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

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It’s Day 3 of National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

If you haven’t already logged on to our website,, 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
  • 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?

Search for training?

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Free impartial career information advice and guidance

Do you need objective and impartial career advice? 

Are you interested in pursuing a career in one of the
following industry sectors:

Business and Administration
Children’s Care, Learning and Development
Customer Service and Retail
Cycle Maintenance
Electrical Installation
Management (including Team Leading)
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
IT User and IT Practitioner
Warehousing and Storage Operations
Then call us on 01296 737800 or e-mail:

You can also drop in to one of the free sessions which run regularly.

Wednesday Dec 8th 2.30-4.30
Wednesday Jan 12th 2.30-4.30
Wednesday Jan 19th 2.00-5.00pm

We look forward to helping you in your chosen career.

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Information and Advice Drop-in Session

Information and Advice Drop-in Session

Future Centre

Future Centre

Thursday 25th November 2010
2.30pm to 4.30pm

ATG Training, Future Centre, Smeaton Close, Aylesbury, HP19 8SZ

Get free, objective and impartial career advice from our Learner Support Team.

For anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in one of the following industry sectors:

• Business and Administration
• Children’s Care, Learning and Development
• Customer Service and Retail
• Cycle Maintenance
• Electrical Installation
• Management (including Team Leading)
• Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
• IT User and IT Practitioner
• Warehousing and Storage Operations

Call us on 01296 737800 or e-mail:

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We offer a FUN, yet VALUABLE learning experience for those looking to get a jump start in their career.

Stop by ANYTIME at the Future Centre between 2 and 6 p.m., to learn more about our apprenticeships and other offerings.

Tutors, students, and the Learner Support team will be available to answer any questions you may have.

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You can also call 01296 737800 or email

Future Centre

Future Centre

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University system under the spotlight

Stephen Smyth Marketing ManWith the University system currently under the spotlight, now is a timely moment to consider the alternatives. 

Whilst a University education may be the pinnacle for a student, the financial burden on their career in its formative years is such that often the social elements of home and health can suffer. I can speak from experience: I have four children, two of whom are at University and the other two about to embark on their studies.  The bank of Mum and Dad are under severe strain.

However, had these young people chosen the alternative route of an apprenticeship (as did a friend of my daughter), within six months they could have a qualification, including a technical certificate. Not only that, but help in finding a job, where they could continue their training and earn a salary. So instead of running up a debt, they would be earning a salary whilst training and gaining experience.

With around 40% of school leavers attending a University degree course, one has to muse if this is too many, when an apprenticeship offers such an attractive alternative for those minded to have a career where they use their dexterity and skill to manufacture and create something.

I’m not suggesting that one solution fits all. However thinking of my daughter’s situation makes me wince.

Her good friend at school decided to take an Engineering Apprenticeship and started her course with ATG Training in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. My daughter took up a place at Canterbury Christ Church reading English.

Five years later, Jenny is now studying for her Masters Degree and still running up costs with no immediate prospect of paying back those costs.  Meanwhile, Sophie has been at work for five years at a science and technology company, is a star employee and has an income that allows her to have a lifestyle with her own home and car.

Who has made the right decision? Well, both have for their own particular needs. However, this type of information is not at the forefront of young people’s minds when they are faced with decisions at a critical time in their lives. They are not advised by schools and are not really ready for the responsibility that level of decision generates.  

Career Education is the key to help young people and this should start in their early teens.

Stephen Smyth

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Mark Paxton IT Apprentice

Mark Paxton may only be 17 years old, but he’s already begun his career in IT. His secret? Obtaining a National Vocational Qualification (NQV) Level 2 for IT Practitioners from ATG Training.

When were you an apprentice at ATG?
I started my apprenticeship in September 2009, and it finished at the start of January 2010.

Which apprenticeship did you take?
ICT. I had been interested in ICT for quite a few years before I looked at ATG.

What made you want to take part in ATG’s program?
ATG offered to get me an interview and help get me a job during and after the course.

Is it safe to say the followed through on those offerings?
Yes, ATG helped me prepare for my interview and helped me write my CV. I was offered an interview with ABS Ltd in November 2009, approximately half way through my course, and following that they offered me a placement the week before Christmas. After my placement, (ABS) offered me the job and Level 3 course.

Did you attend an ATG Open Day prior to apprenticeship?
Yes, I was shown around and explained what ATG is and what they do. The most important thing I learned at the Open Day was what the ICT course was all about (what it consisted of and what was required). Based on the visit, I wanted to join ATG because of the short course and the offer of helping me get a job.

What certification did ATG help you obtain?
NVQ Level 2 for IT Practitioners

What was your favourite part about the ATG apprenticeship?
The course was short and expanded my knowledge a lot. I learned General ICT software, hardware troubleshooting and repairing, and customer support.

What did you like most about ATG in general?
I met a few new friends, and the tutors were always happy to help and have a laugh.

You’re now with ABS Ltd. When did you start working there?
I started at ABS Ltd on 4th January 2010, following my weeks placement in December.

What is your position, and what are your duties in this new role?
I’m a Support Technician. I provide software and hardware to support to customers and monitor servers.

Do you think you would have been able to obtain your current position without help from ATG?
No, I would not have known about the position without the help of ATG, as ABS recruits directly from ATG.

Would you recommend ATG to others?
Yep, it’s definitely worth the time, and you will meet new people whilst getting the qualification.

For further information about our apprenticeships, contact 01296 737800 or

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