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A new £1m construction training centre in Bicester

It's not just the state of the art facilities, ample parking and access to a full range of tools and materials that make our brand new training centre impressive.

Not sure how you’ll get to Bicester? We offer transport from Didcot and Abingdon, with pick up points along the A34.

Call 01235 54 11 11 for more information

Gas Training and Assessment (ACS) Centre

Our top of the range, brand new gas training and assessment centre contains all the facilities you need to gain the accreditation and certification you need to work as a domestic gas engineer.

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Apprenticeships & Part Time Courses

Specialising in plumbing, gas engineering, carpentry and property maintenance. You can train for a new career, recertify a qualification, or gain some DIY skills.

If you're an employer looking to recruit an apprentice, click here to see how we can help

Countryfile: A star is born!

Timmy Blake a Level 2 Property Maintenance Apprentice, at our Bicester Construction Centre, was interviewed by Matt Baker on the Countryfile Apprenticeship Special in May.

Blenheim Palace has invested heavily in apprenticeships and we are pleased that they have chosen to work with us not only on Property Maintenance but also other specialisms such as Business Administration.


A wide ranging offer...

For employers: We work closely with employers of all sizes to ensure that the skills we are teaching are up to date and reflect those that are needed in your business. Whether you want to employ an apprentice or find a reliable and high quality training organisation to upskill or re-accredit existing staff members, then we can help.

For apprentices: If you want to kick-start a long-lasting career in the construction sector Bicester Construction Skills Centre can help to connect you to some of the very best employers in Oxfordshire and beyond. You will be learning on the latest, state-of-the-art equipment and our award-winning apprenticeship team will support you throughout your learning journey.

For the community: Bicester Construction Skills Centre also provides training for individuals who want to develop their own DIY skills, or who perhaps want to try something new before considering a change of career.

Staff Profile: Graham Hill

Staff Profile: Graham Hill

Graham joined the teaching community thirteen years ago having previously been a gas engineer for twelve years. He also managed teams of gas engineers as well as managing a gas training and assessment centre.

Since becoming a lecturer, he has mainly trained and assessed level 3 plumbers and gas engineers, as well as trained and/or assessed qualified gas engineers returning to renew their qualifications.

"I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to help design the new gas training and assessment centre in Bicester. I am currently installing the equipment which will support the apprentices learning experience. I am looking forward to meeting the local employers and their apprentices who will join our new centre when it opens.

We are building some of the best facilities in the area which will support the students’ learning and provide them with the widest possible experience in the industry.

The apprentices will have access to some of the latest appliances and training material thanks to direct links with manufacturers such as Worcester Bosch."

Staff Profile: Robert Laslett

Staff Profile: Robert Laslett

Robert started his career as an apprentice wood worker at British Rail. After completing his indentured apprenticeship he was given a position in the production workshop, where he improved his machining and manufacturing skills, which also involved the programming of a CNC router. He also spent time in the joinery making doors, windows and railway joinery.

Robert left the railways and went into teaching so he could pass on the skills that he had learnt to a new generation of carpenters. Firstly, he worked for Manpower forum where he learnt how to assess NVQs and gained an assessor qualification and internal verifiers award, and achieved a Cert Ed through Bedford University.

"I enjoy being able to pass skills and knowledge onto a new generation of carpenters, and the buzz I get when they complete work on their own to a high standard. I also like building relationships with the students and watching them grow in confidence both in their carpentry skills but also as young people ready for the workplace.

They can grow as a person, improving their confidence and social skills learning from other students, qualifying their understanding through activities and practical application within the classroom and workshops. This builds the camaraderie between students making for a positive learning experience."

Staff Profile: Mark French - Centre Manager

Staff Profile: Mark French - Centre Manager

Mark is a qualified engineer and plumber who spent a number of years working in industry before moving into Further Education nine years ago as a Technician/ Trainer. He taught a mix of full-time students and apprentices at level two and three. He moved on to become Apprenticeship Manager at Abingdon and Witney College, covering areas including construction and engineering.

After a period as Interim Head of Apprenticeships he is now responsible for leading the innovative new Construction Skills Centre in Bicester.

"The best thing about working at the college is working closely with apprentices and employers to help them achieve their goals, whatever their backgrounds and previous experience. As a former apprentice myself I remember that so much of the knowledge I gained at college was not relevant in the workplace, so making sure that we deliver high quality training that makes a difference in the workplace is really important to me.

Particularly for apprentices who are working in SMEs, college provides the opportunity to talk to other apprentices in similar positions to get a broader understanding of how it feels to be an apprentice. For some students it can also be a really big jump into the workplace, and college provides a really important bridge between school or full-time college, and work.

Staff Profile: Mark Hurley

Staff Profile: Mark Hurley

Mark has over 30 years experience in the construction industry. He has always been keen to pass on the skills and knowledge that he acquired during his time in the field of carpentry. Having employed apprentices himself when he ran his own business, he knows what employers are looking for and understands the value of the experience gained by students in a setting like Bicester.

"The best aspect of teaching at the College is that lightbulb moment!

When you explain to a student a different method, or how to achieve a certain task an easier way, and you see them 'get it' and understand the process.

I think the most important benefit a student can get from coming to College is the practical skill set of our courses, where they can stand back and see the end product of their achievements."

Staff Profile: Dave Cooknell

Staff Profile: Dave Cooknell

Dave has over 30 years experience in carpentry and joinery. The early part of his career was mainly workshop-based producing building joinery (doors, windows, stairs, panelling, internal joinery etc.). Where he worked for local contractors on both new build and listed buildings.

Dave also had his own workshop where he produced hand-made kitchens, fitted and free-standing furniture.

In later years Dave has been site-based, working on smaller building sites, schools, colleges, churches, care homes and the like.

“It’s vital that earlier generations pass on skills acquired over the years to following generations. A fully equipped modern workshop together with ‘state of the art’ teaching facilities provides an ideal teaching/learning environment.

The College provides excellent support throughout, every student is individual, the staff will ensure each receives care and support to develop the skills needed to succeed in their chosen career.”

Staff Profile:  Rob Anderson

Staff Profile: Rob Anderson

Rob started his career as an apprentice gas maintenance engineer and moving into central heating installations at British Gas. He then spent ten years working as a Safety Assurance Engineer (SAE) and lead carbon monoxide (CO) incident investigator on behalf of the Health & Safety Executive.

After 21-years he moved to Crowcon Detection Instruments, where he started in the technical support team providing global clients with expert technical information, delivering training, and with identifying suitable and sufficient solutions to help lower their associated flammable, toxic gas and oxygen related risks and safety concerns. He then moved into account management where his skills and experience in the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) industries enabled successful management and business development of national (multi-million pound) accounts and gas training centres.

Rob continues to champion carbon monoxide awareness/safety and remains Gas Safe registered. He is recognised by IGEM (Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers) and by The Engineer Council professional organisations as an engineering technician (EngTech MIGEM).

"I have always wanted to go into teaching to give back to the industry that I have dedicated my working life to, and to positively inspire and encourage the future generation of plumbers and gas engineers; not only to be successful in their chosen careers but to inspire my students to reach further. With this in the forefront of my mind, I accepted the challenge and opportunity of a lifetime to go into teaching at Abingdon & Witney College."

Conor


The teaching, facilities and resources are excellent! It’s all brand-new and of the highest quality.

We’ve been building up our skills, learning: pipe-bending, soldering, working with steel pipe-work. We’ve also looked at solvent welds and waste management.

All-in-all I’ve learnt a lot in quite a short space of time. This course was a career change for me and the possibility of a better life for me and my family is my prime motivation!

Morgan


I completed the Level 2 Site Carpentry course and have progressed to the Level 3 programme.

I’m employed at Sporn Construction in Bicester who handle a lot of restoration work. They felt that offering me the opportunity to be qualified in traditional techniques such as: cut roofs and staircases, as well as complex roof structures would mean I was recognised for my work as an asset to the company.

The College has really helped me develop; the knowledgeable staff give me confidence that I’m learning the correct skills and are 'firm but fair'!

Adam


I’ve already completed my Level 2 Site Carpentry and have now progressed onto the Level 3 programme.

I work for Benfield & Locksley Construction in Oxford. They’ve been very supportive and as far as they are concerned a qualified workforce is an asset!

I’m really enjoying the course and there are lots of opportunities to challenge yourself. Last term we had the opportunity to teach the Level 2 students which helped me to build my confidence, be organised and focus on how to communicate a problem and then demonstrate how to solve it!

Hector


I think the facilities here are amazing, everything is brand new and easily accessible. The bays and workstations have been really well thought out and are easy to use and practical.

I’ve been learning the basics at the moment; pipe bending and joining and the principles of plumbing.

But it’s not all plumbing - we’ve also been studying customer interaction and behaviour which has been very useful. It's taken me a while to get the right apprenticeship , so now I’m on the course I'm definitely going to make the most of it!

Course Listings

Appliance Training and Assessment

Part Time XSBT003P

This course qualifies you to work on various gas appliances...

18th Jan 2023 - 19th Jan 2023

Wednesday & Thursday

Construction

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Carpentry & Joinery - Architectural Joiner Level 2 Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship XMBS350P

Carpentry and Joinery apprentices typically either work on a construction site as a Site Carpenter or in a workshop as an Architectural Joiner. Separate information about site carpentry is also available....

1st Aug 2022 - 31st Jul 2023

Various

Apprentices

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Carpentry & Joinery - Architectural Joiner Level 3 Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship XMBS200P

Carpentry and Joinery apprentices typically either work on a construction site as a Site Carpenter or in a workshop as an Architectural Joiner. Separate information about site carpentry is also available...

1st Aug 2022 - 31st Jul 2023

Various

Apprentices

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Carpentry & Joinery - Site Carpenter Level 2 Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship XMBS150P

Carpentry and Joinery apprentices typically either work on a construction site as a Site Carpenter or in a workshop as an Architectural Joiner. Separate information about architectural joinery is also available....

1st Aug 2022 - 31st Jul 2023

Various

Apprentices

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Carpentry & Joinery - Site Carpenter Level 3 Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship XMBS250P

Carpentry and Joinery apprentices typically either work on a construction site as a Site Carpenter or in a workshop as an Architectural Joiner. Separate information about architectural joinery is also available....

1st Aug 2022 - 31st Jul 2023

Various

Apprentices

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Core Gas Safety (CCN1): Re-assessment plus appliances

Part Time XSBR103P

This course will provide you with the certification you need to continue to work as a domestic gas engineer. Candidates must already hold the CCN1 certification to take this course.The course is 5 days in total. 2 and a half days training, and 2 and ...

3rd Oct 2022 - 7th Oct 2022

Monday to Friday

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Core Gas Safety (CCN1): Re-assessment plus appliances

Part Time XSBR106P

This course will provide you with the certification you need to continue to work as a domestic gas engineer. Candidates must already hold the CCN1 certification to take this course.The course is 5 days in total. 2 and a half days training, and 2 and ...

16th Jan 2023 - 20th Jan 2023

Monday to Friday

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Core Gas Safety (CCN1): Re-assessment plus appliances

Part Time XSBT107P

This course will provide you with the certification you need to continue to work as a domestic gas engineer. Candidates must already hold the CCN1 certification to take this course.The course is 5 days in total. 2 and a half days training, and 2 and ...

6th Feb 2023 - 10th Feb 2023

Monday to Friday

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Core Gas Safety (CCN1): Re-assessment plus appliances

Part Time XSBT108P

This course will provide you with the certification you need to continue to work as a domestic gas engineer. Candidates must already hold the CCN1 certification to take this course.The course is 5 days in total. 2 and a half days training, and 2 and ...

13th Mar 2023 - 17th Mar 2023

Monday to Friday

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Core Gas Safety (CCN1): Re-assessment plus appliances

Part Time XSBT109P

This course will provide you with the certification you need to continue to work as a domestic gas engineer. Candidates must already hold the CCN1 certification to take this course.The course is 5 days in total. 2 and a half days training, and 2 and ...

3rd Apr 2023 - 7th Apr 2023

Monday to Friday

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Core Gas Safety (CCN1): Re-assessment plus appliances

Part Time XSBT110P

This course will provide you with the certification you need to continue to work as a domestic gas engineer. Candidates must already hold the CCN1 certification to take this course.The course is 5 days in total. 2 and a half days training, and 2 and ...

8th May 2023 - 12th May 2023

Monday to Friday

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Core Gas Safety (CCN1): Re-assessment plus appliances

Part Time XSBT111P

This course will provide you with the certification you need to continue to work as a domestic gas engineer. Candidates must already hold the CCN1 certification to take this course.The course is 5 days in total. 2 and a half days training, and 2 and ...

12th Jun 2023 - 16th Jun 2023

Monday to Friday

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Core Gas Safety (CCN1): Re-assessment plus appliances

Part Time XSBT112P

This course will provide you with the certification you need to continue to work as a domestic gas engineer. Candidates must already hold the CCN1 certification to take this course.The course is 5 days in total. 2 and a half days training, and 2 and ...

3rd Jul 2023 - 7th Jul 2023

Monday to Friday

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Core Gas Safety (CCN1): Re-assessment plus appliances

Part Time XSBR105P

This course will provide you with the certification you need to continue to work as a domestic gas engineer. Candidates must already hold the CCN1 certification to take this course.The course is 5 days in total. 2 and a half days training, and 2 and ...

5th Dec 2022 - 9th Dec 2022

Monday to Friday

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Core Gas Safety (CCN1): Re-assessment plus appliances

Part Time XSBR104P

This course will provide you with the certification you need to continue to work as a domestic gas engineer. Candidates must already hold the CCN1 certification to take this course.The course is 5 days in total. 2 and a half days training, and 2 and ...

14th Nov 2022 - 18th Nov 2022

Monday to Friday

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Excel Improvers

Part Time WPKU512P

This Microsoft Excel improvers course is ideal for those who have a basic working knowledge of Excel and wish to advance their skills. In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will ...

12th Jan 2023 - 9th Feb 2023

Thursday

Computing & Digital Technologies

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Excel Introduction

Part Time WPKU511P

Microsoft Excel is an invaluable tool in the workplace and an essential skill you aspire to improver your career prospects in administrative roles. Spreadsheets are equally a useful personal skill for enhancing processes like tracking your personal f...

3rd Nov 2022 - 1st Dec 2022

Thursday

Computing & Digital Technologies

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Foundation Gas Course

Part Time XSBS002P

This intensive course is designed to support candidates who have no previous experience in the gas industry to achieve Gas Safe registration. The course includes both practical and theory training in all areas of domestic gas installations and associ...

10th Jan 2023 - 22nd Jun 2023

Tuesday - Thursday

Construction

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Gas Engineering Operative Level 3 Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship XMBS050P

Gas engineering involves the safe installation, commission, decommission and the ongoing service and repair of gas appliances in either a domestic or non-domestic setting. Appliances can include central heating boilers, unvented hot water storage, co...

1st Aug 2022 - 31st Jul 2023

Various

Apprentices

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Introduction to O365

Part Time WPKU510P

Learn the basics of Microsoft’s online version of Office SuiteIn order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date....

6th Oct 2022 - 20th Oct 2022

Thursday

Computing & Digital Technologies

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Learning to use the cloud

Part Time WPKU513P

Cloud computing is a term that many will be familiar with but not everyone will understand or appreciate the nuances of a tool that allows the physical confines of a computer to be overcome.This course is designed to allow to allow learners to gain a...

11th May 2023 - 18th May 2023

Thursday

Computing & Digital Technologies

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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LPG Training and Assessment

Part Time XSBS123P

This course is designed to enable qualified gas engineers to add LPG to their exixting natural gas qualification....

30th Jan 2023 - 31st Jan 2023

Mondays & Tuesdays

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship XMBS100P

Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and heating systems....

1st Aug 2022 - 31st Jul 2023

Various

Apprentices

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Plumbing and Renewables Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship XMBS400P

Plumbing and Renewables Technicians plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and heating systems. Plumbing and Renewables technicians can find themselves working inside or outside a property. Customer service sk...

1st Aug 2022 - 31st Jul 2023

Various

Apprentices

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Property Maintenance Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship XMBS300P

Property Maintenance Operatives optimise property condition and quality and ensure that buildings are kept in a safe working condition whilst providing a high level of satisfaction to customers...

1st Aug 2022 - 31st Jul 2023

Various

Apprentices

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Unvented Hot Water: Initial

Part Time XSBR114P

This course will enable candidates to install, commission, repair and maintain domestic unvented hot water cylinders to comply with building regulations and standards....

28th Apr 2023 - 28th Apr 2023

Monday

Engineering

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Unvented Hot Water: Initial

Part Time XSBR115P

This course will enable candidates to install, commission, repair and maintain domestic unvented hot water cylinders to comply with building regulations and standards....

23rd Jan 2023 - 23rd Jan 2023

Monday

Engineering

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Unvented Hot Water: Re-assessment

Part Time XSBR117P

This course will enable candidates to install, commission, repair and maintain domestic unvented hot water cylinders to comply with building regulations and standards....

28th Apr 2023 - 30th Jul 2023

Monday

Engineering

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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Unvented Hot Water: Re-assessment

Part Time XSBR118P

This course will enable candidates to install, commission, repair and maintain domestic unvented hot water cylinders to comply with building regulations and standards....

23rd Jan 2023 - 30th Jul 2023

Monday

Engineering

Bicester Construction Skills Centre

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