UK Employers Remain Committed To Training Expenditure Despite Recession

Driven by their belief in the vital importance of training, UK employers have kept their training budgets more or less unchanged during the economic downturn, TrainingZone has reported, citing research conducted by Cardiff University and the Institute of Education at the University of London.

The research team analysed a body of survey data, establishing that training expenditure registered only a small decline in real terms between 2007 and 2009 and has held steady since then. In addition, interviews with managers from 52 enterprises showed that almost every one of them had maintained their commitment to sustaining training schemes. The findings of the study were published in the December issue of the Work, Employment and Society journal.

Among the data analysed were the results of the annual employer skills survey conducted by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. According to those results, the total amount spent on training purposes stood at £38.6 billion in 2007. Two years later, the figure was £39.2 billion. When inflation is factored in, this represents a slip of only 5%.

The research team also drew on information from the British Chambers of Commerce, more specifically its quarterly survey among 2,000 enterprises. According to the findings of that poll, the number of employers that stepped up their training expenditure from 2010 to mid-2011 exceeded that of employers reporting the opposite. Additionally, the CBI Industrial Trends survey provided an insight into expectations for the year ahead. Among the 5,000 companies participating in the survey, more were revealed as being positive about training investment than negative.

Stephen Smyth said:- ‘ATG Training have found that many of its clients have maintained their business through employing and developing Apprentices each year. The Government Grant which incentivises employers to recruit an Apprentice has also had a positive effect’

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Cycle Show 2012 Cycle Show 2012 – 28th-30th September 2012. NEC, Birmingham – Stand F60

The Cycle Show will return to the NEC, Birmingham on 28th – 30th September 2012 with a number of heavy-weight bike brands, such as Specialized, Trek and Madison, joining the line up from last year.

This year the show will host an array of new interactive features. After the show closes on Saturday, the action will move outside for a super criterium featuring an elite line up of international riders.

Running alongside the show on Sunday will be the last Tour Ride of the season – with a challenge and pro sportive. Inside the show, you’ll find a new MTB pump track, electric bike village, and a VIP lounge where you can meet pro riders, medallists and celebs. Visit www.cycleshow.co.uk for more information.

Whether you are looking for the latest innovations from specialist brands, wanting to try out a new bike or see the best riders compete, The Cycle Show offers an amazing day out for everyone.

Cytech Technical Advice Area Various demonstrations and Q&A sessions will be available from ATG training. Cytech experts will be provided for the duration of the show along with tool benches and demo bikes.

You’ll have the chance to learn skills that are essential in the world of bikes and discover the career possibilities if you became a Cytech qualified mechanic.

We look forward to seeing you at stand F60.

 

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Recruit a New Apprentice and claim £1,500 Government Grant

Apprentices deliver real value to businesses and there has never been a better time to recruit than now, when the Government are offering a £1,500 Grant to employers Apprenticeship Grant for Employerswho recruit new apprentices. 

As the employer you are able torecieve the first part of the Grant of £750 at the 8 week stage of the Apprenticeship, with the second £750 when the apprentice has completed 12 months of their Apprenticeship.

As you would expect there are some eligibility criteria to meet before you can take advantage of this Grant, however we will jump through the administration hoops for you. Call us on 0845 894 9530 for more information.

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We will be attending iceBike this week where we will be launching the Cytech Retail Skills Programme which has been specially developed for the outdoor and performance pursuits market where customers are more discerning than most and retail staff need to deliver top class customer service in order close a sale.

Cytech Retail Skills programme will also help staff develop the skills necessary to ensure that their shop is efficient, customer-focused and profitable.

All training is delivered at the place of work of the person who is learning the enhanced skills and delivered by our talented and experienced Cytech Training Officers. This is in order for the training to be specific to your business and take account of the daily working environment that is relevant to your company.

Cytech Retail Skills
A Retail Apprenticeship is the ideal qualification for all employees over the age of 16 working within a retail environment role such as sales advisors, customer service advisors, product experts and any similar roles.
This Level 2 Diploma in Retail Skills equips learners with the fundamental skills to operate efficiently in a retail environment, working effectively as part of a focused retail team. The units making up the Retail Apprenticeship programme include:
• Give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation
• Help customers choose products in a retail environment
• Provide information and advice to customers in a retail environment
• Work effectively in your retail team
• Understanding customer service in the retail sector
• Understanding the retail selling process
• Understanding how individuals and teams contribute to the effectiveness of a retail business
• Understanding how a retail business maintains health and safety on its premises
• Understanding security and loss prevention in a retail business
• Understanding the handling of customer payments in a retail business

The Apprenticeship is supported by Government funding and will provide recognised skills in the retail environment.  An employer contribution is required; however we work with employers to secure the maximum amount of funding available. Our friendly team is ready to answer any questions and help get a course started which will lay firm foundations for a future in retail.

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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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London Bike Show – Free Prize Draw Winners

The London Bike Show returned bigger and better than ever for its second year at the ExCel, London.

There was a much larger bike presence than the previous year, with the cycle’s area dominating a whole hall.

The ACT were at the show to promote WorkRiders, the new cycling to work programme, and ATG Training, ActSmart’s partner Cytech provider.

The ACT partnered with the London Bike Show to support the Cycling Stage which was host to Cytech demonstrations delivered by ATG Training, guest speakers and auctions throughout the four day show.

 
Cytech Technical Advice ActSmart’s runner up Partner of the Year 2011, and Cytech Training Providers, ATG Training were on hand at the Cycling Stage to offer technical advice and carry out demonstrations. The demos were a huge success with crowds gathering to learn about everything from preparing your bike for commuting to truing a wheel.

 After watching Cytech demos, visitors were glad to learn that it has never been easier to get qualified as a cycle mechanic, with Cytech Technical One Theory now available completely online, and until the end of February, with 50% off the price.

The interest in Cytech courses was evident through ATG’s prize draw to win home mechanic gear, with over 1000 entries received. 

Of all the completed entries received the first to be drawn by the independent adjudicator was:

Mr David Coxhead. Proprietor, Bristows Cycles

David wins the Wheel Truing stand 

Park Tools

Park Tools Wheel truing stand

Next to be drawn was:

Mr Robin Warr
from Greenich – London
Robin wins the Advanced Park Tools mechanic kit

Park Tools Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit

Park Tools Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to both Messrs Coxhead and Warr. 

If you have not won a prize don’t be sad, there is much to be gained from attending a Cytech course at one of ATG Training’s world class cycle workshops. Course dates and venues can be found here www.cycletraining.co

Thanks to all of you who entered.

 
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Ian Harper at the London Bike Show 2012

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ATG Training were at the London Bike Show between 12th and 15th January 2012. CEO Ian Harper took a few moments out from speaking to some of the 1,000+ visitors to the Cycle stage we shared with The Association of Cycle Traders, to share his knowledge and experience of the event. This short video will give you a flavour of what happened at Excel in London Docklands.

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Thank you

Welcome to ATG Training and thank you for visiting us today. If you are a new visitor, we hope you can find the information you are seeking. If your are a returning visitor you will notice a few changes to the site, which we hope you like. Over the coming weeks futher enhancements are due, so please come back from time to time to see the updates.

We now have dedicated sites for all the different markets. So those of you who have been following our cycle news, there is a new home for this at http://cycletraining.co/news/. Save this address to follow and contibute to the cycle industry.

We would love to hear your opinions so please use the feed back forms on the site to let us know what you think.

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Cycle Show

ATG Training Cycle Academy team field customer enquiries

The Cycle Show at Earls Court this year proved to be very busy for the  ATG Training Cycle Academy team.

Four days of full on customer facing enquiries where fielded, helping trade, press and customers gain a better understanding of the high quality cycle maintenance training that is available throughout the UK.The Fastest Wrench competition proved to be very popular and highly competitive, with some of the contestants having their efforts captured on video. You can see some of these on the ATG Training Cytech Facebook page.

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