ACE invest in infrastructure and people to provide greater educational opportunities for local people
This summer ACE have made an investment of over £50,000 to improve the facilities at their training centre in Rackheath near Norwich to further support the skills development of local young people.
Lou Gardiner, Managing Director of ACE said ‘If we are expecting young people to believe in themselves we must show them that we believe in the quality of our provision and the best way to demonstrate this is through investment in what we have to offer.’ Now in their 5th year of trading ACE has reinvested in the infrastructure of the organisation year on year growing from a one building centre, providing motor vehicle training to a 2 building centre with the addition of construction trades training in 2013. This summer ACE have added a third building to the training centre which has enabled the addition of a training café to support the delivery of a suite of catering and hospitality qualifications. ACE have also improved their engineering facilities to include provision for foundation engineering qualifications.
The new facilities have enabled ACE to provide a wide range of vocational qualifications which are GCSE equivalent aimed at supporting young people who need an individualised approach to education and training and work in partnership with many Norfolk schools and alternative training to identify those young people who will benefit the most.
The staff team at ACE has also expanded to meet the delivery needs of the business and they are delighted to have been joined by Toby Barnes who comes from the Construction Industry Training Board where he taught construction and civil engineering to degree level as well as specialising in industry and health and safety training. Toby also has previous experience from Huntingdon Regional College of working with young people who are not in employment, education or training and SEN learners.
The newly enlarged team also includes Julia Howard a new Director with many years of senior management experience from the Further Education sector who is focusing on business development opportunities.
Julia said ‘I am excited to be working with ACE and to have the opportunity to help meet the needs of young people who might otherwise slip through the net, ACE have an excellent track record of supporting young people into further education and employment and I am delighted to be part of the ACE team.