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The ATG Training Apprenticeship scheme has been approved as delivering the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Council requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician.

This means that anyone successfully completing an ATG Training Engineering Apprenticeship as defined under the scheme, will likely be able to achieve full IMechE Membership and EngTech registration, provided they can meet all other membership requirements. Apprentices will therefore be able to use the designation EngTech after their names in letters and email addresses on completion of their training.

As the scheme is approved, Apprentices in training also have access to the Institute of Mechanical Engineers facilities whilst on the training programme, which includes the world class library of Engineering material, to help them in their studies.

To find out more just call or email ATG Training 01296 737800 info@atg-training.co.uk
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At ATG Training we have over 50 exciting opportunities with some of the most innovative companies in the country.
We would love to help you decide if any of these opportunities could be for you.
Progression opportunities are available too.
Could an Apprenticeship be right for you?
Come in and find out more at our Open Day on 3rd June between 10.30am and 3.00pm.
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ATG Training Open Day - Friday 3rd June
At ATG Training we have over 50 exciting opportunities with some of the most innovative companies in the country.
We would love to help you decide if any of these opportunities could be for you.
Progression opportunities are available too.
Could an Apprenticeship be right for you?
Come in and find out more at our Open Day on 3rd June between 10.30am and 3.00pm.
Book a place at the Open Day via email to info@atg-training.co.uk
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Employers of apprentices under 25 years of age will no longer pay National Insurance contributions and are set to save thousands of pounds.

 The abolishment which came into effect on 6 April 2016, applies to both existing employers with apprentices and those taking on a new apprentice. According to the Government, employers look to save around £1,000 a year when employing an apprentice earning £16,000.
Commenting on the change, skills minister Nick Boles said:

“We’re making it even better value for businesses to take on a young apprentice. Businesses will no longer need to pay National Insurance contributions for apprentices under 25.

“Apprenticeships make sense for young people and for business. If you’re an employer not already reaping the benefits, now is the time to act.”

The government is committed to reforming apprenticeships to ensure they are high quality and responsive to the needs of employers by:
giving employers the power to design and deliver new apprenticeships as part of the new Trailblazer initiative. There are now more than 1,300 employers designing apprenticeships in a broad range of jobs introducing a new £10 million fund to boost the number of degree apprenticeships available, providing more opportunities for young people to get a degree while working at a top company
creating the Institute for Apprenticeships by April 2017 – a new independent body, led by employers that will ensure the quality of apprenticeships in England

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 took place from 14 to 18 March 2016 and saw over 30,000 new apprenticeship places pledged by employers. ATG Training attended the National Apprenticeship Show in Milton Keynes with Martin Baker Aircraft company who we deliver the Apprenticeship programme for. Hundreds of young people, their teachers and parents engaged with us and asked to apply for the many Apprenticeship vacancies  opening up this summer on www.atgapprenticeships.com
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A few places remain on this popular bike maintenance training course

Learn the art of maintaining your bike from the people who train the UK’s professional cycle mechanics. This accredited short course is designed to give you a good level of mechanical ability covering a comprehensive range of cycle maintenance topics.

The course is suitable for anyone who regularly rides a bike, whether that be to commute to work, at the weekends on family outings or at any and every available opportunity - which may well be the case if you are a cycling addict like many of our previous customers!

Topics Covered

• Bike and tooling terminology
• Headsets, handlebars and stems
• Setup and adjustment of brakes and gears
• Drive train: bottom bracket, cranks and pedals, chain and rear cassette
• Wheels: tyres, tubes and truing

It may seem like a lot to squeeze into two days, but as the largest provider of cycle maintenance training in the country, we have the expertise to make it fun and effective! We have trained over 5,000 people in cycle maintenance, including many who have gone on to become race mechanics and independent bike shop owners.

The course is led by an experienced instructor who will guide you through a varied mix of demonstrations and practical exercises. We will provide all of the tooling, bikes and equipment required for you to learn to safely maintain and repair your bike in a relaxed and friendly workshop environment.

So, whether you are an absolute technical beginner or an aspiring professional mechanic, the Cytech Home Mechanic course will help you to attain a good level of mechanical knowledge and skill.
We have fully-equipped workshops in London, Stafford and Aylesbury!
Cost: £299
 
Visit our website to see the dates we have available (including weekends) for this course and to book on-line.
www.atg-training.co.uk/homemechanic

If you book your place on ATG Training's Cytech Home Mechanic course now you'll also be entered into our prize draw to win a Park Tools Home Mechanic Starter kit worth £99.99

These are the tools the professional Bike Mechanics use and you could own them as well as gaining a skill for life just by booking on the Cytech Home Mechanic course from ATG Training.
Book now at www.atg-training.co.uk/homemechanic
Full competition rules available http://www.atg-training.co.uk/cytech-home-mechanic-competition-rules.html

What next?
 ATG Training offers several courses designed to further develop your mechanical abilities:

• Cytech Technical One – increase your practical skill level and develop a sound knowledge of what it means to work in cycle retail environment.
• Cytech Technical Two – develop the thorough knowledge and skillset required to complete a full bike strip-down and rebuild.
• Cytech Technical Three – specialist training in high-end technologies including suspension systems and hydraulic brakes.
Want to chat?

 Our friendly and knowledgeable team are ready to help answer any questions you might have on 01296 737800 or info@atg-training.co.uk or use the enquiry form on the
 website: www.atg-training.co.uk/homemechanic
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Hardide Coatings is the leading global innovator of advanced carbide-based coatings that increase the life of critical metal parts. They are looking for a keen Apprentice Quality Control Technician to join their hardworking team in Bicester.
 Interested and want to know more? Apply today, or call 01296 737800 http://tinyurl.com/n9gxp35
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The last Open Day of the Season is in full swing here at ATG Training. Lots of young people are visiting to get their questions about the #Apprenticeships  we have open, answered. There is still time to visit if you want a career start in September. Call 01296 737800
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National Apprentice Week ‪#‎NAW2015‬ starts next week. This is a short message from the Deputy Prime Minister. "Every young person has the talent and potential to succeed and, since 2010, more than two million young people have set out to achieve their dreams through an Apprenticeship...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdlnQnvRdN0
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Nordson Dage Apprentice explains why he chose the vocational route to higher education, and undertook his programme though ATG Training www.atgapprenticeships.com
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With #NAW2015 just around the corner next week, this timely survey result from our partners at Not Going To Uni have
highlighted career and education options for those not wanting to attend university. 42% of apprentices feel that the biggest benefit of an apprenticeship is the ability to get hands-on experience whilst studying. 56% of recent graduates felt that the biggest benefit of undertaking a degree was being more qualified than others when applying or being interviewed for a job.

The team behind www.notgoingtouni.co.uk conducted the poll as part of an on-going research in to the level of opportunities available to apprentices in direct comparison to those available to recent graduates. 2,614 young British adults, all of whom had started their first job prior to completing their apprenticeship or degree within the past 12 months were quizzed about their first jobs and the opportunities that were available to them. 1,309 respondents had previously completed an apprenticeship, whilst 1,305 respondents had graduated from university with a degree.

Initially, all respondents were asked ‘What do you feel were the top benefits to undertaking your chosen study option?’ When provided with a list of possible responses and told to select all those applied, the top five responses amongst those who had completed an apprenticeship were:

1.      Hands-on experience whilst studying - 42%
2.      Being able to earn money whilst learning - 34%
3.      Being in a working environment - 21%
4.      No debt at the end of it - 16%
5.      Getting a taste for whether or not the career was for me - 13%

When asked the same question, the top five responses from recent graduates were:

1.      Being more qualified than some others going for the same job(s) - 56%
2.      Making lifelong friends - 52%
3.      Moving to / travelling to different places - 38%
4.      Having the theoretical knowledge of the sector - 32%
5.      Having the chance of a placement year for hands-on experience - 24%

In order to determine the financial opportunities available to them, all respondents were then asked to state their starting salary of their first job in their chosen field after receiving their qualifications. Once all of the responses were collated, the results revealed that the average university graduate had a starting salary of £14,734, whilst those who had completed an apprenticeship on average had a starting salary of £18,463.

According to the poll, only 8% of the respondents who completed an apprenticeship wished they had undertaken a degree, whilst 33% of those who had graduated from university wished they’d embarked on an apprenticeship. When asked to state why, ‘to save getting in to debt’ (31%) and ‘full-time education wasn’t for me’ (24%) were the most common responses amongst the graduates.

Spencer Mehlman, Managing Director of notgoingtouni.co.uk, commented:

“We’re not surprised at all that apprentices earn more within their first jobs than graduates, purely because they get the hands-on experience whilst they’re learning, and their first job is typically within the company that they’ve trained with; therefore they know everything already in terms of rules, what the company likes and dislikes and they have the experience with the customers and clients already.
“This research isn’t in any way undermining those who undertake a graduate degree, but university isn’t for everyone. If you’re more interested in learning whilst you work, instead of sitting behind a desk listening to a lecturer, then apprenticeships might be the right choice for you; particularly if money is a focus, what with the results showing that you can earn roughly £310 a month more than graduates.”
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