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WNT Group Training Associations


WNT (UK) id delighted to announce that it has become the first Premium Partner for the Group Training Association (GTA England) that will see the Sheffield-based cutting tool specialist provide advice and support to all Group Training Associations. 


This long-term agreement between WNT (UK) and GTA England reinforces WNT’s commitment to the UK manufacturing sector and recognises the need to contribute to training the next generation of engineers. This partnership with GTA England, and its members, will provide the sector with technicians of the future, who will be assisted in their training by technical advice provided by WNT (UK)’s technical sales engineers. WNT (UK) will also give GTA England members access to its 50 per cent discount scheme for educational establishments as well as providing training days for apprentices, in order for them to gain an insight and appreciation of modern cutting tool techniques.


This Premium Partnership agreement with GTA England further strengthens WNT (UK)’s association with education and training establishments, which started on a local level in Sheffield before expanding nationally. Now, every member of WNT (UK)’s technical sales team is a STEM Ambassador supporting the company’s efforts to promote a positive image of engineering to students and apprentices. “Over the past 15 years WNT has grown to be one of the top five cutting tool suppliers in the UK. In order to continue this growth we need a strong manufacturing base with highly skilled individuals to drive engineering forward. Therefore, we are delighted to be partnering GTA England and its members, as they have the same desire to encourage future generations and also share WNT’s virtues of quality and service. In becoming GTA England’s first Premium Partner, WNT (UK) will also be sponsoring the first ever GTA England Apprentice of the Year Awards,” says Tony Pennington, Managing Director, WNT (UK).


GTA England (http://www.gta-england.co.uk/) was established in 2009 to benefit member Group Training Associations, with the aim of raising the profile of GTAs, present a compelling case to funding organisations, to work successfully with government as a natural partner and to improve and standardise quality across the GTA network. Part of its remit is to work closer with industry partners in order to achieve maximum benefit for all of the stakeholders. At the signing of the first Premium Partnership with WNT (UK), Mark Maudsley, GTA England’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We have been identifying potential partners that will achieve a genuine win:win scenario for our members, GTA England and its sponsors. This is an exciting development that will build over the years – we hope to be announcing some additional special features at our annual conference in October 2014 for apprentices and member GTAs.”