Business Administration learners recognised at awards ceremony

Talented business administration, ICT and finance apprenticeship and traineeship learners have been praised for their achievements at our prestigious annual Business Administration Awards, which recognised learners who are excelling on their programmes.

25-year-old Laura Hargreaves from Accrington, received the Customer Service Advanced Apprentice of the year award for her excellent commitment and performance.

Speaking at the ceremony, Laura said;

“I was so shocked when my name was called out. I am thoroughly enjoying my Apprenticeship and have definitely learnt a lot about the industry as well as gaining life experience.”
We offer a range of qualifications from full-time work preparation courses to higher level Apprenticeships in accounting, business administration and ICT, and are currently looking for 16-18 year olds to fill available job vacancies.

As well as the award ceremony, the learners also presented a giant cheque to the Wish Centre and East Lancs Hospice after managing to raise over £1000 over the course of the year. The evening ended with food and fun in the photo booth.

Training 2000’s Business Administration Manager, Rowena Brough, said: “The annual Business Administration, ICT and Accounting Awards are a great way to reward our learners’ efforts. They all work very hard, show commitment and determination and we believe this should always be recognised.

“The calibre of learners this year was very high as usual and it is clear that the future of Apprenticeships is bright. Skills development is critical to career success and we would like to congratulate all of those involved on investing in their future in this way.”

Apprentices Support National Women in Engineering Day

A group of our female first year apprentices have celebrated National Women in Engineering day (NWED) on 23rd June by hosting an event for local businesses and community leaders.

National Women in Engineering Day is a day dedicated to raising the profile of the work that women do in engineering and to showcase the great engineering careers that are available for girls.

The learners marked the occasion by giving a presentation on the importance of encouraging women into engineering careers before unveiling the results of their NWED project, which demonstrates the skills they have learnt so far on their engineering apprenticeships.

The project was to make a replica Typhoon jet along with a functioning lighting system. The learners had to go through all of the steps of successful design and project management, before the jets lighting elements were tested and it was mounted onto marble for display.

Led by Natasha Greenbury, 19, an engineering student from Grimsby and strong advocate of women in engineering, the group also organised a raffle, with local companies including Sellafield, 3M, ECITB and Express Gifts donating prizes. They managed to raise £114, with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation.

Natasha said “I chose the British Heart Foundation as I have a heart condition myself and also because there was a teacher at Training 2000 that sadly passed away at Christmas due to heart problems. I’m really proud to be a female engineer and doing events like this which help to tackle gender stereotyping.”

Dave Tolen, Education and Skills Engineering Manager at Training 2000 concluded:

“It is fantastic that National Women in Engineering Day is dedicated to highlighting both the positive impact of female engineers and the opportunities out there. I know our female learners have really enjoyed the experience and demonstrating their skills to the outside world.

“In 2012 girls achieved better or equal A*to C GCSE grades compared to boys in all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math’s) subjects except Maths where there was only a 1 percentage point difference, yet only 5.5% of engineering professionals are female. There is a skills shortage looming in engineering, and recruiting more women into the field is one way to tackle that.”

The girls in the image are Amy Kershaw, Sophie Berry, Skye Fox, Lucy Harrison, Laura Ward, Charlotte Ward, Natasha Greenbury and Kelly Fletcher.

What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship?

So, what are the benefits of an Apprenticeship? When you’re deciding what to do with your life, you need to know the facts, especially if you’re choosing between an Apprenticeship or college.


Take a look at our list of the top benefits of an Apprenticeship below;


Kiss goodbye to the classroom!

Apprenticeships are based on the job, so you can gain industry skills and contacts whilst you are on your Apprenticeship. Get qualified and get experienced.



Hello, wage.

Start earning that money now. No one is pretending that an Apprenticeship wage is mega bucks at the beginning, but receiving a wage has to be one of the main benefits of an Apprenticeship. Even better, it has been shown that apprentices earn an average £100,000 more than other employees over their lifetimes.



The sky’s the limit

Study up to degree level…and beyond, if you like. Rather than being a route for those who haven’t made the grades, Apprenticeships are a direct route into some of the most highly skilled careers available.



Learn debt-free

Bye bye loans. One benefit of an Apprenticeship is that you won’t rack up thousands of pounds worth of debt in tuition fees to get your qualification. In fact Apprenticeships are funded and for those under 24, completely free.



Why wait?

Get a head start. Think you have to wait until you’ve finished college or uni to start that “dream job”? Nope.



To start your Apprenticeship or work preparation programme with us, take a look at our apprenticeship programmes.