticeship opportunity with Lynch Building Contractors in Oxford. Note that the company would prefer applicants to have a driving licence and their own vehicle.

For more information to apply, go to the vacancy link on ‘Find An Apprenticeship’. Closing date for applications is 24th August.

Delighted to invite applications for the position of Apprentice Bricklayer at N. A. Godfrey Builders Ltd, based in Minster Lovell near Witney.

Further information and to apply, go to the vacancy link on ‘Find an Apprenticeship’. Closing date is 22nd August.