HRH The Duke of York, KG, visited Training 2000 to recognise the growing number of Apprenticeships the centre offers and support the development of a University Technical College (UTC) in Burnley.
His Royal Highness visited Training 2000 as part of his continued focus on promoting institutions that support Apprenticeship programmes and the development of employability skills.
The Duke of York was taken on a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities on Friday 30 November and was shown around the engineering and automotive workshops and the dental surgery where he met with staff and apprentices.
Eighteen year-old catering apprentice, Kara Gray, and 17 year-old business administration apprentice, Laura Heaven, had the opportunity of a lifetime when they got the chance to meet His Royal Highness during his visit.
Laura said: “I was delighted to meet with The Duke of York and I enjoyed talking to him about what we do at Training 2000.”
Chief executive at Training 2000, Steve Gray, said it was fantastic that His Royal Highness had an active interest in Apprenticeships and had taken time out of his busy schedule to visit and to meet with the employers and apprentices.
“We are thrilled that The Duke of York could join us today and celebrate the growing number of Apprenticeships at Training 2000, especially in the engineering sector,” said Steve.
“Our facilities and the support that we, as a Group Training Association, provide to our learners and employers are the things that we are most proud of and to be able to showcase this to His Royal Highness is wonderful.”
Before moving onto other engagements, The Duke of York also heard about the Visions Leaning Trust (VLT), a UTC being led by Training 2000, which will be opening in Burnley in August 2013