Apprentices are medal winners at national Skills final

Seven apprentices studying with Training 2000 secured medals at the recent National finals of the WorldSkills UK competition.

The ‘Lancashire Hotpots’ and ‘Blackpool Rocks’ teams of AAT Accountancy apprentices together with a Mechanical CAD (Computer Aided Design) apprentice were victorious at the Skills Show, held at Birmingham NEC between 14-16 November 2013.  After showcasing their technical and employability skills in the regional and semi-finals, the apprentices joined 800 of the country’s most talented learners at Birmingham NEC and competed in front of 100,000 visitors.

 

The ‘Lancashire Hotpots’ team, comprised of 19-year-old Comply Direct employee Olivia Milligan, John Painter, 21, who works at Hindle, Jepson and Jennings Ltd and 24-year-old PM+M Solutions employee, Sarah Clancey.

The ‘Blackpool Rocks’ team, comprised of 20-year-old Safe Hands Care employee Victoria Clark, Damon Rhodes, 24, who works at Danbro Accountants and 19-year-old Royal Blackburn Hospital employee, Emma Bowker.

Both teams went head to head in the Accounting Technician final and fought off tough competition from 10 other teams – ‘Lancashire Hotpots’ won the silver medal, and Blackpool Rocks won the bronze.

To add to the medal haul, talented Engineering apprentice Andrew Cartwright who works at Warrington-based Nuvia, won the bronze medal, battling against the nine other competitors in his Mechanical CAD engineering category.

Steve Gray, CEO at Training 2000, said: We are very proud of our winning apprentices. It is an excellent achievement to be recognised on a national level and for all of our apprentices to be ranked in the top three of their field is a testament to their success.

National Worldskills UK Final Beckons For Training 2000 Apprentices

Seven apprentices studying with Training 2000 are heading to Birmingham NEC to complete in the final of the coveted WorldSkills UK competition from 14-16 November.

The apprentices, who are studying finance and engineering qualifications, will join 800 of the country’s most talented learners at Birmingham NEC to compete in front of 100,000 visitors in 70 skills ranging from floristry to mechanical engineering.

After showcasing their technical and employability skills in earlier rounds, two teams of three will go head to head in the Accounting Technician category whilst an engineering apprentice will compete in the Mechanical CAD (Computer Aided Design) category.

The Blackburn AAT team, ‘Lancashire Hotpots’ comprises of 19-year-old Comply Direct employee Olivia Milligan, John Painter, 21, who works at Hindle, Jepson and Jennings Ltd and 24-year-old PM&M Solutions employee, Sarah Clancey. The Blackpool AAT team, which comprises 20-year-old Safehands Care employee Victoria Clark, Damon Rhodes, 24, who works at Danbro Accountants and 19-year-old Royal Blackburn Hospital employee, Emma Bowker are known as ‘Blackpool Rocks’.

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.

The group demonstrated competence in their technical knowledge, which will be drawn upon in order to become the national winner.

Lianne Whittaker, business assurance coordinator at Training 2000, said: “Being invited to compete at The Skills Show 2013 is a fantastic achievement for the teams and it will give them the opportunity to showcase their skills and experience at a national level. The skills competition is a prestigious event and Training 2000 is thrilled to be able to support them all on their journey.”

“This is a testament to the quality of training that they receive and we would like to wish them all the luck in the world for the final.”

Training 2000 marks Tower Safety Week

Training 2000, has marked ‘National Tower Safety Week’ with its learners, encouraging the correct use of scaffolding towers.

Organised by PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association) the week (11-15 November 2013) aims to promote best practice and communicate the benefits of using mobile access towers.

Training 2000 offers a one-day PASMA Mobile Tower Course which ensures that learners can safely erect and dismantle scaffolding towers.

Delivered by PASMA approved instructors, both onsite and within the purpose built scaffolding training centre, the course enables successful participants to achieve PASMA carded status and training certification that is valid for five years.

In the last 12 months, the training provider has delivered training to over 120 delegates from across a wide range of employers across the North West.

Construction and maintenance firms that have already benefitted from the PASMA Mobile Tower Course include the Eric Wright Group, Spain Building, Perrys and Darwen Electrical.

Alan Winward, business leader at Training 2000, said: “Many employers have mobile towers on their sites as they are often used by maintenance teams and as a safer method to give access when working at height. This short 1 day course will definitely be a useful and is a well recognised carded status by contractors, HSE and on sites.”

“The course informs of the dangers associated with working at height and will equip participants with the skills needed to safely erect and dismantle mobile access towers.”
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International Recognition For Training 2000

Training 2000 has received an innovation award from TVET (Technical & Vocational Education & Training), an organisation dedicated to exporting the capabilities of the technical and vocational education sector.

Working in partnership with Prospects College and West Anglia Training Association (WATA) and trading as GTA UK, the training providers submitted a proposal of establishing a technical college in the Middle East and were invited, as bidders into the Colleges of Excellence tender submission, to participate in the TVET Saudi Arabia Excellence Lab in Jeddah on 7-8 October 2013.

Recognised for their desire to deliver innovative training solutions and products to overseas markets through a ‘learning company’, a business run by apprentices and learners, GTA UK beat off tough competition from 17 global training providers from countries including Australia, Singapore, America and the UK to win the accolade.

The idea was based upon the creation of learning companies and franchising the colleges of excellence brand as a mark of distinction/differentiation.

Steve Gray, who accepted the award with Nigel Donohue from WATA, said: “I am delighted that our concept has been recognised with an innovation award.

“By working in partnership with WATA and Prospects College we have devised a comprehensive plan of how technical training can be delivered in Saudi Arabia and are thrilled that TVET is bringing the global training industry together to encourage sharing of expertise and skills development across the world.”