Apprenticeship helps Preesall’s Luke to improve employability

Preesall is on the road to improve his employability after completing an Apprenticeship with Training 2000.

Twelve months ago, after leaving university, Luke Hill was unable to secure a job in his chosen field which left him feeling unconfident and uncertain about his future career plans.

After reviewing his options, Luke began to seek help from Positive Steps into Work, a support team at Blackpool Council which offers free advice on how to improve employability and support to unemployed residents living in the resort who want to get a job.

During this process, Luke was introduced to Apprenticeships, an option which would enable him to secure employment and a nationally-recognised qualification.

After being referred to Blackpool-based training provider, Training 2000, Luke started a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration, working across the Organisation and Workforce Development and Employee Relations teams.

Having volunteered in a similar administrational role previously, Luke already had some useful background knowledge in his chosen field, so the qualification proved to be well-suited to his existing skills and interests.

The 14-month Apprenticeship has encouraged Luke to get back on track for success, helping him to gain valuable skills and on-the-job experience such as supporting case workers, course admin and bookings, transcribing interviews and learning computer processes.

“Doing an Apprenticeship has enabled me to work across various teams within the Council, such as Organisation and Workforce Development and Employee Relations, and I am now working as part of the Payroll and HR administration team. Completing the Apprenticeship and having the opportunity to work across several teams has definitely broadened my skillset and future career prospects,” said Luke.

“This Apprenticeship has been a great option for me as I’ve been building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money all at the same time. My communication and time-management has significantly improved and I have a professional understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Council.

“I have enjoyed utilising my IT skills to help others in the office and the Apprenticeship has also helped to boost my confidence in a working environment.”

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Leader of Blackpool Council said: “Here in Blackpool, there is a real and well documented need to get more young people out of the spiral of unemployment and onto the career ladder.

“Apprenticeships are a great way to give young people a taste of work while they continue to learn new skills. Not only does it increase their employment chances but it also helps them grow as an individual.

“Luke has adjusted to working in the Council incredibly well and picked up the requirements of his role quickly. He is a very intelligent young man and sailed through his Apprenticeship and soon began to self-manage his own timescales and workload.”

Gillian Sloane, Career Development Advisor at Training 2000, concluded: “During his Apprenticeship, Luke presented himself as an efficient and dedicated individual who worked well both independently and as part of a larger team. He demonstrated excellent employability skills, attendance and professionalism and we think he will go far in his career.”

Training 2000 and Blackpool Council are currently working together as part of a campaign to create and fill 100 extra Apprenticeships places in just 100 days.

Any businesses who want to find out more about taking on an apprentice can contact Training 2000 by emailing [email protected] or calling 01254 54659.

Ex-Apprentice turned Operations Director hails next generation of Apprentices

Leyland Trucks’ operations director began work as an engineering apprentice in 1977 he hoped it would be the start of a fruitful career. Almost four decades later and Peter Jukes is using his knowledge to support the next generation of apprentices.

Leyland Trucks in the UK’s leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles. The £850m revenue business based in the heart of Lancashire currently employs 11 apprentices and plans to recruit an additional six from September this year.

Peter said: “Gaining an Apprenticeship is a valuable tool that enables you to enter the world of work equipped with the necessary skills to progress in your chosen career.

“Training as an apprentice proved a fantastic start to my career. Leyland Trucks helped me to progress and in return, I aim to use my experiences and expertise to nurture today’s young talent.”

Peter recently presented certificates to a trio of skilled Leyland Trucks apprentices, marking completion of their training.

Jake Foster from Hindley Green, Wigan, Robert Hall from Penwortham and Lewis Walker from Walton le Dale, Preston completed an Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Heavy Vehicle with the help of the largest group training association (GTA) in England, Training 2000.

Heavy Vehicle Apprenticeships are specifically designed for those wishing to progress in a career in the motor industry, equipping them with the necessary technical knowledge and ability to deliver quality work.

Peter continued: “As a traditional company with more than a century of expertise in automotive manufacturing, we’ve seen first-hand how Apprenticeships can help to attract fresh new talent.

“Training 2000 has helped to ensure that the education our apprentices receive mirrors our business needs and requirements, ensuring these individuals reach their full potential and have a real impact on productivity and performance.

“As part of our commitment to supporting future engineers, we’ve donated a Cummins 6.7 Litre Euro 5 engine to Training 2000’s automotive training centre to help further boost apprentice learning.”

Steve Hodgson, Automotive Business Manager at Training 2000 added: “In an industry that’s in real need of talented young people, we’ve continued to supply Leyland Trucks with budding automotive and engineering apprentices.

“We’re delighted with the progress that Jake, Robert and Lewis have made and look forward to seeing how they develop in the future.”

World Skills show finals – here we come!

Training 2000 definitely have some World Skills!

We have just received the fantastic news that six of our apprentices have been selected to take part in the prestigious World Skills UK Finals.

Taking place on 13-15th November at Birmingham NEC Arena, the Skills Show hosts the WorldSkills UK national competitions, bringing skills to life as the best of the best compete to show off their talents. Everything from stonemasonry to floristry, media make up to landscape gardening.

With over 60 competitions across five skill areas there will be a wide range of skills in action. Our six successful Training 2000 learners beat off tough competition from across the UK to make it into the CNC finals.

A big well done to:

  •  Liam Woinson – Paradigm Precision – CNC Milling
  •  Declan Tierney-Doogan – Graham Engineering – CNC Turning
  •  Benn Goodwill – Fort Vale Engineering – CNC Turning
  •  Jonathan Oddy – Fort Vale Engineering – CNC Milling.
  •  Ryan Knight- BCH Ltd- CAD
  •  Andrew Cartwright- Nuvia- CAD


We wish our learners the best of luck in the live finals and will keep you posted on the results. Who knows, maybe one of our lucky learners will be chosen to represent Team GB!

UK car industry exporting at record rate

There has been some good news for our automotive learners and employers in the UK car industry, as Britain’s luxury car brands are experiencing strong demand from overseas.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders expects just under 1.6m cars to roll off UK car industry production lines in 2014. In July, UK car manufacturing output rose by 2.8%, taking the total for 2014 so far to 923,884. This is up by 3.4% compared with the same period last year.

David Bailey, professor of industrial strategy at Aston Business School in Birmingham, attributed this to “exchange rate depreciation, world-class manufacturing, excellent industrial relations, the government’s industrial strategy as well as the swelling middle classes in emerging economies such as China”.

A separate survey from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the courier firm DHL Express found that UK exporters are overwhelmingly optimistic about business prospects for the next 12 months.

The government has pledged support to the automotive industry, as it seeks to rebalance the economy towards manufacturing and exports. In 2012 George Osborne set a target of doubling UK exports by 2020. Expansion on this scale will make skilled, well-trained automotive workers vital, and provide fantastic opportunities for the UK’s young people.

The raising of the school-leaving age and what it means to you

The government have made some changes to how long people have to remain in education or further training. This means that pupils who finish year 11 have to continue until at least their 18th birthday, the new school-leaving age.

They call this the school-leaving age or “participation age”. But what does this mean for you?

Well what it definitely doesn’t mean is that you have to stay in school which may be a common misconception. You get three choices when you have finished your final year of secondary school.

These include;

  •  full-time education (for example at a school or college)
  •  an apprenticeship or traineeship (our speciality!)
  •  a mix of part-time education or training combined with either employment or volunteering for at least 20 hours a week.


Yet what if you don’t feel particularly ready for employment? You want a change from the idea of a classroom every day, but don’t feel prepared enough to work full time. Maybe you’ve been looking courses and thinking “what else is out there?”

You may not have any idea where you want to go next but hopefully you have some ideas of what you would like to do. For those who are a little bit unsure, we have a Study Programme course which is designed to not only boost your english and maths skills but also your employability skills, to put you on the right path to getting a job. Available in a choice of industry specialisms with opportunities for work experience, dependant on the course.

If you genuinely have no idea what you want to do in your future career, our Carousel Programme offers a taste across a wide range of our course sectors, allowing you to find what suits your skills and talents best.

When you are thinking about making choices it’s a good idea to come and talk to us about what we can offer you. You should also talk to your family and friends, teachers and tutors about the choices you have and your ideas for your future.

Dominating the National Apprenticeship Awards Regional Finals

A highly successful evening was had by Training 2000’s learners and employers at the National Apprenticeship Awards North West Regional Finals, where we really dominated.

At this years National Apprenticeship Awards Regional Final, out of the nine employer finalists Training 2000 partners with five of them and we were proud to be the only provider to have more than one finalist! Also out of ten apprentice finalists, two were Training 2000 learners. All of the Apprentice and Employer finalists were there as shining examples, demonstrating the real benefits apprenticeships can bring. It is a fantastic achievement for both the employers and the learners to reach this stage as hundreds of nominations are received for each category of the National Apprentice Awards.

The winners are;

  •  Partwell Cutting Technology Ltd – Winner of Employer of the Year – Medium Employer
  •  WEC Group Ltd – Winner of Employer of the Year – Large Employer
  •  Matthew Woodhouse – Partwell Cutting Technology Ltd – Winner of Apprentice of the Year – Advanced Level
  •  Sara Underwood – Rolls Royce plc (Barnoldswick) – Winner of the Apprentice of the Year – Higher Level

There were also those who gained the accolade of being highly commended;

  •  Graham Engineering –Employer of the Year – Medium Employer
  •  Rolls Royce plc (Barnoldswick) – Employer of the Year – Large Employer
  •  Together Housing Group – Employer of the Year – Macro Employer


A big well done to everyone involved!

Apprenticeship Award Success

Training 2000 is celebrating Apprenticeship award success after four employers and two apprentices working at East Lancashire businesses have been shortlisted in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Blackburn’s Partwell Ltd and Nelson-based Graham Engineering are up against each other in the Medium Employer of the Year Category whilst Barnoldswick-based Rolls-Royce PLC and Darwen based WEC Group are shortlisted in the Large employer of the Year category.

Matthew Woodhouse, 20, from Oswaldtwistle who works at Partwell Ltd has been shortlisted in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year category and Rolls-Royce employee Sara Underwood is up for the Higher Apprentice of the Year accolade.

Speaking of his Apprenticeship award success, Matthew said: “I am delighted to be shortlisted for the regional finals as it shows how far I have come as an apprentice. It shows that hard work and dedication can really bring success. I am looking forward to the evening and I hope I can go further”

Rowena Brough, Business Manager at Training 2000 added: “Matthew has remained committed and focused on his career path and understands the importance achieving his qualifications through his Apprenticeship. Partwell, Matthew’s employer, worked closely with Training 2000 to support his Apprenticeship and offer him this opportunity”.

Taylor-Jayne Fox, Business Development Manager at Graham Engineering Ltd added “We are thrilled and excited to have been chosen as finalists for this award as we have been working hard, listening to what our Apprentices feel will benefit and enhance both the company and their training, in order to make the Apprenticeship scheme and the end individual a higher skilled and knowledgeable employee”.
Speaking of his achievement, Matthew said: “I am delighted to be shortlisted for the regional finals as it shows how far I have come as an apprentice. It shows that hard work and dedication can really bring success. I am looking forward to the evening and I hope I can go further”

Steve Whitehead, Director of Education and Skills at Training 2000 is delighted to have so many apprentices and apprentice employers in the running.

“We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality training and we are very proud of our apprentices and employers that have reached the regional finals. We know there is always stiff competition for these awards and would like to wish all of our finalists the best of luck.”

The National Apprenticeship awards are in the 11th year and celebrate the very best apprentices and Apprenticeship employers.

Engineering Apprentices Showcase Talent

Engineering apprentices from across Lancashire have showcased their flair and skill at an annual open day hosted by Training 2000.

The 200 apprentices have just completed 42 weeks off-the-job training at Training 2000’s state-of-the-art centres and proudly presented their work to employers, friends and family.

The budding engineers completed specialist training in areas such as CNC machining, turning and milling, electrical engineering, CAD and design, welding and fabrication, maintenance and pneumatics.

Seventeen year old apprentice, Luke Allison, from Preston said: “I enjoyed my first year off the job training and I’ve learnt a lot. It’s great to be able to showcase our work to our friends, family and the boss.

“Soon we will all start working full-time with our employer, Baxi, and then we’ll come back to Training 2000 one day a week to complete our Apprenticeship over the next three years.”

Companies including 3M, Lupton & Place and Graham Engineering were in attendance to see the progress made by their apprentices.

Speaking of the event, Paul Duerden, Head of Engineering at Training 2000, said: “All of our apprentices have done very well and enjoy hosting these events which give them the opportunity to proudly show what they have learnt and produced.”

Training 2000’s popular engineering Apprenticeship programme has won countless awards for excellence and is renowned for its relevance to industry requirements.
The state-of-the-art facilities give learners the opportunity to develop their skills on up-to-date equipment and techniques and the completion rates are well above the national average.

Training 2000’s Bid To Boost Women In Engineering

Training 2000 marked the UK’s first national Women in Engineering Day (Monday 23 June 2014) by introducing a group of year five girls to its engineering workshop.

Led by Marilyn Pilkington, Training 2000’s 14-19 engagement manager and a strong supporter of women in engineering, the group was taken on a tour of the workshop before having a go at manufacturing a brass shaped ‘Rolo’ on a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) lathe and then engraving it on a CNC milling machine, ably assisted by female engineering apprentices Amy Langtree (19) and Joanne Gregory (21). The group was also joined by Annette Weekes, Managing Director of PDS CNC Engineering to show the girls that the career possibilities within engineering are endless.

Nine-year-old St Michael with St John C of E primary school pupil Sifa Turi said: “I really enjoyed making the ‘Rolos’ and I enjoyed learning how to be an engineer. It has inspired me to be an engineer when I grow up.”

Ten-year-old Fatima Desai added: “I really enjoyed making the ‘Rolos’, didn’t think the machines could make  such great things. I’m now considering whether to be an engineer and make things. I’m going to put my Rolo with my medals.”

Marilyn concluded: “I was delighted to host this lovely group of young girls and it was so positive to see them all put their hands up when I asked which of them wanted to be an engineer when they grow up.

“We work hard to attract females into what is a traditionally male-dominated industry so are delighted that a national day has been held to raise awareness.”news-detail-women-in-eng-day-2

Triumph At International Safety Awards

For the fifth year running Training 2000 has received an International Safety Award with merit showing it has maintained excellent standards of health and safety in the workplace.

The awards, organised by the British Safety Council (BSC), recognise businesses with a commitment to health, safety and the well-being of staff and learners and are presented to companies that demonstrate a commitment to preventing workplace injuries and ill-health.

The long-established awards scheme, now in its 56th year, has recognised more than 500 organisations this year.

Commenting on this success, Phil Watson, head of health and safety at Training 2000, said: “We work very hard to ensure the workplace is a safe environment for staff and learners so we are very pleased that our efforts have been recognised for a fifth consecutive year. We take health and safety very seriously and make sure all individuals know the regulations and protocols that are in place to keep them safe.

“With a workforce of just under 300 staff, it is extremely important that we put a huge amount of time and effort into maintaining standards. We also ensure that staff and learners have thorough training on safety regulations and codes of practice which we review on a regular basis.

“We plan to maintain our current commitment to health and safety and hopefully will achieve this award for the sixth year running in 2015.”

Alex Botha, chief executive of the BSC, said: “On behalf of the Trustees and staff at the British Safety Council we would like to congratulate Training 2000 and its employees on gaining an International Safety Award with merit.

“The success criteria for our International Safety Awards is challenging and that rightly reflects the importance of ensuring the risks of injury and ill health in the workplace are properly controlled. We are proud of our association with Training 2000 and their commitment to keeping their employees, learners and workplaces healthy and safe.” 07 August 2014

Donation Benefits Engineers Of Tomorrow

A gift of two assembly machines by the 3M manufacturing site at Clitheroe will be helping apprentices across the North West to learn the tools of their trade.

The machines have been donated to Training 2000 and will enable engineering apprentices to develop their knowledge and problem solving skills on the mechanical maintenance of the machines.

They were no longer being used by the diversified technology company’s Clitheroe site, which makes valves and components for asthma inhalers on behalf of international pharmaceutical customers.

3M has a strong association with Training 2000 and those joining the company’s successful apprenticeship scheme receive a combination of theoretical and work-based learning.

3M site manager Ben Mills commented: “The two machines were redundant for our purposes and we decided to donate them to Training 2000. We’re very pleased they are going to be put to such a good use.

“They will be benefitting new and up and coming engineers – including three of our apprentices attending the training centre this year – by giving them the opportunity to train on real manufacturing machinery.”

Paul Duerden, engineering business manager at Training 2000 added: “We are delighted to have received this equipment from 3M which will enable our apprentices to gain experience on the style of machinery used in many workplaces across the country.

“We pride ourselves on providing a high quality learning environment and this additional equipment will further complement our offering to the apprentices and assist with developing engineers of the future.”

Training 2000 Book Donation Speaks Volumes

Training 2000 has provided text books to enable a learner in Gambia to start a Level 2 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification.

Ousman Sawo, 37, worked as a labourer to build the Don McMath Foundation School in Gambia before being asked to join its teaching staff as school administrator.

During this time, Ousman completed the Level 1 AAT qualification and is going to use the books donated by Training 2000 to prepare for his Level 2 AAT qualification which he plans to start as soon as he has raised the necessary funding.

The school, founded by Anne McMath, is named after her late husband Don, a teacher in Sussex until 1991 and is the first and only free school that provides teaching, equipment and uniforms for more than 300 of the poorest children in Gambia.

Suzanne York, an external verifier for AAT who regularly visits the school in Gambia, said: “Ousman started his education late in life so he feels very privileged and thankful that these books have been donated to him, especially as he is constantly looking to expand his skills and learn as much as he possibly can.

“Every one of the 350 students at the Don McMath Foundation School is supported in their education by UK sponsors who pay £60 per year for each child’s education. This has to cover paying the teachers, supplying the uniforms and equipment, along with paying for electricity, so any donations are always greatly appreciated and will help to create opportunities for young people in Gambia.”

Rowena Brough, business manager at Training 2000, added: “Our business has formed strong links with AAT so we felt honoured to present Ousman with some accountancy books that would enhance his learning and help him to achieve the Level 2 qualification. We are always happy to donate what we can to charitable organisations and I’m sure we will be able to make further donations to the school in the future.”