Learn the art of maintaining your bike from the people who train the UK’s professional cycle mechanics


Young Man Repairing BicycleThis accredited short course is designed to give bike enthusiasts a good level of mechanical ability covering a comprehensive range of cycle maintenance areas. It’s a two day course, led by an experienced instructor who will guide you through a varied mix of demonstrations and practical exercises.

We have centres in London, Stafford and Aylesbury!

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

This two day course teaches you the art of cycle maintenance with training from the people who train the professionals.

Book now at www.atg-training.co.uk/homemechanic
Full competition rules available at http://www.atg-training.co.uk/cytech-home-mechanic-competition-rules.html

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ATG Training delivers their first Cytech Assessments in Scotland

Cycle mechanics across Scotland and northern England passed with flying colours when ATG Training recently toured the country, running a series of in-store and on-site assessment days for Cytech technical one and Cytech technical two. This is the first time the ATG roadshow has visited bike shops in Scotland and was such a success that the team is returning soon, as well as planning a similar tour in Northern Ireland.

Cytech technical qualifications encompass the basics of cycle mechanics right through to dealing with the most advanced and high-tech components and parts. The “assessment only” package gives employers the flexibility to offer their staff an industry recognised qualification without the need to attend a full training course. As well as running assessment days at the training centres, ATG can offer in-store assessment days throughout the UK.

Biketrax and Leith Cycles in Pitlochry, Decathlon Braehead, Highland Bikes in North Ballachulish, Billy Bilsland Cycles in Carlisle and Cyclewise Whinlatter all saw in-store staff complete the assessment for Cytech technical two. All learners passed their assessments with flying colours, gaining a qualification to certify the extremely high level of competence and experience being seen in all locations visited.

Suzanne Read, who was the assessor for the week said, ‘It was a hard week, long days and lots of driving, but made enjoyable by seeing the passion and excellent capability of the mechanics being assessed. An honour to have spent time with some great folks and to be able to issue their Cytech technical two awards in recognition of their hard work and knowledge. I am looking forward to returning again to Scotland and meeting other passionate and capable fellow cycle mechanics.’

ATG trainers had some fantastic feedback from the learners across the week:

“Friendly and positive assessor, felt very comfortable and not under too much pressure. 10/10!” – Stephen Gibson, Biketrax, Technical two assessment.

“Assessor was able to provide clear and precise explanations regarding the assessment. Provided an easy going, approachable and professional atmosphere.” – Greg Walker, Biketrax, Technical two assessment

“Very encouraging assessor. Gave me the confidence to use the skills I have. Plenty of feedback on technique with some useful tips. Thanks for coming up to us!” – Richard Dowsett, Leith Cycle Co. Technical two assessment

“Enjoyed the day. Learned more to carry me forward, many thanks.” – Owen Goodfellow, Highland Bikes, Technical two Assessment

“Suzanne was very knowledgeable and informative throughout the assessment which put me at ease and was able to work to the standard I usually would without feeling under pressure.” – Barry Wilson, Billy Bilsland Cycles, Technical two assessment

Following this success, ATG Training will be running another assessment only package across Scotland in the coming months, as well as travelling to Northern Ireland in February to undertake a similar series of assessments. If this is of interest, please get in touch with ATG Training on 01926 674 995, or email Bal or Tiernon on sales@atg-training.co.uk.

ATG are also contemplating similar assessment only opportunities for Wales, Northern England and the South West, in addition to the assessments that their team of area-based trainers already offer throughout England.

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Cytech accredited training provider upscales operation

ATG Training, the leading provider of Cytech accredited training to the cycles sector, has recently relocated its Stafford operation to enable it to enhance its service delivery to customers.

Located across three centres within the UK at Aylesbury, London and Stafford, ATG Training had outgrown its previous premises and had been looking for a new site. At 180m2, the new workshop at Stafford’s Tollgate Business Centre is almost double the size of the previous space, offering more room, better accessibility, light and ventilation, as well as more modern training facilities to further improve the learner experience.

Commenting on the move, Suzanne Read, Operations Manager for Cycles at ATG Training, said: “The need for new premises is a real testament to the growing demand we’re seeing from customers. There seems to be an increasing awareness of the benefits of gaining industry-recognised training and the new workshop allows us to offer our courses in a modern, light and airy environment. Feedback has been really positive from all learners who have so far used our new facility”.

Speaking on behalf of Cytech, Assistant Brand Manager Dan Roberts commented: “The move to a bigger and better space will allow ATG Training to deliver the best possible training experience to all Cytech candidates. This continued commitment to development and re-investment is just one of the reasons that we are proud to recognise ATG Training as the leading provider of Cytech training worldwide.”

Following on from the success of last week’s Cytech Wheel Building course, the team is excited about the future of its course delivery.

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Apprenticeship funding changes will come into effect in April 2017

Apprenticeship funding changes planningThe government has set a target of recruiting 3 million Apprentices by the year 2020. The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, due to start in April 2017, will support this initiative. However not all employers will be affected in the same way.

Are you in the know?
Research by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in association with Middlesex University says that over a third of businesses have not heard of the Apprenticeship funding changes coming into effect in April 2017.

How do I find out about the funding changes?
At ATG Training we have been delivering Apprenticeship training since 1967 in an ever changing Government policy landscape. As a result of this experience, we are perfectly placed to help you navigate this new environment. We can provide you with comprehensive, impartial advice and guidance on how best to optimise the benefits and opportunities this new funding regime will bring.

Example of what you will pay

Example 1: an employer who would pay the levy
An employer with an annual pay bill of £5,000,000:

  • levy sum: 0.5% x £5,000,000 = £25,000
    subtracting levy allowance: £25,000 – £15,000 = £10,000 annual levy payment

Example 2: an employer who would not have to pay the levyImportant planning meeting

Level Three Engineering Apprenticeship

Cost of training over 42 months £9,000

  • Your share – 10% £21.42 each month
  • Government share – 90% £192.86 each month

Level Two Business Administration Apprenticeship

Cost of training over 12 months £2,000

  • Your share – 10% £13.00 each month
  • Government share – 90% £120.00 each month
  • Final month – Your share £53.00
  • Final month – Government share £484.00

Use the indicative online tool for employers to estimate your contribution, begin to plan your training requirements, and estimate your financial spending.

What next?

If you have any questions or need further information please call us on 01296 737800 01296 737800 or email info@atg-training.co.uk


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ATG first Cytech technical e-bike course – a resounding success

ATG Training in partnership with ACT have launched the Cytech technical e-bike course. On 23rd of May ATG’s first e-bike course took place and was an informative and enjoyable experience for those attending and trainers alike.

What was covered?

The Cytech technical e-bike course is designed to be a comprehensive look at e-bikes. ATG Training has worked closely with ACT to develop course content that covers basic electrical theory, terminology and safe working practices when dealing with batteries and electrical units developing understanding of wiring diagrams, muti meter uses, soldering iron and electrical crimps. The main focus on the course held at ATG Training offices in Aylesbury provided a guide to the best practice for installing electrical connectors, removal and installation of components, diagnostics, testing and fault finding of components. Over the 4 days ATG Trainer Jules Thrasher introduced the use of intelligent diagnostic systems, understanding and working to the legal standards and being able to differentiate between types approved and non- type approved e-bikes, communicating service work competed to the customer and test rides of the bikes illustrated below.

1st Cytech technical e-bike course rideout

The course was a great experience for all involved
Will Davies who attended the course said…
“I was excited to be part of the first Cytech technical e-bike course at ATG Training in Aylesbury. I found the course to be well organised and the tuition very helpful. 

The course covered a diverse range of skills and it explained the workings and maintenance of e-bikes in a clear and structured manner.

As the e-bike market will grow rapidly over the coming years I highly recommend this course to any mechanic seeking to extend their skills and qualifications.”

Will Davis

The Cytech technical e-bike course is aimed at bicycle dealers who are looking to stock e-bikes, sales staff and mechanics who will be expected to sell/work on them.

For more information call ATG Training on 01296 674995 or visit the webpage





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ATG Training joins Activate Learning group

Future Centre in summer_cleanThe Trustees of ATG Training announced that the organisation will become part of Activate Learning group.

ATG Training was formed in 1967 to provide young people with work and training opportunities in partnership with local engineering and manufacturing businesses. It now supports more than 400 apprentices each year in engineering and business services. It is also the UK’s leading provider of professional cycle mechanic training from sites in Aylesbury, Stafford and London.

Activate Learning is a pioneering education group that brings together secondary, further and higher education. This includes four secondary schools, a multi-site further education college, apprenticeships and commercial training services.

ATG Training CEO Jon Adams said: “We’re delighted to make this announcement. This move will enable ATG Training to broaden its offer to learners and employers and help us to reach more businesses than ever before.”

Activate Learning CEO Sally Dicketts said: “I am delighted to welcome ATG Training into Activate Learning, and to build on the partnership we already have. Our joint commitment to quality can only strengthen the service we provide to learners and business clients.”

We look forward to continuing our relationship with your organisation and we hope this move will enable us to support you better than ever before.

In addition to this letter to you, we will also be contacting all of our learners to inform them of this change. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact myself or a member of the ATG Training team.


Yours sincerely

Jon Adams, CEO ATG Training

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Learn from the professionals how to maintain your bike and stay safe

With Spring just around the corner and the fading memory of those chilling winter winds and downpours your thoughts could be turning to the appealing prospect of a scenic ride though the countryside with your family. You might even be riding your bike as part of a fitness programme getting ready for those summer holidays or considering doing a charity ride.Family cycling in spring.jpg

Whatever your motivation, it may be a long time since you tinkered with your bike preparing it for the road or trail, or heaven forbid, suffered a ‘mechanical’ as the professional riders call them, whilst enjoying a ride out miles from home. So without the support of a team car full of trained mechanics to call on, what are your options?

Well fortunately, there are facilities where the professional bicycle mechanics go to learn their skills and gain professional accreditation. These facility at ATG Training are now available to you. On a training programme in the fully equipped workshop you can learn the art of maintaining your bike from the people who train the UK’s professional cycle mechanics. The Home Mechanic training is an accredited short course which is designed to give bike enthusiasts a good level of mechanical ability covering a comprehensive range of cycle maintenance areas. It’s a two day course, led by an experienced instructor who will guide you through a varied mix of demonstrations and practical exercises.

The Cytech Home Mechanic course is packed with skills training, which might seem like a lot to get through but as the largest provider of cycle maintenance training in the country, we have the expertise to make it fun and effective! Our professionally-equipped workshops provide an ideal environment for you to learn to be able to maintain your own pride and joy!

Completing this course will give you the confidence to carry out repairs and servicing that would otherwise be handled by a local bike shop, but will also teach you when a task should be carried out by a trained technician. If you attend the course you will cover areas of bicycle repair and maintenance that can be completed outside of a bicycle workshop, either at home or when riding, using a basic tool kit. It is meant as a starting block if you are unfamiliar with cycle repair to be able to tackle basic jobs and know which jobs would be better performed by a qualified technician. It also provides you with an understanding of the terminology, trouble shooting, set-up and adjustment of a bicycle, what parts are most likely to need regular replacement and how to care for the bicycle for optimal performance and reliable cycling.

Why not take advantage of the unique ATG Training facility by booking a Cytech accredited Home Mechanic training course. They are available all year round and some even run on weekends too.

To find out more visit www.atg-training.co.uk/homemechanic or call 01296 737800 info@atg-training.co.uk

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Britain should take pride in its Engineering

The Duke of Edinburgh hit the nail on the head when he said: “Everything not invented by God is invented by an engineer.” The Duke, who chairs the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, added that engineering had lifted Britain out of poverty after the Second World War, and offers hope for the future on an increasingly crowded planet.

Queen_Elizabeth_Pr_3539422bThe 94 year old Prince pictured talking to guests at the reception for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace has said that ‘everything that wasn’t invented by God was invented by an Engineer’.

He said they would decide how a booming global population could be accommodated while protecting the natural environment.

ATG Training offer Engineering Apprenticeships and have opportunities for a January start. There is still time to apply for http://atgapprenticeships.com/



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Get an Apprenticeship with ATG Training

ATG Training work with a range of local employers who regularly recruit apprentices. ToATG_apprentices_141014 find out how to join their high-performing teams come to our open day on Saturday 16th May.

We are recruiting for many employers including

Come to or Open Day

Saturday 16th May 11am to 3pm

We can help you succeed!

At the open day you will be able to read the full role descriptions and get information on the training to be provided.

We will help you to tailor your CV and covering letter and show you how to apply for the vacancies you are most interested in.

ATG Training, Smeaton Close, Aylesbury. HP19 8SZ

info@atg-training.co.uk 01296 737800



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Engineers show overwhelming support for the UK

As political leaders debate about the potential for referendum on the UK’s membership of ATG_engineering_290514the EU, a survey of 2000 members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers shows overwhelming support for the UK staying in the EU.

Of the engineers that were surveyed, 72% said they wanted the UK to remain in the EU. If the UK did leave the EU, 59% of said this would make recruiting engineering employees from the EU harder, 68% said that the UK would be less attractive to global manufacturers and 71% said it would hamper trade within EU markets.

But there was some criticism for the current system with 67% saying that the EU needs to work harder to support UK manufacturers and 77% saying that Brussels is excessively bureaucratic.

Philippa Oldham, head of manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “While our members overwhelmingly support the UK staying in the European Union, these survey results do suggest that engineers want to see change from the EU.

“Our members seem clear that to leave the EU would hamper our manufacturing sector by impeding trade markets. Our engineers want to see the EU provide more support for UK manufacturers and an end to the complicated bureaucracy of Brussels.

“There is a clear need for the European Union to work in a more integrated way, with better communication and collaboration between Commissioners, Directorates General and Member States. This will help ensure there isn’t excessive or duplicate policy development to hamper business.

“It is vital that new policies and regulations are analysed for the benefit to companies and that provisions are put in place to ensure these regulations do not deter or impede SMEs and start-ups.”

The survey of 2000 UK members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers was carried out in April 2015.

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