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17 Jan 2022

Thereis now less than three months until all VAT-registered retailers are required to submit quarterly VAT updates and annual returns via the government's Making Tax Digital (MTD) system....

11 Jan 2022

Applicationsfor the Government's latest additional incentive payment of £3,000 opentoday (11 January 2022) for employers who have hired an apprentice(s) over the winter.

11 Jan 2022

Following an increase in counterfeit notes, the "Know your Scottish Polymer £50 notes" document assists retailers in determining whether the Polymer Scottish£50 notes they receive...

11 Jan 2022

The Greeting Card Association (GCA) have created the 2022 Valentines DayToolkit full of resources to help retailers promote Valentine's Day in their stores and online.

6 Jan 2022

Research shows 45% of people are unwilling to use a bike if there is no secure parking at their destination. HUDJO fixes this problem by encouragingcyclists to hop on their bike and cycle...

6 Jan 2022

A rising demand for retail property to be used for leisure and hospitality businesses has given "renewed optimism" for some UK high streets and shopping districts, according to industry...

5 Jan 2022

Maybe* have rounded up the best social media posts of 2021 so you can take those lesson into 2022 and hit the ground running!

5 Jan 2022

This year will bring everything expected at iceBike* but in a digital format in a whole month of content from Monday 21st February all the way through to Friday 18th March.

16 Dec 2021

As a member of the cycling trade we want your opinion on what date Local Bike Shop Day should fall within the May Bank Holiday, and how you'd like to celebrate it!

16 Dec 2021

You can be a HUDJO host by using any existing secure space on your business premises. By keeping bikes secure you generate additional income and give people more reason to visit you.

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Apprenticeship funding changes and bigger discounts for ACT members

Posted on in Cycles News

With the recent changes to apprenticeship funding, it can now cost even less to take on an apprentice.

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.

There have been significant changes to the way apprenticeship funding works, including the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and more support for smaller employers.

Larger employers (with an annual wage bill of over £3 million) are now required to pay 0.5% of their wage bill into a levy to be used towards funding apprenticeships.

Smaller employees, (with an annual wage bill under £3 million), do not have to pay a levy. They also benefit from additional funding, paying just 10% of apprenticeship costs, while the Government pays 90%.

ATG Training, provider of Cytech cycle maintenance apprenticeships, have been able to restructure the price of their apprenticeship programme thanks to the changes in government funding.

Putting an employee through the Intermediate Cycle Maintenance apprenticeship now costs just £500 in employer contributions, with a 20% discount for ACT members, making it just £400.

The Advanced Cycle Maintenance apprenticeship now costs just £995, with a 10% discount for ACT staff, at just £900.

Better still, companies with fewer than 50 employees that take on apprentices aged between 16 and 18 will have 100% of their training costs paid for.

ATG Training offers two apprenticeships for cycle mechanics:

  • Intermediate Cycle Maintenance - for working mechanics who want more training and qualifications under their belts. This includes a Cycle Maintenance Certificate, Cytech technical two training (including wheel building) and qualification, Cycle Maintenance NVQ2 and Keyskills Level 1 or 2.
  • Advanced Cycle Apprenticeship - for those who want more technical know-how after completing the standard apprenticeship. This includes the Diploma of Cycle Maintenance, Cytech technical three training and qualification, Cycle Maintenance NVQ3 and Keyskills at a minimum of Level 2.

To find out more click here, contact ATG Training on or call 01296 737 800.

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