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We are a specialist trades training company helping anyone from school leavers to adult career changers realise their ambitions to become skilled tradesmen. Whether it be a future in employment or to build up a business and gain independence, we have the courses, tutors and practical training facilities to turn those dreams into a reality.

A key part of that learning process is the ability to work ‘risk free’ in a PC-based virtual environment solving ‘real-world’ problems to hone diagnostic and practical skills. This leading edge technology recently won ‘double gold’ at the prestigious e-learning awards ahead of initiatives from the likes of British Airways, Jaguar Cars and the Open University.

We believe in delivering ‘best in class training’ both in terms of acquiring the underpinning theory as well as in gaining practical skills. Our training centres are state of the art and all our tutors are appropriately qualified and have served a minimum of 10 years ‘on the tools’.

We are long established and have trained thousands of students. Our first time pass rate is in excess of 97% and in the unlikely event you don’t get through first time, we allow you to retake the course free of charge.

If you are serious about changing your career and gaining industry recognised trades qualifications to be able to work legally and safely in your chosen profession, we seriously want to help you achieve the success you deserve.

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Important Update

UNFORTUNATELY the college is full and we are not accepting further applications at this time. If you would like impartial advice to further your interest in learning a trade, if you click here you will be redirected to a website which can find you a suitable training provider.

We wish you well with your enquiry.

ATL practical Training Team


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  • David made the brave move to invest a chunk of his redundancy money re-skilling, rather than just trying to live off it until he got another job

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