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Apprenticeships are the proven way to train your workforce


Apprenticeships for employers

What is an apprenticeship?

A cycle maintenance apprenticeship is a work-based training programme for bike mechanics designed around the needs of the cycle trade that lead to nationally recognised qualifications, such as NVQ’s and Cytech accreditation.

We currently offer two apprenticeships in cycle maintenance – an intermediate (Level 2) and an advanced (Level 3), that take 12 and 18 months respectively, to complete.

Our cycle maintenance apprenticeships are the only training schemes available that include Cytech certification as part of the course. On completion, the apprentices become fully trained professional bike mechanics.

Why should my business hire an apprentice?

With the ever-increasing competition from rival shops, businesses and online stores, there is a fundamental need for better and more highly trained staff with the technical knowledge and required skillsets.  This leads to greatly improved levels of customer service within your business.

Well trained staff can do a wider range of tasks and take on new and greater responsibilities – this helps to increase productivity, reduce skill shortages and minimise staff turnover.

Your business can benefit from:

  • Cost effective, flexible staff development tailored to your business needs
  • Fully administered funding (subject to eligibility)
  • Delivery, assessment and administration all provided by the experienced training team

Who are they for?

Anyone – apprenticeships are not just for youngsters. You can use apprenticeships to train both new and existing members of staff. Whether you already have a member of staff in your business who wants to enhance their technical knowledge, or you’re looking to take on a new member of staff and give them the skills they need to thrive, an apprenticeship could be the right solution?

They benefit everyone – the apprentice gets valuable on-the-job training and recognised qualifications, your business gets engaged and loyal staff and are your customers are given the reassurance that their bikes are in safe hands.

Where do they take place?

Most of the training is on-the-job at your premises. The remainder is provided by us – a key part our apprenticeship programmes involve Cytech technical training where the apprentice will be expected to attend a block training course (either 6 or 10 days), at one of our training centres.

Facts in numbers

  • 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive
  • 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices
  • Employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice only pay their salary. The Government will fund most of their training
  • There are over 85,000 employers offering apprenticeships in more than 130,000 locations
  • 88% of employers who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
  • 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future
  • One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.


ATG Training offer an intermediate (Level 2) cycle maintenance apprenticeship and an advanced (Level 3) cycle maintenance apprenticeship.

Intermediate Cycle Maintenance Apprenticeship

Who is it for?

Anyone working as a cycle mechanic who wants to gain training and qualifications to use during their working life.

What is included?

  • Certificate of Cycle Maintenance (often referred to as a Technical Certificate, this is the specific, hands on training in Cycle Maintenance)
  • Cytech technical two training (including wheel building) and qualification
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Maintenance & Installation – Cycles pathway
  • Functional skills level 1 or 2.
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills

Advanced Cycle Maintenance Apprenticeship

Who is it for?

Cycle technicians that have completed the Intermediate Apprenticeship and want to increase their skills, technical knowledge and obtain a high level qualification.

What is included?

Diploma of Cycle Maintenance

Cytech technical three training and qualification

Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering – Cycles pathway

Functional skills at a minimum of level 2

What does it cost?

ATG Training is expert in securing funding to train apprentices. The training costs are heavily subsidised by funding from the government, together with, where applicable, an employer contribution. As your Training Provider, we will give you guidance on the funding available, which varies depending on the age and experience of the Apprentice and the size of your business or organisation. Where full government funding is not available, it is expected that the employer covers the cost of the remaining training fees, and not the apprentices themselves.

Help and advice

Our knowledgeable and friendly team will answer any questions. Just call the team on 01865 550324 or email cycles@activatelearning.ac.uk to discuss your apprenticeship needs.

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