As reported at the Global ATS Seminar in September 2019, Global ATS has been involved with the ATCO Apprenticeship from the very start, as a member of the trailblazer right through its development and creation. More recently we have been working hard to support the UK ATC industry by putting in place the significant resource and structure to enable Global ATS to successfully register as a provider of Apprenticeship Training for the ATCO Apprenticeship.

Following industry feedback received during 2019, Global ATS made the decision that, rather than register as Support Training Provider (STP) of Apprenticeships, we would apply to become registered as a Main Training Provider (MTP). Whilst this approach involves significantly more work for Global ATS, it will benefit our customers and better support the UK ATC industry. Significantly, as an MTP, the number of apprentices training at Global ATS will not be capped meaning that every qualifying ATC unit will be able to access government funding (As an STP the number of available apprenticeship programmes at Global ATS in any financial year would have been capped at approximately 25). Additionally, we will support the apprentice and their employer during the induction and assessment phase, throughout the initial training and then onwards to the completion of the apprenticeship journey, ensuring smooth transition through to gateway and End Point Assessment (EPA). This will result in far less administration burden for the employer; Global ATS will deal directly with the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), meet all of the government reporting requirements and will administer all of the requisite progress stages culminating in the booking and coordination of the EPA. Global ATS will also be able to provide advice and guidance on ATCO Apprenticeship matters to all our customers.

Global ATS is keen to stress that this programme remains firmly on track. Currently, we have a team of external consultants supporting our application preparation and, contrary to recent reports, have not suffered any setbacks in this process. Global ATS will soon submit their application to register and expect to be able to communicate successful registration as an Approved Provider of Apprenticeship Training between June and September 2020.

As soon as we have any news regarding our Apprenticeship application, including pricing, start dates and the detail of the programme, we will ensure that this is communicated promptly. Please follow Global ATS on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn to ensure that you receive the latest information and news regarding this exciting development for ATC training.

In the meantime, if you require any information regarding the ATCO Apprenticeship scheme, or any other ATC training requirement that Global ATS can assist with, please contact the Academy Director, Andy Cameron on 01452 715630 or andy.cameron@global-ats.com.

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