3rd December 2012 -

ATG active in raising the skills agenda

21 apprenticesExecutives from Automated Technology Group – led by Andy Robinson, CEO, and Nick Rance, Human Resources Development Manager – have been working hard in recent months to raise awareness of the skills gap faced by Britain’s engineering sector.

Working in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Automotive Skills Council, the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA), Gambica (the body representing companies in the UK instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology sector), the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) and other organisations, ATG has been helping to raise the skills agenda within UK government.

Commented Andy Robinson, “In order for ATG to continue to be successful, we must develop talented and ambitious controls engineers. In establishing the Autotech Academy earlier this year and recruiting our first cohort of 21 apprentices, we have significantly upped our game when compared to the handful of apprentices we have taken on previously. This has certainly been noticed and various organisations and individuals are now asking for our input.”

The activities ATG has become involved in with regard to the skills issue are varied. For example, Andy Robinson has been invited by Baroness Margaret Wall to speak in the House of Lords to a skills conference. Meanwhile, Nick Rance has been asked to contribute to a new ‘best practice’ textbook concerning apprenticeships. In addition, the forthcoming issue of ‘The Manufacturer’ magazine will include a feature on ATG’s action to bridge the skills gap.

Concludes Andy Robinson, “We’re always delighted to be asked to share our experience in the field of human resources because I firmly believe that the quality and dedication of our staff plays a huge factor in our success.”