4 cyber security myths busted

Our Cyber Security Business Manager Sarah Green is on hand to debunk some of the myths surrounding our cyber world.


T or F? “Hackers? They must be some breed of technological genii”

Answer: F. It is impeccably simple to learn how to perform basic hacks. There are numerous online forums dedicated to step by step guides for how to hack websites, networks, phones with try-your-hand targets and links to where to buy the tools you need.

The chances are you’ll get caught within days and with the laws changing to crack down on cybercrime, most probably land themselves in some serious hot water. If you fancy testing your skills, and potentially seeking a career in Ethical Hacking, there are loads of fun ‘capture the flag’ type websites.


T or F? “It’ll never happen to me”.

Answer: F. It might not, but then again it might. Everyone I ever speak to has some experience of cybercrime.

Be it the HMRC email telling you to CLICK HERE to claim your tax refund, or having your card cloned and buying twenty mobile phones in Jersey, everyone has some experience of themselves/their parents/friends/pets being affected by cybercrime.

Whilst there are still unknown unknowns in the cyber world, a known known is that attacks are ever-evolving and are growing in sophistication at an exponential rate. Home or work, if you’re a computer user then security is a necessity.


T or F? “The cost of cyber crime is in excess of £266 billion to the global economy PER YEAR”.

Answer: T. Yes, you read it right. It’s costing us and our businesses two hundred and sixty-six billion pounds per year to deal with the effects of cybercrime.

Let’s put that into perspective: There are 7.4 billion people in the world, so effectively, that’s £38 for every person in the world per year handed over. What else could we buy for £38?


T or F? “It’s money they’re after – providing the accounts are secure we’ll be fine.”

Answer: F. This is an obvious thought, they must just want to get into the accounts and steal the money. Not true – sensitive data carries a whopping price tag and is used as ransom in some cases.


Our Cyber Security Centre launch takes place on Friday, April 8th in Nelson, Lancashire – secure your free place by registering here.

There are also a number of free, industry-specific taster seminars taking place over the next few months – you can find out more and book on here.

5 ways to make your CV shine

Applying for a job can seem extremely overbearing, especially if you have never done it before. Writing a CV which really sells you as a candidate, and writing a personal statement or cover letter which is bespoke for each particular role, apprenticeship vacancy or traineeship can be pretty scary.

But there are several ways to set yourself apart – both in building up experience and knowledge which will impress on paper and, eventually, at interview, as well as small changes and bits of advice which can lift your CV and cover letter from being one of the crowd, into star of the show.

  1. Volunteering

Gaining the type of experience which will impress a prospective employer can seem tricky, but securing a volunteering role can really boost your chances of securing an interview.

It shows you are willing to go the extra mile to grow as a person and professional – even if the role is not specific to the industry you want to work in, it could still build your interpersonal skills, time management, working under pressure, the list is potentially endless.

Adding this onto your CV and referring to it in your cover letter provides the perfect platform to market yourself to a potential employer.

  1. Part time work

If you have currently got or had a part time job, remember to position this in the right way to make the most out of your experience.

Similar to volunteering, even experience which is in a totally separate sector or industry can signal that you have transferable skills which position you really well for the majority of vacancies. Many jobs require you to work well in a team, the large majority demand you be punctual and have great time management – explaining this in the correct way as part of your application can mean you tick a lot of the desired and required skills which you otherwise didn’t think you would have.

  1. Travelling or gap year

If you have gone travelling and experienced new cultures and countries, far from just being a holiday this shows you possess a wealth of skills which can benefit you and your business in a professional setting.

Meeting a range of new people in an environment you are not used to shows your adaptability and confidence. Make sure you make these links and tie it to the role or apprenticeship you are applying for.

  1. Organise your CV

As well as being clear about what you are going to include in your CV, it is crucial that you organise the information in a relevant and engaging way – separate each relevant section out and include a section for educational achievements, work and volunteer experience and skills you have acquired.

Also draw focus onto your strongest asset – if you have achieved well academically but fear your experience is lacking, lead with this in your introduction and structure accordingly.

  1. Check, check and check again

Show an attention to detail by thoroughly spellchecking and properly formatting everything you do for your application – presentation is everything and shows you care about the opportunity.

Also make sure you’re well aware of everything that you include and confident – if you do get an interview you’ll need to go into more detail and further back up what you have included.


Want to learn more about how to get yourself job ready? Our Summer Skills Programme runs from July 4 and provides a great opportunity to develop your skills and secure a job, apprenticeship or traineeship. Click here to find out more.

Join our Summer Skills Programme

Join us on your school summer break for our Summer Skills Programme. Designed to boost your confidence and improve your employability skills.


Activities include:

  • Skills health check
  • Interview workshop
  • Presentation skills
  • CV writing tips
  • Visits to local businesses
  • Employer presentations,
  • Psychometric tests
  • Interactive workshop


Course dates

4th July to 29th July, 3 days per week, 10am – 2pm.



Delivered at our Blackburn, Blackpool and Nelson sites.  Travel included where eligible.


How do I book a place?

Click the links below to book your place

For Blackburn click here

For Blackpool click here

For Nelson click here


CEO and Engineering Apprentices in Job Swap

Two engineering apprentices have taken part in a job swap with Training 2000’s CEO, as the training provider celebrates National Apprenticeship Week.

William and Matthew, both first year apprentices who split their time between the Blackburn engineering centre and their employers, first had the opportunity to attend a management team meeting, where Steve Gray, Training 2000’s CEO, explained to them how the business runs and the role that both he and each company director holds.

Following from this, the apprentices had the opportunity to showcase the work they are doing as part of their apprenticeship, demonstrating how to operate a Universal Milling Machine and demonstrating how to make a steel dice model, something they have learnt during their time at Training 2000.

Training 2000 are currently taking part in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, with both William and Matthew part of the nine-strong-team. Supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, teams from across the country must carry out work-related challenges to promote the benefits of apprenticeships – developing new skills in the process – with companies such as Microsoft and Virgin Media taking part.

William Said: “The job swap has been a great experience, we’ve been able to learn more about how the rest of Training 2000 operates and also share the skills we have developed during our apprenticeships with the CEO which was really good.”

Matthew added: “This has been a really good experience and something which will be really useful as we carry on with our careers in engineering.”

Steve Gray, Training 2000 CEO said: “It was good to spend some time with William and Matthew, learning about them, the businesses they work for and how they have developed during their apprenticeships with us so far.

It was also interesting to hear what they would like to achieve through the course of their careers, and hopefully this job swap has given them an insight into how a business like Training 2000 runs, which will be really useful for them going forward, and it was great for me being instructed by William and Matthew in operating a Universal Milling machine after my first instruction 36 years ago when I started on my Engineering apprenticeship.”

Training 2000 Apprentice in Council ‘Job Swap’

A Training 2000 apprentice has taken part in a ‘job swap’ to mark National Apprenticeship Week, As Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Chief Executive Harry Catherall invited Business Admin apprentice Chloe Birch to attend a key meeting at Blackburn Town Hall.

First talking through her experiences as an apprentice, her role at the training provider and what she would like to do in the future, Chloe joined George Morris, Finance apprentice at the council who is studying at Training 2000, in a finance monitoring meeting.

Chloe and George both took part, inputting to the meeting and learning about how the council’s budget is set, and continuously monitored.

Chloe is a member of Training 2000’s Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge team – the search for the apprentice team of the year, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

She said of the experience: “Experiencing what it was like to take part in an important meeting and how a large organisation like the council functions as a business was really interesting, and great for my development as an apprentice.”

“It was also good to go through what I do in my day-to-day role so Harry could gain an insight into my role at Training 2000.”

Harry Catherall, Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “It was great to learn more about the Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge.  We were pleased Chloe was able to meet one of our apprentices and get an insight into how the Council is run, taking part in one of our regular finance meetings.”

Councillor Mohammed Khan, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council added, “High quality apprenticeships are a fantastic way to start a career and we are committed to offering as many opportunities as possible within Blackburn with Darwen to the borough’s young people.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council has 26 apprentices at different stages of their two year scheme, working across departments such as finance, direct services and adults and children’s social services.  The next intake is now being planned and any up and coming vacancies will be advertised during the summer time. Anyone interested can sign up to the council’s email job alerts at www.blackburn.gov.uk/jobs

To learn more about Training 2000, get in contact with us.

5 Reasons an Apprenticeship Could be For You

Working out your career path is a big choice for anyone to make – thinking about what you could thrive at, balanced with what you enjoy doing. A bigger choice still is how to get there.

Here we outline some of the key reasons why choosing an apprenticeship has the potential to have a positive impact on your career and your development – both professionally and personally.


  1. Hands-on experience

A key difference between an apprenticeship and the purely academic route is the ability to build up experience in your chosen career.

Gaining hands-on skills in a work environment will set you apart from the competition when progressing, giving you a headstart on those who have not put their learning into practice by the time they complete their qualifications.

When push comes to shove, in a tie break situation who will the job get offered to – someone with years of experience or someone who, whilst holding the relevant qualifications has little or no experience on the shop floor? Experience shines through, every single time.


  1. Money talks

Earning a wage whilst you build up your skills is also a great part of being an apprentice. How much you will earn depends on your age when starting an apprenticeship and what the business decides to pay, but you can find the minimum you could be earning here.

Also, you’ll be dodge the thousands of pounds debt which accompanies a university degree – some graduates will be leaving their courses with upwards of £30,000 debt and by doing an apprenticeship you’ll be able to avoid this, and those monthly repayments which will leave your wage after graduating.


  1. Start climbing the career ladder

Start climbing the career ladder whilst you gain your qualifications – this gives you another opportunity to get ahead of the competition and make a real impact in a business and industry early on in your career.

Making an impression on an employer will put you in a great position when your apprenticeship is completed – with the majority of apprentices kept on by their employers – who have benefitted from your progress and will want to continue to do so, avoiding the job search which often comes with the completion of a purely academic course.


  1. Get qualified

You’ll still be earning those key qualifications which every employer in your industry looks for – evidencing the skills you will be gaining on the job and also from your experienced training instructors.

You’ll have a really strong CV with the perfect mixture of experience and certificates which will help your career flourish.


  1. Build your networks

Meeting people relevant to your industry, both in your business, through training and through fellow apprentices provides a fantastic way to make business contacts which could be useful going forward.

There is a real benefit in developing a relationship with those in your industry, especially in your own region, and an apprenticeship will also build up these interpersonal skills which are so key.


Have a look at our current apprenticeship vacancies and contact us with any questions – we’ll get in touch to assist you.

Training 2000 Celebrate PQ Awards win

Training 2000 have been celebrating a recent award, after AAT Centre Coordinator and AAT Tutor Kevin Lloyd collected the Accountancy Personality of the Year award.

At the ceremony in London, Kevin was recognised at the PQ Awards 2016 which were announced at Café de Paris, recognised for his work in the accountancy sector during the last year.

PQ Magazine is for part qualified accountants, with accounting news, careers advice and a study zone.


Training 2000 Launches Cyber Security Centre

Training 2000 is all set to launch its new cyber security centre – which will work with businesses and individuals across the North West to ensure they are protected against damaging cyber-attacks.

Friday, 8 April will see the launch of the purpose built learning environment at the new cyber security centre in Nelson, where learners will be able to come out of their everyday working lives and into the fully iMac equipped facility.

The event will see the centre officially opened by Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, before key note speakers highlight the current cyber risks affecting businesses.

The event will also hear from Mark Hindle, managing director of MNH Platinum, who provide specialist contract hire and vehicle management. The Blackburn-based business was directly affected by a cyber-attack.

There will then be the opportunity to tour the facility, and network with fellow attendees.

Training at the Netherfield Road site will include cyber security awareness training, and how important protecting against potential attack is for businesses – alongside ‘cyber essentials’ training which will make sure businesses are equipped to achieve the government standard.

Andrew Stephenson MP said: “It is great that this facility will be on the doorstep for businesses across Lancashire. Cyber security and the need for businesses to manage the risk and protect their interests has never been more crucial.”

Mark Hindle, managing director of MNH Platinum added: “Our business has seen first-hand the dangers posed by a cyber attack, and I think Training 2000’s cyber division will make sure professionals avoid the potential pitfalls and risks – reducing the opportunities for an attack to take place.”

Steve Gray, Training 2000 CEO said: “Cyber security is such an important issue for businesses across the North West and beyond.

“Our new state-of-the-art training centre will provide quality, relevant training – protecting the digital services which businesses increasingly depend on and linking into the research and development carried out by Lancaster University alongside some of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s current strategies.”

To register for the event, visit bit.ly/t2000cyber