Warrington Apprentice Secures Place In Skills Final

A talented apprentice from Warrington has fought off tough competition to reach the finals of the WorldSkills UK National Competition.

Andrew Cartwright, aged 21, who works at Warrington-based Nuvia and is currently undertaking an Apprenticeship with Training 2000, is set to compete in the Mechanical CAD (Computer Aided Design) category of the national finals taking place at The Skills Show, being held at the NEC Birmingham from 14-16 November 2013.

During the three-day show, 800 of the country’s most talented apprentices and learners will compete in front of 100,000 visitors in 70 skills ranging from floristry to mechanical engineering.

Having made it through a series of regional heats, Andrew will join nine other competitors for three to four days of World Skills International training before attending the final.

Commenting on his achievement, Andrew said: “I am delighted to have reached the finals of such a prestigious competition and both Training 2000 and Nuvia have been extremely supportive of my future development.

“Taking part in the competition will allow me to build on my current skills, test my knowledge against my peers in the industry and help me to progress my future career.”

Jennie Osborne, corporate communications manager at Nuvia, added: “It takes hard work, determination, and a high level of skill to compete against the UK’s most talented learners and Andrew has proven that he has what it takes to be the best in the industry. We’d like to wish him the best of luck for the competition and are all rooting for him.”

Lianne Whittaker, business assurance coordinator at Training 2000, said: “Being invited to compete at The Skills Show 2013 is a fantastic achievement for Andrew and it will give him the opportunity to showcase his skills and experience at a National level. The Skills competitions are a prestigious event and Training 2000 are thrilled to be able to support Andrew on his journey”

Andrew will be heading to the competition along with six other Training 2000 apprentices who have reached the final of the Accounting Technician category.

Ben To Be Congratulated For Worldskills Success

Training 2000 apprentice, from Clitheroe, is set to meet Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, at the prestigious venue One Great George Street in the heart of Westminster, London, this week.

Ben Anderson, aged 22, who is employed by Burnley-based Motorsport Advanced Developments, was one of the 2012 WorldSkills champions and will be attending the Team UK Welcome Back Event, in celebration of his skills and achievements in the CNC turning category.

During the skills competition Ben went up against other competitors of a similar age with experience of CNC turning, which involves setting up and operating a metal-cutting machine designed for repetitive machining work.
Competing at the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 event, Ben and his UK team mates received a total of two gold, one silver and three bronze medals, as well as 17 medallions for excellence.

As one of the successful team members, Ben will be greeted by Nick Clegg at the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office in Whitehall, London.

Lianne Whittaker, business assurance coordinator at Training 2000, said: “The team at Training 2000 are incredibly proud of Ben’s achievements at WorldSkills.

“Participating in skills competitions is a great way for apprentices to learn and develop as they get the opportunity to showcase their internationally recognised talent, something which really enhances their confidence and overall learning.”

Speaking of his experience with WorldSkills Ben added: “Attending the skills show along with leaders, partners, employers and sponsors was a great experience and one I will not forget.

“Having the opportunity to gain additional training, to that offered at Training 2000, has been invaluable and has definitely helped to enhance my future career prospects.”

Training 2000 Appoints New Head Of Provision

Training 2000, has appointed a new Head of Education and Skills. Steve Whitehead, from Burnley, joins Training 2000 after spending the past seven years as CEO of Alliance Learning, based in Horwich. Prior to that role, he spent almost 15 years with Accrington-based North Lancs Training Group.
During this time, Steve, who is a former apprentice, gained a wealth of experience in the training sector and brings an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by training providers and the opportunities available in the sector.

As the head of education and skills, Steve will have overall responsibility for managing the training provider’s staff and learners to increase training opportunities and continually improve the provision offered and develop staff to their full potential.

He will also aim to ensure that the quality of training delivered remains a high standard and matches the expectations of learners, employers and other interested parties.

Steve said: “Training 2000 has always had a strong reputation and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to join the company.

“In my new role, I am looking to develop the existing good practice offered and ensure that our standards are aligned to meet employer needs and our outstanding Ofsted grades. I am also hoping to increase awareness of Apprenticeships in both schools and at career events to enhance the quality of our training provision.”

Steve Gray, chief executive officer at Training 2000, said: “Our company is on a journey of continuous improvement and Steve’s new appointment will allow the company to look into ways to develop our provision, ensuring that we can continue to invest in staff and facilities.

“As an ex-apprentice, Steve will be a great ambassador for young people and will play a key role in promoting the value of Apprenticeships to employers.”