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TRAINING Top of the class

So you’re a forward thinking business in the bicycle trade and you take training seriously? So do these companies. Jonathon Harker compiles the options…


VELOTECH CYCLING has come a long way since being launch in 2008. Building on foundations put in place

during CyTech’s creation as it is today in 2003/4, and on the work done by Jeff Beech at Weldtite in 2005/6, Velotech Cycling now offers a modular, step-by- step route to a manufacturer-led accreditation which fulfills the knowledge, competence and skill requirements of a Level 3 accreditation under the National Qualification Framework. Graeme Freestone King, head trainer and MD, bought out Weldtite’s interest two years ago, but a close relationship still exists, with Velotech using Cyclo tools and assisting in the development of new ones.

Cytech and ATG Training

CYTECH TRAINING popularity continues and it has been another busy year with independent bike dealers improving the skills and knowledge of their teams through Cytech qualification route. In 2013 another 500 cycle mechanics attended one of the vocational training courses delivered by ATG Training and achieved certificated recognition. With fully equipped training workshops

in three strategically located areas – London, Aylesbury and Stafford – ATG Training has over the years developed and enhanced the Cytech course programme in line with the industry requirements.

Cycle Systems Academy

IF YOU work in the bike industry Cycle Systems Academy can claim government subsidies for your training, no matter what your age or previous qualifications. Cycle Systems Academy continues to train Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Diploma courses at its state-of-the-art facility in London. As an approved centre for EAL qualifications, both courses are QCF (Qualification Credit Framework) approved and internationally recognised. Head to CSA’s new website for syllabus details to find out which VRQ course best suits you. If your shop staff are competent but not qualified, you can alternatively


enrol them on an NVQ assessment course. This is delivered in-store and means the staff are assessed on real world work, so they will not be taken away from their role whilst completing the course. Subsidies are available. Retailers may want an apprenticeship

for new or current staff. If you are interested in this funded route, and to take advantage of the government benefits of apprenticeships, get in touch with CSA for details. Other news is that CSA is also

launching an E Learning programme from January. CSA will be complementing this with a tech blog on CSA director Sean Lally will continue to host a tech podcast with Velocast's John Galloway.

BIKEBIZ JANUARY 67 The latter stages of the Velotech

mechanics’ accreditation, dubbed “Platinum Plus”, are developed hand-in- hand with the manufacturers and courses are approved and supported by the manufacturers. The best known are the Campagnolo ProShop modules, but there are several other modules running and in development. The entry stages of the accreditation can be followed at Velotech’s training base in Staffordshire, or at a number of partner workshops. The partners all have trainers trained and assessed by Velotech and the workshops are subject to strict basic standards in facilities and tooling. Their work with candidates is audited annually to maintain quality and to ensure transferability from one partner to another – so a Bronze

accreditation gained at the National Outdoor Centre at Glenmore Lodge in Scotland will have covered the same material in the same depth, and will have been assessed in the same way and to the same standards as a Bronze accreditation at Cycle Training Wales, for instance. Freestone King says: “It’s easy to get caught up in the instruction and assessment elements of offering an accreditation and to lose sight of the practicalities, if you aren’t doing the job on a daily basis. Having partners of this type across the UK makes the course accessible and practicable – it gives all candidates a good feel for the realities of working with your hands on bicycles.”, or call phone 07802 758 469

This is a particular point of difference

that ATG Training specialises in, given its 46 year history of being an employer and demand-led training provider. During that time the registered not-for-profit charity has grown in partnership with ACT, Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service, to become the largest provider of cycle maintenance training in the country. ATG’s Cytech Technical trainers and assessors deliver training that meets the industry’s highest standards. This is backed up the awarding bodies’ audits and highly positive feedback comments from attendees. ATG Training also has close

relationships with the world’s component manufacturers and distributors. Head to or call 0845 873 8440

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