There are many inspiring stories of women into engineering – Mala Rajput

June 12, 2015 ATG Apprenticeships - No Comments

Girls can make a good career from Engineering There are many inspiring stories of women into engineering, stories of women who reach those landmark feats but there also women who achieve their dreams in other ways, who are inspired by engineering itself. I am inspired by curiosity of how things work and hence my attraction to mechanical engineering and physics. It was a serendipitous moment 20 years ago, when I got my first job in an Engineering company that manufactured Springs of all shapes and sizes. I was employed as a specification and orders clerk. I spent more time on […]

CNC programming Apprentice tells his story

June 9, 2015 Stephen Smyth - No Comments

My name is Jake Cousins, I work for Gibbs Gears. My employer is a manufacturer and my role is CNC programming. How did you come to be an Apprentice? I had been looking since I left school, but I struggled to find one straight away, so did a year at college and when I finished that, I found the apprenticeship. My brother had done an apprenticeship – he is a bit older than me – so he guided me as to what I needed to know and what I should be looking for. What do you gain from an apprenticeship? […]

When considering what to do when you have finished your exams, what is on your list of next things to do?

May 28, 2015 Stephen Smyth - No Comments

  When considering what to do when you have finished your exams, enjoying the summer sunshine and holidays will be high on the list for many. But before packing your bags consideration needs to be made of the choices for your further education in September. Two educational routes are open, Academic and Vocational – University or Apprenticeship. Both are equally valid and both can lead to degree level qualifications. The difference is an Apprenticeship pays a salary whilst you learn and a University course does not. In relation to Apprenticeships, Britain’s most successful former Apprentices are worth £20 Billion between them. […]

‘I absolutely love my Apprenticeship’ – Says Georgia

March 10, 2015 Stephen Smyth - No Comments

  Georgia Lewicki who is a Business Administration Apprentice studying with ATG Training explains in this short podcast why she loves her Apprenticeship. She is working for Seelogic an  Aylesbury based company that builds and integrates Customer Relationship Management tools for businesses. Georgia says that, for her the Apprenticeship programme she is embarked on is a new start with the aim of gaining the qualification she has been seeking for some time. Georgia says: ‘I want to get more experience in the workplace. As well as learning, I’ll be gaining another qualification and I’ll be getting more knowledge. I absolutely love […]

Electronic Engineering Apprentice

December 23, 2014 Stephen Smyth - No Comments

Edward Hart – Safran Power Systems My Apprenticeship gives me the opportunity to expand my education, learn new skills and techniques as well as being employed in a good company. I plan to work my way up to a more responsible role in time. For more information on Electronic Engineering Apprenticeships please see:

Mechanical Engineering Apprentice – Martin Baker Aircraft Company

December 19, 2014 Stephen Smyth - No Comments

I chose to become a Mechanical Engineering Apprentice because I didn’t want to stay at school any longer and wanted to work and earn money, but still want to continue with my education. An Apprenticeship allows my to do both of these things. My Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship started with 8 weeks foundation at ATG Training. Following this I go to my employer where I’ll be studying for my BTEC & NVQ. My ambition is to continue learning whilst working towards and achieving an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. When I reach that level I intend to continue my studies and achieve a Master’s Degree, all […]

Choosing an Apprenticeship over University

December 15, 2014 Stephen Smyth - No Comments

An engineering Apprentice, Chun Yin Liu is a Field Service engineer with Buckinghamshire based technology firm RP Support. His work involves maintaining 3D machines in the Motorsport and Visual Effects industries. Chun Yin Liu chose an apprenticeship over going to University as it offers much more practical experience. Starting at BTEC level Chun is now studying at HNC. His ambition is to move into Engineering Design in the future.  

Buckinghamshire Engineering Apprentice discusses why he chose an Apprenticeship

December 7, 2014 ATG Apprenticeships - No Comments

Below is a video of one of our mechanical engineering apprentices, Marc Innes, explaining how he came to the process of choosing an engineering apprenticeship. Marc works for Nordson Dage in the Buckinghamshire area,  assembling and testing products as an electro mechanical technician. Marc discusses how he looked initially into getting a job as a Mechanical engineer and quickly realised that an apprenticeship would be the ideal compromise of learning whilst working.  Marc explains how that he learns most effectively by getting his hands dirty rather than learning from a piece of paper. If you would like to see more apprenticeship case studies […]

How to choose an apprenticeship

November 10, 2014 Stephen Smyth - No Comments

If you’ve already decided that university isn’t for you and you’d like to do an apprenticeship, what do you do next? How do you choose what apprenticeship to do? There are lots of factors to consider. What level of apprenticeship? There are different levels of apprenticeships available – for an overview of what these are and what they mean, take a look at our previous article, Apprenticeship Levels explained. What industry? The biggest decision to make is which industry area you want to go into. You might already have a good idea of what it is you want to do, […]

Buckinghamshire Going for Gold

November 6, 2014 Stephen Smyth - No Comments

Bucks Business First and Bucks Thames Valley LEP have joined forces with ATG Training, Aylesbury College, Amersham & Wycombe College and Bucks UTC to launch the “Going for Gold” initiative. Going for Gold aims to improve and showcase the quality of apprenticeships in Buckinghamshire. The key aim of this initiative is to set the gold standard for training being delivered in the region, assuring apprentices that they are getting the best possible training, and employers that their apprentices will have the right attitude and work ethic for their business. The establishment of a benchmark for gold standard Apprenticeships will help […]