Meet Michael, our AAT Apprentice

We wanted to do a little spotlight on our AAT Apprentice, Michael Buckley who is carrying out an AAT Apprenticeship with Training 2000. 

My role at Training 2000

I work in the Finance department as a second year AAT Apprentice . My role includes a wide range of tasks including document processing and credit control. I’m broadening my knowledge of the finance sector every day, which means my job role directly affects my qualifications, and without my role AAT would be near enough impossible. This has allowed me to become a familiar face amongst a wide range of people around our Blackburn site.

What I love about my job

I have worked for many companies in the past, and not one of them has had an ethos like Training 2000’s. Since starting here nearly 16 months ago I have developed strong relationships with many of my colleagues, some that extend beyond the workplace. For example I class my team as a second family, and the support I have received off them to help me reach the next platform of my career path has been second to none. I started my AAT classes three months later than the rest of my class mates leaving me slightly behind schedule from the off, but with the help of my team the hurdle was made significantly smaller. I firmly believe that an individual’s work ethic can be strongly influenced by the people you are surrounded by, and mine is stronger than it has ever been.

My ambition is…

My ambition in the long run is to be the next Debbie Hale! A Financial Director of a business that has a positive image, and is appreciated by its surrounding communities.

My claim to fame…

I won a pair of Gary Neville’s boots that he played in the Euro’s with when I was 8… and then gave them to my dad because I’m a City fan!

If I were stranded on a desert island I’d take the following 3 things…

  • AAT books – If I get rescued I don’t want to be behind in my classes
  • A football
  • A mirror to alert passing ship’s – And also if someone comes to get me, my hair’s got to look good!


Don’t think there’s much chance of survival!

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It’s all gone Cyber at Training 2000

We’re delighted to announce that Sarah Green has this week joined the Training 2000 team as Business Manager for Cyber Security. Sarah’s role will be to develop a new cyber security training facility based in Nelson.

Sarah’s background in cyber security spans over three years, previously playing an active role in starting up a cyber security SME in the North West region. Sarah has witnessed the pace at which the cyber threat landscape changes and intends to use her experience and knowledge to create a diverse portfolio services for Training 2000 which will ensure our clients can implement robust cyber security strategies which reflect their culture, ethics and budgets to mitigate their exposure to risk.

Training 2000 has recognised the growing threat of cyber attack to UK businesses and we intend to expand our business solutions offer through providing a series of cyber security training programmes and consultancy to cross-sector businesses. We also have future plans to provide apprenticeships to close the skills gap and to provide training to individual computer users to enhance a cohesive plan to help raise the UK’s defences against the threat of cyber attack.

We also intend to integrate a culture of cyber security into their own company, as part of this we’re proud to have recently gained Cyber Essentials certification, the Government’s flagship scheme for demonstrating good practice in cyber security processes.