UK Company Announces Apprenticeship Program
United Kingdom-based automation control company Automated Technology Group Ltd (ATG) is launching an engineering apprenticeship program this year. The apprenticeship program, Autotech Academy, will prepare its attendees to enter a career with ATG.
CEO Andy Robinson cites a lack of high-caliber engineer candidates currently in the market to be able to meet the demands of the manufacturing boom as the reason for the apprenticeship scheme.
“We have expanded our previous informal training programmes into a structured academy in order to fast-track both school leavers and graduates,” Robinson said. ATG intends to take on approximately 20 apprentices by the year end of 2012. Robinson expects the program will be beneficial for the company in being able to train its candidates in ATG-specific ways, and says apprentices will gain nationally recognized qualifications that are transferable.
ATG will offer three programs: The Advanced Apprenticeships, Higher Apprenticeships and Graduate Programme. In assuring governmental and educational standards compliance, ATG partners with Semta, the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies. As with most apprenticeships, each program will include both theoretical and knowledge-based learning as well as hands-on training and on-the-job experience.
Those apprentices who enter the program will work in both technical and administrative functions to gain a comprehensive grasp of modern industrial businesses.
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Nick Rance, human resources development manager, said this is an excellent time for people to join the thriving engineering sector, and that the skills gleaned through the ATG apprenticeship will provide a fast-track to a career with ATG.
ATG is based in Silsoe, Bedford and Birmingham, United Kingdom. For more information, please e-mail [email protected], or call 01582 400690.