Training Provider Embraces Apprenticeship Reforms

Date: 12/12/2017
Author: Approved Training Ltd
Company: Approved Training Ltd

A new training provider with a training centre in Heywood has embraced the Apprenticeship reforms and proven that change really does create new opportunities.

Paul Blackshaw, Managing Director of Approved Training Ltd (ATL) is providing employers with fully integrated recruitment and training solutions that really make a difference.

Paul explains: Above all else, employers want apprentices with the right attitude and behaviour before they invest in developing technical skills and knowledge. Achieving a qualification is fine, but that doesn’t necessarily make a loyal and productive employee. Here at ATL, we take the time to understand what employers want and prioritise this over the qualification, thereby ensuring our students and employer partners enjoy the best possible success.”

ATL has worked extensively with Met-Excel Ltd, a growing construction company specialising in Interior Systems and Dry Lining. Company Director, Simon Hill, is delighted that ATL has fully understood the training needs of his current and future workforce and says “The skills shortage in the industry can be addressed if businesses invest in training local young people. I’m pleased to say, with the help and support of ATL, my business and the local community have really benefitted.”

By combining training and employer expertise, Paul and Simon were able to jointly develop a model of Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship training to enable Met-Excel to successfully employ 20 highly motivated Apprentices. A phenomenal undertaking for a company that previously employed only 15 staff with a team of 60 sub-contractors!!

ATL develop and deploy comprehensive packages of pre-employment training tailored to the specific employer job role and aligned to the individual needs of young inexperienced people. Initially delivered as a Traineeship, the programme comprises five weeks of work preparation training at a dedicated centre before six further weeks of work experience on a construction site. The experience is invaluable and this was recently recognised by the mother of one trainee who said: “ATL saw the potential in my son and have been able to motivate him to have the confidence that employers are looking for. They identified the strengths and gaps in his learning and devised a training programme to meet his needs. Applying the right amount of pressure, they kept him motivated to gain an understanding of full time employment. My son has benefitted 100% from attending ATL and I would recommend this to any young person. I really appreciate what ATL have done for my son and his future is looking far brighter now.”

Paul now wishes to repeat this success with other employers and asks anyone interested to contact him at     

Simon Hill (left of centre) and Paul Blackshaw (right of centre) with four construction trainees.