Potential Apprentices To Get Help From New Search Tool

Young Britons looking to enter vocational training will have their quest for opportunities madeATG_youngperson_240513 easier by an online search facility that the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) is currently developing, FE Week has reported.

The announcement was made on Tuesday by Vic Grimes, NAS apprenticeship director for London and the South East. Addressing the audience at a training provider forum, Grimes said that the service would go live soon, offering a database of providers and available apprenticeships.

The search tool comes in response to the Holt Review conducted last year. Undertaken by entrepreneur Jason Holt, it made a number of recommendations designed to ease access to apprenticeships. Among those recommendations was the development of an online search facility allowing employers to find quality training providers. This was suggested as part of a broader aim to facilitate the entry of small companies to the apprenticeship arena. With a database of providers and opportunities readily available for search, young people considering the apprenticeship route will be greatly assisted in their undertaking.

Grimes went on to tell his audience that the government had “huge ambitions” with regard to apprenticeships. Last year the number of apprenticeship starts reached 500,000 and the goal is to have that lifted to 520,000 this year. The coalition is betting heavily on apprenticeships, putting them at the centre of its economic growth strategy. The plan is to support 3.8 million apprenticeships over the decade ahead, which is expected to deliver huge benefits to the UK economy. According to recent research, the gain will amount to £3.4 billion, Grimes pointed out.

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LSIS Seeks To Boost Uptake Of Disabled Apprentices

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) is in the midst of its latestATG Training Apprentice initiative aimed at encouraging employers and training providers to take on apprentices with disabilities. Acting in partnership with Remploy Employment Services, the LSIS is addressing issues through two workshops this week, one held on Monday and another scheduled for Thursday. Three other workshops on the subject were organised earlier this year and proved extremely successful. The LSIS will be closed on 31 July 2013 but Remploy, the specialist employment support services provider, is hoping to secure a sponsor and continue to deliver such workshops across the country.

The seminars focus on concerns that might discourage employers and training providers from recruiting apprentices with disabilities. A survey commissioned by the National Apprenticeship Service in 2011 identified some of those concerns. Remploy, which carried out the research, established that employers were often deterred from taking on disabled apprentices for fear of an overwhelming regulatory burden with regard to health and safety. Some were also concerned that the apprentices would drop out of the programme, which could affect the company’s business plans. Through these workshops, the LSIS and Remploy seek to address existing concerns by informing providers how to get extra support and funding for disabled apprentices, as well as increase the number of disabled learners in apprenticeship programmes by using employer engagement strategies.

Remploy business consultant Howard Nelson said the organisation was hoping to carry on the work started by the LSIS although the workshops may not be free in the future if a sponsor is not found. The success of the events organised so far has prompted Remploy to consider a national conference on disabled apprentices, which is scheduled to take place in September.

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New Report Stresses Importance Of Apprenticeships For Building Future Skills Base

In 2008, Cranfield School of Management and e-learning provider learndirect published aATG Training Apprentice at work report called “Nurturing Talent: building the workforce of the future.” Five years later they have taken another look at the situation, focusing on youth employment and the role of apprenticeships in the overall picture. The new report concludes that apprenticeships are vital for building a sustainable UK labour force and creating employment opportunities for more people. It also stresses the importance of stepping up efforts to promote the benefits of vocational training and of getting employers actively involved in such efforts.

The survey conducted by Cranfield School of Management established that 70% of employers had yet to act on the issue of tackling potential skill shortages in the next decade or two. Although many agree that apprenticeships can make a big contribution to addressing that problem, only 7% of respondents said they had encountered no problems with securing the right youngsters for positions that need filling. The survey found that 21% of employers had apprentices on their staff, with 32% in that group declaring that training programmes provided an effective way of dealing with the dearth of technical talent.

Dr Emma Parry, who wrote the report, pointed out that apprenticeships do more than just allow companies to solve their skills problem. The evidence suggests that having apprentices on board can boost employee morale, strengthen commitment and improve retention rates. It can also reduce recruitment costs and help a company establish a reputation as a good employer, Dr Parry said.

Stephen Smyth- Marketing Manager at ATG Training, welcomed the new report and pointed to the the Government committment to vocational training. Apprenticeship training is funded by Goverment and there is currently an incentive of up to £15,000 for employers who recruit new Apprentices Smyth continued.

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BAE’s Apprenticeship Intake Reaches Highest Level Since 2008

Over the course of this week, hundreds of events around England will pay tribute to apprenticeships and their invaluable contribution to the economy. Employers, training providers and apprentices are coming together to celebrate the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week, showcasing the importance and benefits of apprenticeships for all parties involved. One UK company that considers apprenticeships vital for its future is aerospace and defence giant BAE Systems, which has expanded its trainee recruitment programme this year by 60 positions, bringing the number of its UK engineering and business apprentices to 387.

This makes 2013 the biggest year for apprenticeship intake at BAE since 2008. Nearly 10% of the newly recruited trainees will undertake the five-year Higher Apprentice Programme, seizing an opportunity to combine hands-on training with free study for degree-level qualifications.

Apprentice training is at the heart of the company’s Skills 2020 programme, which reflects BAE’s commitment to securing the talent it needs to operate competitively and successfully in its home market until and beyond 2020. In the UK alone, BAE allocates about £80 million annually for educational activities, partnerships with training providers and development initiatives for its employees.

According to Nigel Whitehead, group managing director at BAE, the company’s ongoing commitment to its apprenticeship programme indicates the sustainable nature of BAE’s UK operations and the success it has achieved in shaping the future BAE workforce. The company offers its young recruits the chance to train on the job and pursue academic studies without the burden of fee-incurred debts. This combination has proved a powerful motivator for apprentices to remain part of the BAE family, Whitehead added.

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It is day 4 of National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

Today we are in Hale Leys Shopping centre discussing #apprenticeships with passers-by.

Future Centre

Future Centre

Last night the Government confirmed an incentive of a £1,500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds. More details are on our website www.atg-training.co.uk

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It’s Day 3 of National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

If you haven’t already logged on to our website, www.atgapprenticeships.com, and looked at the wide range of Apprenticeship vacancies we’re currently recruiting for, then do it now!

There are oportunities in fashion, marketing, gardening and manufacturing.

If you need any advice, call 0845 8949530 and we’ll be happy to help!

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It’s Day 2 of National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

CEO Ian Harper will be on the radio today discussing the current issues pertaining to apprenticeships. The following stations will carry the message.

  • BBC Radio Oxford
  • Big L
  • BBC Radio London
  • www.AdferoNews.com
  • Inspiration Fm
  • 106 JACK FM Oxfordshire
  • Represzent 107.3

If you are in the High Wycombe area, come and see us at the Job Centre Apprenticeship Fair being held in the AMF Bowling Centre from 2pm to 4pm this afternoon. We’ll be able to answer all your Apprenticeship-related questions and discuss our current vacancies with you.

See you there!

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“Hangout” with Google+ and YouTube

YouTube and Google have gone live with their “Google+ Hangout” feature.

The Hangout feature allows you to chat and share videos with your Circles. To do this:

• Search for the video you wish to share on YouTube
• Select “Share”
• Select “Start a Google+ Hangout”
• Share with your Circle

Searching for an Apprenticeship? www.atgapprenticeships.com

Search for training?

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Good employer engagement

Ian Harper - CEO ATG Training

Ian Harper

“It is vital to listen to employers and be able to adapt to their business needs. Commercial timescales can be unforgiving, so training programmes need to match them. The company needs to respond quickly when new opportunities present themselves, but it mustn’t sacrifice quality to get the business. However, it’s not enough to have responsive programmes. You must make sure that employers know what you are doing and are included in the success of their employees.”

Advice for others? “We used to assume that if we did a good job, businesses would use our training again. Stay in constant touch if you want repeat business.”

Ian Harper, Chief Executive of ATG Training


The good practice in detail

The recent inspection report praised ATG Training for its flexibility and responsiveness: “Programmes are flexible and effectively tailored to employers’ requirements. Cycle maintenance has excellent industrial links to major manufacturers, distributors, retail employers, and the awarding body, which provide learners with state-of-the-art materials and techniques and relevant, flexible qualifications. Childcare, retail and warehousing assessors accommodate shift patterns and business pressures well.” ‘Employer Journey’ provides a good overview of the company’s approach to employer engagement.

Providing accreditation for cycle mechanics with state-of-the-art equipment

Cytech training specialist

Mat Clark. ATG Training cycle mechanic training instructor

The ‘CYTECH’ programme was started by the Association of Cycle Traders, to provide a licence to practice for cycle mechanics. When they needed a partner to roll out the programme nationally, ATG Training  worked with them to integrate the certificate into a bespoke NVQ framework, providing funded accreditation and recognition for hundreds of otherwise-excluded learners all over the country.

Martin works in a specialist cycle shop in Salisbury and has a passion for bikes: “ATG Training  has really good equipment and the staff are very knowledgeable. I’m sure the CYTECH qualification and the NVQ will help my career”, he says. “I’ve learned such a lot on this course, and I’m determined to go on to Level 3 next.”

Matt - Cycle Apprentice

Matt - Cycle Apprentice

As the Business Development and Engagement Consultant for the Buckinghamshire Education Business Partnership, Vanessa King knows ATG well. She is impressed by their responsiveness and flexibility. “They listen to employers and adapt programmes to fit their needs”, she says. “They’re very flexible. Traditionally, when employers have asked us about apprenticeships, we have directed them to ATG because we know, from experience, that ATG will lead them through the process with clear explanations and minimum disruption. They make it easy for employees to gain a qualification.”

Training cycle mechanics for Tesco

Organising courses is straightforward when you control the timescale, but major employers like Tesco work to tight deadlines. ATG’s unique position within the cycle industry made it the first choice for Tesco when they needed training to start specialist cycle shops in their larger stores.

So, how did ATG change its way of working to meet Tesco’s needs?

Tescos cycles store

Tescos cycles store

“At Tesco, we are always looking for ways to serve our customers better”, says Vicky Wellings, the Technical Manager (Leisure). “The only choice we could offer for those purchasing a bike was a self-assembly option. We realised we needed to extend this offer, so we approached ATG to help us to train our staff to assemble bikes to the required safety standards. ATG staff are extremely flexible, helpful and friendly. They provided invaluable technical advice about setting up the courses which are delivered on our site. That is very important as our staff often have family responsibilities which would prevent them from staying away on a residential course. Sometimes our timescales are unpredictable and ATG Training change schedules to suit our commercial pressures. The staff enjoy their training and it’s enabled us to start our rolling programme to set up bike areas in some stores and separate bike shops in others. We now have a great choice for customers; self-assembly or assembly at our bike shops by fully trained staff.”

Dave Aimson

Dave Aimson

David Aimson manages the internal sales team at ATG Training. He is the link between Tesco and the cycle trainers. “Our bike team had plenty of experience of training people working in the bike industry, but this was different”, he says. “We had to start from scratch when no bike shops existed in Tesco. Previously they had sold boxed bikes, so our team had to advise on tools as well as training. ATG Training already had bike courses planned with students enrolled. Our staff were brilliant and with slight schedule changes and some overtime we met Tesco’s demand without detriment to any other customers.”

Flexible programmes that integrate employers’ specialist training

Apprenticeship models can seem rigid. It takes skill to make them fit for purpose for a specialist business. In 2007, a global manufacturer of medical electronics recruited the first cohort of engineering apprentices through ATG.

Engineering student

Engineering apprentice

The company’s second cohort has just begun an engineering apprenticeship with ATG Training. “ATG are so approachable, friendly and flexible”, says their training manager. “When I visit the Future Centre I’m welcomed as if I was part of the company. We enjoy visiting school careers days to get youngsters interested in the equipment. We know about our product, but we aren’t educationalists. In the past, most of our recruits were experienced adults. We needed a partner to help us to recruit, select and train young people, and ATG has made it easy for us.” Planning the programme was a learning curve for both partners. ATG added some key elements to the package, such as training in computer network systems, to ensure that learners got the right technical background. They also spoke to the awarding body to propose revisions to the framework to match current working practices.

The employer is particularly pleased about how the corporate training is integrated into the scheme of work. “We come into the centre every Friday to deliver specialist courses, such as bespoke Health and Safety, which means that apprentices can go out on site with their mentors as soon as they finish their six-week block.” He is proud of the new employees. “They have a fresh outlook and they’ve learned excellent skills. We had 160 applicants for 10 places this time, and we’re sure that ATG Training has selected the ‘cream of the crop’ for us!”

Extending the model to a wider remit

It can be challenging to tackle new subject areas, but this approach translates well into other provision. Whilst apprenticeships are mandatory for engineers, retail workers often have poor access to training. ATG’s new partnership with ‘Performance through People’ (PTP) provides opportunities for local supermarket workers. The inspection report recognised a strength in the way that the retail programme met the employer’s needs:  ATG Training meets employers’ needs very well (according to an Ofsted report).

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Only qualified candidates need apply for H&S jobs, says survey | shp

Only qualified candidates need apply for H&S jobs, says survey | shp.

Health & Safety – what a joke!
Q: When does a person decide to become a Safety Manager?
A: When he realises he doesn’t have the charisma to be an undertaker.
Ha Ha!
Health & Safety issues are often the butt of comedians jokes, with practitioners often derided.

But with the fines for falling foul of the Health & Safety Executive running into hundreds of thousands of pounds and disqualification from business, not to mention the effect on people’s lives, it is deadly serious matter.
But Health & Safety is just common sense isn’t it’?
Well not as far as the legislators are concerned, so why run the risk, when you can receive the NEBOSH, IOSH or CIEH accredited training from ATG.
NEBOSH National General Certificate
If you are looking to start a career in Health & Safety then the most recognised qualification to start with is the NEBOSH National General Certificate which is established as a leading award in basic Health and Safety. It has been designed to provide a sound breadth of underpinning knowledge to enable non-specialists to discharge more effectively their duties and functions in workplace Health and Safety. This 10-day programme involves over 87 hours of tutorial study, which is assessed by a combination of written examination papers and a practical assessment. A NEBOSH certificate is awarded on successful completion of the programme and examination papers.
By the end of the Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Effectively manage an organisation in safety management systems
  • Conduct risk assessments in the workplace
  • Understand the legal requirements for an organisation
  • Carry out accident investigation
  • Implement risk control strategies
  • Implement systems to manage specific hazard sources in the workplace

IOSH Managing Safely
If you want a career in Health and Safety there’s no better place to be than IOSH for employer and peer recognition. IOSH’s industry pedigree is second to none and their comprehensive approach to career development ensures that IOSH members are the most trusted and sought after people in the profession.
This Workshop aims to give practising and potential managers an introduction to the concept of safety and health in the workplace. It focuses on training the manager to apply sound management principles to safety and health issues as part of a total management strategy. This four day programme is followed by an examination and workplace project which counts towards the award of an IOSH Certificate.
By the end of the Workshop, participants will be able to:-

  • Effectively manage the organisation in safety management systems
  • Conduct Risk Assessments in the workplace
  • Understand fully the Legal requirements for the organisation
  • Carry out accident investigation
  • Implement Risk control strategies
  • Implement systems to manage specific hazard sources in the workplace

ATG Training also offer 1-day Health & Safety course in IOSH Working Safely, CIEH Risk Assessment, CIEH Manual Handling and more.
For further details please visit the ATG Training website www.atg-training.co.uk or contact our knowlegeable and friendly team on 0845 873 8440 or email training@atg-training.co.uk

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