As GCSE and A Level exam results come out, Thames Valley students have a Plan A through a higher apprenticeship from ATG Training

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As school leavers across the country receive their GCSE and A Level results this month, many will be delighted that their hard work and efforts have reaped the reward of excellent results. But with great success come difficult decisions – even those who know where they want to go in their career might not know the best path to choose to get there.

ATG Training Higher Apprenticeship
These apprenticeships are aimed at high achievers with grades A* to C in core subjects and the long-term prospects are excellent. If you are a talented young person looking for a fantastic career and are ready to start full-time paid employment.

Traditionally university was a natural step towards reaching the pinnacle of most vocations, but times have changed and ATG Training’s Plan A campaign aimed at Thames Valley Students, highlights the viable alternative of an Apprenticeship for high achievers to realise their ambitions.

With the average university student debt reaching £44,000, it is little wonder that many school and college leavers are considering their options when they receive their exam results. Being employed and earning a wage as you attain qualifications (which can be of degree level and above), gaining valuable work experience, and having the opportunity to prove your value to an employer are just some of the advantages to apprenticeships over university. ATG Training, a registered charity based in Aylesbury, provides a diverse range of training from its purpose-built site to apprentices employed by some of Thames Valley’s most prestigious companies and is keen to promote the benefits of apprenticeships for high achieving students.

These outstanding opportunities, traditionally paying well above the basic apprenticeship wage, inspired ATG Training to launch ‘Plan A’, a campaign aimed at bringing high achieving young people together with high-profile employers to look at an apprenticeship as an alternative to university. “As exam results some out, now is the time to consider the alternatives,” says Ian Harper, Chief Executive of ATG Training. “These apprenticeships are aimed at high achievers with grades A* to C in core subjects and the long-term prospects are excellent. If you are a talented young person looking for a fantastic career opportunity and are ready to start full-time paid employment, then we want to hear from you.”

Current vacancies include a three- year Mechanical Engineering with Airflow Developments Ltd, a thriving multi-million pound international, manufacturing and research group in the fields of fan design and air flow measurement, with its headquarters in High Wycombe. The position offers opportunities to travel within the UK and abroad on completion of training.

Dage Precision Industries Ltd is looking for an Electro/Mechanical Technician Apprentice. This is a three-year apprenticeship with a company that has a strong portfolio of award winning products for destructive and non-destructive mechanical testing and inspection of electronic components. It has an excellent, wholly owned distribution and support network of seven offices covering Europe, Japan, China, Singapore, and the USA, and maintains representative offices in other territories.

Leica Microsystems is a world leader in providing innovative microscopy, camera and software solutions for imaging and analysis of macro-, micro- and nanostructures. The company is offering a three-year Electronic Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship, based at their Newbury, Field Service Department.

For further details of these and other vacancies contact ATG Training on 0845 873 8440, or visit

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