Martin Callagher – Head of Teaching and Learning

“It’s not what you accomplish; it’s what you overcome to accomplish it that sets you apart.” – J Connors

Martin began his career as a PE teacher in Preston before moving to Poulton near Blackpool to take over as Head of Physical Education studies at Baines School. He later changed roles to then take up a pastoral role as Head of Year with the key responsibility of overseeing the GCSE years. This led to his appointment as a Deputy Headteacher at Cardinal Allen School in Fleetwood before then being appointed as Headteacher to Corpus Christi High School, Preston, where he raised the expectations of staff, learners and parents and successfully encouraged a culture of achievement for all.

Constructing a bright future

Laura Gwilliam, from Earby, has swapped her bedside manner for boilers, after taking the unusual step of joining her father’s business rather than pursuing a career in healthcare.

Now the twenty three year-old is urging other young women to consider Apprenticeships as a way to gain on-the-job training and real experience – and show that women can cut it in traditionally male-dominated industries.

Laura said: “I had always wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps, but I didn’t think the opportunity would ever become available. After school, I started training to be a nurse but felt it wasn’t for me and I’d always been interested in plumbing after watching my dad build his business.

Having found out from her friend that Apprenticeships were on offer at nearby Training 2000, based in Blackburn, Laura jumped at the chance to gain some hands-on experience with her dad.

“At first I thought I might be too old to start an Apprenticeship, but Training 2000 has helped me to adapt and develop my skills”, said Laura.

“I enjoy the blend of study and work, and it’s really improved my confidence in speaking with clients and suppliers.

“Being a plumber is not always easy, as there is lots to learn and plenty of physical challenges. However, this is far outweighed by the banter I have on site with other contractors, and even clients are surprised when I turn up on their doorstep for a job!”

Laura began her plumbing Apprenticeship with the Blackburn-based training provider when she was nineteen after a colleague’s recommendation. Her Apprenticeship in plumbing has allowed her to practice all the core skills that she will require in her profession, including gas safety, servicing and commissioning.

Now Laura is working for her father’s business and studying for Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ qualifications part-time. In the future, she would like to take over her father’s company if the opportunity arises.

She added: “This Apprenticeship has given me an invaluable opportunity to gain the qualifications and skills I need to further my plumbing career, and hopefully one day I can own my own business.”

“From watching my dad as I grew up, I thought I knew exactly what to expect from plumbing, but I have learnt so much more about myself and the industry during this Apprenticeship.

“I would not hesitate to recommend Training 2000 Apprenticeships to anyone.”

Speaking of Laura’s progress, Lindsay Dust, career development advisor at Training 2000, said: “Laura is a fantastic student. Her drive and commitment is commendable, and a testament to the hard work that all our apprentices put in to their career development.”

“It is pleasing to see young people such as Laura setting out on a career path and working hard to achieve their goals.”

World Recognition For Training 2000 Is On The Money

Training 2000 has been named by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) as one of the best AAT training providers in the world.

Training 2000 picked up the ‘AAT Small Training Provider of the Year’ accolade on Thursday 3rd April 2014 at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Designed to celebrate the use of new technologies and innovative ways training providers engage with their students, the inaugural AAT Training Provider Awards received a large number of entries.

Rowena Brough, Business and AAT Manager at Training 2000 said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Training 2000 and our AAT team, especially as there were over 70 entries worldwide.

“We have been delivering AAT qualifications for more than 12 years to more than 800 learners so to have been recognised at these inaugural awards is an honour and a testament to all the hard work put in by staff and learners and endorses the quality of our programme.”

Winners were announced by AAT President Mike Evans, who said: “Although this is our first year, the response from training providers and individuals has been brilliant and the calibre of entries far exceeded our expectations.

“Tonight was the perfect platform to recognise and celebrate the achievements of businesses and individuals and I look forward to building on the awards success in 2015.”

It has been a very successful 6 months for Training 2000’s AAT team with them having two teams winning Silver and Bronze at the WorldSkills Skills Show in November.