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New partnership to strengthen skills in the region

A new partnership, announced today, is to strengthen skills in engineering and professional services in the region.

ATG Training, which supports more than 400 apprentices each year, has announced that it will join Activate Learning.

ATG Training was formed in 1967 to provide young people with work and training opportunities, in partnership with engineering and manufacturing businesses. Today it continues to provide apprenticeships in engineering and business services and is also the UK’s leading provider of professional cycle mechanic training. It has bases in Aylesbury, Stafford and London.

Jon Adams, Chief Executive Officer of ATG Training, will now also join the executive team at Activate Learning. He said: “We are delighted to announce that we are now part of Activate Learning. This move will enable ATG Training to broaden its offer to learners and employers and help us to reach more businesses than ever before.”

ATG’s specialisms in engineering will complement Activate Learning’s technology faculty, which includes the new Oxfordshire Centre for Technology, Innovation and Skills opening this September. This £8m facility, supported by the Local Enterprise Partnership, will provide a new home for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills development in the county.

Sally Dicketts, Group Chief Executive of Activate Learning, said: “ATG Training will be a valuable addition to our group. The company shares our ambition to improve the lives of local people through professional training, while meeting the skills needs of employers.

“ATG Training’s apprenticeship programmes will further expand the scope of our existing apprenticeship delivery via Activate Enterprise, which is already the largest provider in the Thames Valley. Together we can best identify skills needs in the region and develop the training that enables individuals and businesses to grow.”

Activate Learning comprises three further education colleges and apprenticeship and consultancy company, Activate Enterprise. The group is the lead sponsor for four schools – UTC Reading, UTC Oxfordshire, The Bicester School and Bicester Technology Studio, which opens in September.