Training 2000 to establish an Institute of Cyber Security in Lancashire

Training 2000 was delighted to have our exciting long-term plan to establish an Institute of Cyber Security in Lancashire mentioned by Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson in the House of Commons recently

Following meetings with Mr Stephenson and Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet and Paymaster General, we are now progressing with ambitious plans to create a facility with the aim of improving cyber security skills in the local area.

Cyber security is an important issue to many Lancashire SMEs as business increasingly depends on digital services, the need to protect information and websites from being maliciously disrupted or misused is vital. We look forward to developing this project further.

View the statement on cyber security

 

Attend our launch event

Friday, April 8 will see the official launch of our new Cyber Security Centre – to book your free delegate place and find out more, click here.

Customer Relations Apprentice- Job of the week

A modern managed transport provider in Accrington is looking to appoint a Customer Relations Apprentice

C-Mac Partnership Ltd in Accrington are looking to employ a Customer Relations Apprentice, working on site for 37.5-40 hours per week with an immediate start.

As a member of the C-Mac team, your main duties will include calling and taking calls from new and existing customers to give advice and quotes and managing the quote process from start to finish, such as taking payments and putting new bookings onto the system.

This job requires a good telephone manner, the ability to work independently and as part of a team and excellent attention to detail.

Interested in a career in customer service, sales & marketing?

Whilst performing your duties as a Customer Relations Apprentice you will undertake a NVQ in Business Administration or Customer Services. Upon completion of the apprenticeship there will be the potential to move further into customer service, sales or marketing.

To apply, please call Michelle Rouine on 01254 54659 or email [email protected] for her attention. Our other vacancies can be found here

Steve’s Blog for Employers: Spotlight on the Benefits of Traineeships

Steve Gray, CEO, shines a spotlight on the benefits of work-preparation courses such as Traineeships

There are many reasons to employ an apprentice, Apprenticeships offer a unique way to invest in young people and improve the sustainability of your business. However, one of the most common things we hear from employers is that they struggle finding young people straight from school, college or sixth forms who have employability skills which fit in with modern industry.

There has been a lot in the press about the Government’s push on Apprenticeships, yet very little is said about the courses on offer which will prepare learners for Apprenticeships and what benefits these can provide for employers. One such programme is a Traineeship.

Traineeships provide young people with CV writing tips, interview techniques, employability skills and the essential Maths and English training required to get an Apprenticeship or employment.

Combining functional skills learning with practical work experience, a trainee will learn new skills and gain a qualification whilst the business benefits from them contributing to productivity. Training providers deliver the Traineeships, which are funded by the government, with employers providing the valuable work experience placement and a final interview as part of the programme.

As well as changing a young person’s life, Traineeships are a fantastic way to fill Apprenticeship vacancies, thus developing a loyal, talented workforce.  The structured work experience aspect of the Traineeship allows companies to see if the trainee is a good fit with their business aims and culture and will get the opportunity to take them on as an Apprentice employee on completion of the programme.

Bob Eastwood Celebrates ‘National Apprenticeship Week 2015’ at Training 2000

The Conservative Party candidate for Blackburn, Bob Eastwood, met apprentices at Training 2000 earlier this week, to celebrate ‘National Apprenticeship Week 2015’.

During his visit, our CEO, Steve Gray, showed Mr Eastwood around several areas of the organisation including dental nursing, automotive, construction and engineering, and the parliamentary hopeful chatted to the young people and some not so young, about their ambitions and aspirations.

Mr Eastwood said: “I was delighted to be invited back to Training 2000 during this special week.  I am certainly impressed with what I saw and with the people I met.

“Education is critically important and along with academic qualifications, schools must prepare young people who wish to go into the workplace instead of college or university.”

Project Control (engineering) apprentices, Natasha and Morgan said: “Training 2000 has given us an excellent opportunity to earn while we learn [and] we wanted to make sure we grasped the practical side of project management as well as the theory.

“We are both employed by giants in the world of industry and at the end of our apprenticeship we will have the ability and confidenceto pursue our careers in our chosen field.”

Chief executive officer, Steve Gray said: “I was delighted that someone as passionate about education and training as Bob Eastwood joined us as we celebrated National Apprenticeship Week.

“Training 2000 welcomes local MP’s and candidates from all parties who ask for a visit to meet apprentices. Mr Eastwood’s visit provided our learners with the opportunity to ask for his views on how he could improve things in their area. It is a great opportunity for apprentices and politicians to meet and exchange views and as always these visits are well received by the learners.”

National Apprenticeship Week 2015 with ECITB

ECITB has joined Training 2000 to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.

The regional operations director of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) has come to visit us this week to gets some hands-on experience of modern day apprenticeships and support National Apprenticeship Week.

Andy Brown, who started his career as a Royal Air Force Apprentice, was in Blackburn to experience a “Day in the Life of” an engineering apprentice.

Leicester-based Mr. Brown joined one of our Project Control classes at our Blackburn HQ to learn, along with young project control trainees, how to use a 3D printer.

Thinking back on his own experience, he noted;

“Some things like basic hands-on skills are just the same as they were in my day. They are really important and apprenticeships are vital to the future of young people and industry, providing the skills needed and giving young people the opportunity to take those skills all over the world. That one reason why we highlight National Apprenticeship Week.

“When I joined the project control apprentices they were using a 3D printer to make new support brackets for Royal Blackburn Hospital.

“It was great to see the apprentices doing something practical and useful to help the local health service. However, it was a new and different world for me.”

Mr. Brown then went on to the shop floor and helped 17-year-old Sam Thompson make a handle for a tool box.

He said:

“I helped Sam make the handle for a tool box according to precise specification. It reminded me of my days as an RAF technician apprentice when I was 20, I had to do something very similar to the toolbox Sam was making.

“It’s all about working from precise drawings and specifications, marking up and getting things just right. I like to think I might have helped him with my experience.”

Sam said: “It was really nice of him to help me and he was a good listener. I’d definitely hire him.”

Take a look at our video of the day or our engineering programmes.

Ofsted Praises Training 2000

We are celebrating after receiving a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors

The report, which was published today, highlighted that Training 2000 received outstanding grades for the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in three out of six judged subject areas: engineering, nursing and dental health and manufacturing technologies and achieved a “good” grade for all other areas. Leadership and management and safeguarding arrangements were also judged as outstanding.

Inspectors spent five days at the organisation last month and made their judgment after studying learners’ achievements over the last three years as well as using other methods to gather the views of learners and employers including interviews, lesson observations and online questionnaires.

Ofsted described staff as “highly experienced and knowledgeable” delivering courses that are well designed to meet local and national skills shortages.

Steve Gray, who has been CEO at Training 2000 since 2005 said;

“We are delighted with Ofsted’s findings. It’s been a real team effort and gives us a foundation to build upon in our relentless pursuit of excellence.  We are pleased that the report mentioned our good personal support for learners, our high Apprenticeship success rates and the excellent standards of learners work.

“Ofsted also acknowledged the work we do to instill good working practices which help young people to get onto the employment ladder and that progression from our work preparation programmes is good.”

The training provider has had over 3500 learners on programme over the last academic year aged 16+ who are training in subjects including dental nursing, construction, engineering, automotive, military preparation, scaffolding, accounting, business studies and work preparation.

View the Ofsted Report

CV Tips: What NOT to do when writing your CV

CV Tips!

GCSE and A-Level results days’ are approaching quickly and young people across the country will be making some serious decisions about what to do with their lives. If you’re one of them, here are a few CV tips on what not to do when writing your CV.

A CV is often the first thing an employer looks at, so it is essential that you create a good first impression and sell yourself in the best possible way.

It’s difficult to write a CV when you perhaps feel that you don’t have much experience, but remember any previous jobs, even if they were part time or unpaid, show that you understand punctuality, can work in a team and perform what is expected of you. Try and relate the skills of your previous experience to the job you are applying for. Avoid lists of routine work that don’t particularly show any transferable skills, for example “I mopped the floors, wiped tables, filled up the toilet rolls”. Instead try “I worked on the shop floor, assisted customers, used the stores computer systems and worked as part of a close-knit team”

Make careful choices when writing down those hobbies and interests. If you have particularly interesting hobbies such as say…sky diving or surfing, put them in. If you are applying to work in Finance and your World Algebra Champion, pop it on there.

Love going to gym? Perfect! Love texting? No, no, no. (Yes, someone has actually written this is a hobby!) Employers want focused individuals to come and work for them. Envisioning you spending your working days tapping away on your phone in a group message of your besties isn’t going to make them think “I need this person in my team!”

The language of your CV is vital in creating the right impression. Check your spellings, grammar and punctuation. Make your headings clear and bold and stick to a nice black font. In a similar vein to above avoid txt spk @ all csts. No BRB or IDK or smiley faces. It’s not professional.

Keep your CV to the point and try to avoid going over an A4 sheet. 2 pages are okay at a push but anything over that becomes a short story that no busy employer has time to read.

Don’t forget your contact details! Now is the time to set up a new, boring email address. Please don’t make your potential employer email [email protected] Make sure all your contact details are current and that you check your emails daily.

Good luck!