ATG moves to bridge skills gap with apprenticeship venture
20 July 2012
The UK's largest independent automation and control company, Automated Technology Group (ATG) has launched its own apprenticeship scheme - the 'Autotech Academy'.
The new 'Autotech Academy' will provide skilled and qualified engineers for the company and its subsidiaries, which have projects currently underway in a variety of sectors, from automotive to power generation.
ATG CEO Andy Robinson (pictured) says that with the current manufacturing boom in the UK, his company cannot recruit sufficient staff of the right calibre through the traditional channels. As a result, ATG has expanded its previous informal training programmes into a structured academy in order to fast-track both school leavers and graduates.
"We're aiming to take on some 20 apprentices before the end of this year," he says. "The young people will gain nationally recognised qualifications and transferable skills, while earning a proper salary. It's a win-win solution."
The Advanced Apprenticeships, Higher Apprenticeships and Graduate Programme offered by the Autotech Academy are being delivered in association with Semta, the government-licensed Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies. Through a combination of on-the-job training and technical learning, apprentices will acquire the skills, knowledge and confidence required for a successful career in engineering.
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