Cycle Systems Academy and ATG Training are looking at ways to bring Cycle Systems' training in line with the Cytech suite of qualifications. The move would mean that more mechanics in London will be able to take advantage of Government funding that is available through the ATG.
A formal partnership has yet to be agreed, so for mechanics seeking Cytech accredited training, ATG Training – through its link with the ACT/ActSmart – should remain the first port of call.
At present only ATG can offer Cytech and Governement subsidy to reduce the cost of training and accreditation to the industry.
The potential move mirrors both firms drive to help develop the skills of mechanics in the bike industry.
Both companies are aiming to offer the trade and non-trade a unified course of study at Cycle Systems Academy using ATG Training, so students can access funding from the Government towards course costs. The news follows reports that there is a lack of qualified mechanics in the cycle industry.
Sean Lally, Cycle Systems director, told BikeBiz: “The breaking news for 2010 is that Cycle Systems Academy is planning to partner ATG Training to provide trade and non-trade cycle mechanic training to the UK with a unified syllabus.
“Cycle Systems Academy is planning to provide a new location for students to pursue a Cytech level 1, 2 or 3 qualification in London and through ATG Training, can access Government funding to contribute to course costs. We’ll announce more information on that soon.”
Cycle Systems has announced that it will be teaming up with another company in the trade to offer a professional cycle fitting service, in conjunction with Progress Cycles, Cycle Systems.
Run by Ronan Descy, who is SICI certified in bike fitting, the service will offer fitting on either the cyclist’s own bike or a jig, as well as offering custom bike builds and bespoke frame design. Lalley said: “We believe Ronan is at the top of his game and are very excited to work with him.”
The Cycle Systems boss praised bike trade companies that are backing the training organisation: “Our tool sponsors Pedro’s and Cyclo have been selling considerable amounts of tools to graduates, who are keen to equip themselves with all the necessary kit. Also we have sold quite a number of the new Bontanger Pro-Wrench foldable workstands, supplied by Trek. Other sponsors, like Hope, Continental, Campagnolo and SRAM, are regularly selling product to students building up new bikes for themselves during training.
“Our considerable media presence has also helped publicise our sponsors’ brands, and we continue to develop mutually beneficial relationships with high quality companies within the cycle trade. Again, to all of our fantastic sponsors, a large thank you from us all here.”