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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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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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 or contact our knowlegeable and friendly team on 0845 873 8440 or email

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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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NEBOSH Health and Safety Certificate Courses

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Practical, professional and tailor-made, our NEBOSH Health and Safety Certificate Courses will fit your needs just perfectly.  

ATG Training offer a comprehensive range of certified and non-certified courses aimed at helping organisations be healthy, legal and boost their performance.  

These are accredited and certified by:




Available in Manchester and Aylesbury, the NEBOSH courses can also be delivered anywhere in the UK at your premises. (subject to delegate numbers)

High Pass rates across all courses Contact us now for special offers

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