ACE announced today that it has secured the continuation of two significant contracts aimed at fostering skills development and enhancing numeracy across Norfolk. The Skills Bootcamps and Multiply programme, reaffirm ACE’s commitment to delivering high-quality education and training opportunities across the Eastern region.
Skills Bootcamps, funded via the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), involves ACE’s participation in the government-funded programme to give people ‘skills for life’. The programme is open to anyone aged 19+, whether employed or unemployed. This initiative is designed to address the growing demand for skilled professionals in key industries. ACE will specifically provide training in two critical sectors: logistics (warehousing and transportation) and aviation (ground operations and cabin crew). Through these Skills Bootcamps, ACE aims to equip individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills to help them into these vocational sectors.
Logistics is an ever-evolving sector that plays a pivotal role in the global supply chain. ACE’s Skills Bootcamp in logistics will cover essential topics such as supply chain management, inventory control, and transportation logistics. This training will enable participants to acquire the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to navigate the complex logistics landscape effectively.
The second Skills Bootcamps, focused on aviation ground operations and cabin crew, aims to meet the demands of the thriving aviation industry. As air travel continues to rebound, there is an increasing need for well-trained employees to ensure seamless operations on the ground and exceptional customer service in the cabin. ACE’s training programme, in conjunction with Saxon Air, will encompass various aspects, including airport ground operations, customer service, safety protocols, and emergency procedures.
In addition to the Skills Bootcamps, ACE has also secured a furtherment of the Multiply programme, funded by the Department for Education (DfE) via Norfolk County Council. This initiative aims to promote numeracy skills and make mathematics more accessible and less intimidating for individuals of all ages. Through a series of numeracy sessions, ACE will work towards demystifying maths and empowering individuals to develop a stronger grasp of numbers and their use in everyday life, including subjects such as budgeting, bills, helping with your children’s’ homework and even kitchen skills. These can lead on to a maths qualification or a functional skills achievement, if so desired.
The Multiply programme seeks to address the common fear and anxiety associated with everyday maths. ACE’s friendly and accessible numeracy sessions will incorporate real-world examples and practical applications, making the learning experience engaging, relatable and fun. By equipping participants with a solid foundation in numeracy, ACE hopes to enhance their confidence and encourage a positive attitude towards numbers.
Lou Gardiner, CEO of ACE
Speaking about these new contracts, Lou Gardiner, CEO of ACE, expressed her enthusiasm for the opportunities they present. She said, “We are thrilled to have secured these contracts, as they align perfectly with ACE’s mission to empower individuals through education and skills development. The Skills Bootcamps will enable us to support a new generation of employees in local industries, while the Multiply programme will help individuals overcome their apprehension towards maths. We are excited to make a meaningful impact on the lives and careers of those who participate in these programmes.”
ACE’s involvement in these government-funded initiatives reinforces its position as a trusted education and training provider in the Eastern region. With a strong commitment to excellence, ACE continues to deliver comprehensive and relevant programmes that equip individuals with the skills needed to thrive in today’s job market.