Apprentice National Minimum Wage Rise Starts Tomorrow

Good news as apprentices will very soon have more money in their pockets. From tomorrow the apprentice National Minimum Wage for those aged between 16-18 (or those over 19 who are in their first year) will rise by 57p an hour.

Any apprentices aged over 19 who have completed their first year are entitled to receive the general National Minimum Wage for their age, which from the 1st of October will be £5.30 for those aged 18-20 and £6.70 for those aged over 21.

Decided by Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy at the time, Nick Clegg, the raise has been hailed as “largest ever” increase in the apprentice National Minimum Wage and was warmly welcomed by the training and skills sector.

Mr Gray said

“This move recognises the value that apprentices provide to employers and makes the Apprenticeship route even more attractive to young people seeking to earn while they learn.”

The 20 per cent rise is well above the 2.6 per cent increase suggested by the Low Pay Commission, as the Government chose to ignore their recommendation. Speaking after the announcement in March Mr Clegg said:

“This is just one of the many ways in which we’ve created a fairer society whilst building a stronger economy. Whether you’re on low pay or starting your dream career through an Apprenticeship, you will get more support to help you go further and faster.”

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Our Military Preparation learners answer the call of DIY SOS: The Big Build

Military Preparation students from our Burnley and Radcliffe sites have recently helped the BBC DIY SOS makeover team transform two Manchester streets into a community for Army veterans.

The programme, led by presenter Nick Knowles, recruited friends, local tradesmen and volunteers to help make over the homes in their biggest project to date.

62 empty houses on two streets in Newton Heath were brought back into use to create a community for ex-servicemen and women and their families.

Three large homes were created, as well as one standard size property. The other properties were given full facelifts and adapted to provide disabled access.

The military hopefuls pitched in enthusiastically, erecting scaffolds, clearing alleyways, putting furniture in to the newly refurbished homes, painting gable ends and generally helping out the team.

Training 2000 MPP Manager Andrew Emmett said;

“I’m so proud of how quickly our learners volunteered to help out when they heard of this opportunity.

“The learners are all hoping to join the armed forces when they finish their programme, and are instructed by former service men and women, some of whom had to leave the forces due to injury, so this is a cause very close to all of our hearts.

“It is such a fantastic project and one which will make a real difference to the lives of these heroes”

A walk-in support centre was also built to cater for the veterans psychological needs, which will be staffed by the charity Walking With The Wounded who will provide therapy and counselling.

The big reveal took place on Monday 28th and the programme will be screened on BBC One in a special two-part edition on October 14th and 21st, so make sure you keep an eye out!

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Picture L-R: Andrew Brett (20), Ryan Berry (18), Kyle Barnes (18) and Daniel Noble (18).

Learners Heading for WorldSkills UK Finals 2015

A group of our engineering and construction apprentices have made it through to the finals of a national competition, WorldSkills UK 2015.

The group comprises of Fort Vale employees Sam Parkinson (20) Matthew Bryce (20) and Chris Taylor (26) from the WEC Group. They are competing in categories including CNC Turning, CNC Milling and Construction Metalwork respectively.

After showcasing their technical and employability skills in the regional competitions, they were shortlisted to take part in the coveted UK finals which are taking place between 19th to the 21st November at the NEC in Birmingham.

Steve Gray, CEO of Training 2000 said;

“As an organisation that has a genuine passion for training and developing young people, we are extremely proud to have three of our apprentices shortlisted for WorldSkills UK 2015.

“Last year our apprentices walked away with two gold and three silver medals from the competition, which is a real testament to the quality of training they have received at Training 2000 and the established skills and personal development schedule within their employers apprenticeship programs.”

Whilst at the show they will fight off strong competition from almost 600 fellow talented Apprentices, watched by 75,000 visitors over three days. The skills on display included diverse talents such as floristry, hairdressing, welding and catering.

Good luck!

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Beloved CEO Steve Gray celebrates 10 years of service

 Celebrations underway at Training 2000 for the commemoration of the 10 year anniversary of our Chief Executive Officer Steve Gray.

Steve started his career as an apprentice and upon its completion, he started with Ribble Motors as an Auto Electrician. This then led to a successful career as an Aircraft Electrician at global company BAE systems, spanning over 18 years.

He then ventured into the training arm of BAE systems and worked on learning and development projects including Tornado and Nimrod. Following this Steve moved into Apprenticeship and Training Management.

As CEO, Steve Gray focuses on overall organisational strategy and the direction of Training 2000 and has taken the company from strength to strength, with the business soon to be reaching its landmark 50th year in 2016.

After joining Training 2000 in the September of 2005, he implemented an exciting new vision and has led the business through a landmark era of change, culminating in the launch of several new and exciting projects including a new executive leadership brand, Silverback.

Mr Gray said of the anniversary;

“One of my life’s greatest achievements is being asked to be Chief Executive Officer for Training 2000, a well-respected Group Training Association that had already existed for nearly forty years. I’ve led a programme of change over the last 10 years, building on that solid platform and developing the company culture and I’m so proud of the staff and of course our learners, they are what it’s all about.”

We marked the anniversary with a presentation at our annual Staff Conference last week, including speeches, images of his greatest achievements and an award ceremony presided by the General Executive Management Team.

Speaking after the ceremony, Steve commented;

“I definitely see myself still being here in another ten years, with the company by then having become one of the top ten training providers in the country. The training sector will change radically over the next few years with employers having the ‘buying power’ to choose the skills training they require and we will meet that demand, maintaining our strong employer relationships and providing training that aligns to the economy. The change is still continuing.

“My motto is that the only constant in life is change.”

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Learners announced as finalists at the GTA England Awards 2015

Training 2000 are very pleased to have two of our learners reach the finals of the GTA England Awards 2015.

Liam Woinson, from Paradigm Precision, was shortlisted for the Engineering Construction category and Henry Clark, from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, made it through to the Business Services Category.

Group Training Providers were only able to put one learner through per category and both of our entrants were selected as national finalists, hoping to be crowned Apprentice of the Year.

The winner will be announced on the 21st October at the GTA England Annual Conference which will be held at the prestigious headquarters of the IMechE in Westminster, London. Dinner will take place in the grand Elizabethan style Library, which has stunning views over St. James Park and Horse Guards Parade before culminating in the awards ceremony.

The Minister of State for Skills, Nick Boles, will be in attendance to present each apprentice with a Certificate of Commendation. Last year the finalists received a trip to Austria and Germany courtesy of GTA England sponsors, WNT (UK), who are sponsoring the event again, along with XYZ Engineering Tools.

Training 2000’s CEO Steve Gray said;

“Once again the high calibre of our apprentices has seen us get through to the finals of another prestigious awards event. On behalf of Training 2000 we would like to wish Liam and Henry the best of luck in this competition, they set a wonderful example to our current and new learners of what can be achieved through apprenticeships.”

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Training 2000 partners with ECITB on Engineering Construction International Work Experience Scheme

We were recently delighted to offer some of Bahrain’s top students experience in the engineering construction industry through a new programme in partnership with the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB).

The scheme saw 36 students from the Nasser Vocational Training Centre (NVTC) in Bahrain take part in two-weeks of intensive training which combined practical work experience with site visits.

Steve Gray, chief executive of Training 2000, said: “We were delighted to be asked to work alongside the ECITB on this project and we’re excited to welcome the students from the Nasser Vocational Training Centre.

“The opportunity to use our facility, meet with employers and learn new engineering constrcuction techniques will be something the students can really benefit from.”

The three organisations developed a curriculum which aimed to give the students the opportunity to learn new English language skills, understand more about the engineering construction industry and visit companies to gain first-hand experiences from qualified engineers at places such as Rolls Royce Derby and Royal Mail Preston.

The students also enjoyed some free time in the local area, taking trips to museums, Skipton Castle and cities such as Manchester and Blackpool.

Tony Featherstone, ECITB director of international and commercial operations, said: “We are really delighted to be able to offer this pioneering international work experience programme, and that NVTC students will be the first to take part.

“This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these students to see world class operations first hand.”


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