Training 2000 Hosts Apprenticeship Reform Seminar

Training 2000 is all set to host a seminar in May where businesses from across the North West can learn crucial information about the ongoing apprenticeship reforms and how they could be affected.

Held at the training providers Nelson centre on Thursday, May 19th from 8:30am until 11am, organisations will be able to learn more about how the changes will impact on them.

These include the Apprenticeship Levy, which comes into force from April 2017 requiring all businesses with a £3 million payroll or above to contribute 0.5% of their payroll towards the training of apprenticeships.

Also being discussed is the new employer-led ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeship standards, which are being rolled out to replace the previous Frameworks as the basis for apprenticeship delivery.

Including both presentations and work groups, the event also provides an opportunity to network with fellow businesses. Food will be provided.

Click here to book your FREE place.

For more information, email [email protected]

Call to Former Apprentices as Training 2000 Turns 50

As Training 2000 turns 50, former learners who completed their apprenticeships through the Group Training Association are being urged to come forward and share their story about what happened next.

Now one of the largest GTA’s in England, Training 2000 was created when Blackburn and District Group Training Association merged with Accrington and District Group Training Scheme Merged.

The organisation also saw Pendle Training, TDS (North West) Ltd along with Blackpool and Fylde Training become part of Training 2000 – which now has several sites across the North West of England and operates UK-wide.

To celebrate the last half-century, Training 2000 is calling on their former apprentices who have completed courses across a range of industries to get in touch – from engineers and dental nurses, managers and mechanics, share your story about your own career journey, and how Training 2000 played a part in its development.

Steve Gray, CEO at Training 2000 said: “Over the course of the last 50 years Training 2000 has always maintained a firm focus on the development of people and businesses.

“Whether this is through the delivery of apprenticeships across a number of sectors, or our business services training working with organisations as a whole, our strength is the relationships we build and the experience we bring from our starting point way back in 1966.

“We are really looking forward to hearing what stories former learners have to tell, and how their careers have developed after gaining that initial step on the ladder with us.”

Join the new ‘Alumni’ page on LinkedIn and share your story by emailing [email protected].

‘Changing Rooms’ as Brathay Team Complete Community Project

Training 2000’s Brathay Apprentice Challenge team have marked the final phase of the heats stage of the competition by completing their community project.

Volunteering at the Sunnyhurst Centre in Darwen, the nine-strong team got to work reinvigorating two calm rooms and also outside the centre – using paint kindly donated by Crown Paint.

As part of the work the apprentices added splashes of colour and character to the two rooms, which will help facilitate a calming and friendly environment for the young people attending the centre.

Training 2000’s challenge team leader Michael said:

“These are vital facilities and all of the team has been delighted to be able to get involved, donating their time to start making a difference at the centre for all the young people who attend.”

To learn more about the challenge itself, visit

Apprentices take on engineering challenge

Four apprentices have entered the World Skills UK competition Heats this week, in a task that covered all aspects of fabrication and welding.

Creating a crane station, they had to manage each assembly process throughout, followed by the completion of the final fit-up and tack weld.

Taking seven-and-a-half hours in total, the completed pieces were then taken away by the judge, who will check them against the engineering drawing for accuracy.

We will find out how they got on at a later date – good look to all of them!

Learn more about the engineering courses we provide by clicking here.

Business Breakfast Sees Apprentices Take Charge!

A group of Training 2000 apprentices have successfully ran a business breakfast aimed at engaging with businesses about the benefits of hiring an apprentice within their workforce.

Part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, the event included a talk from team leader Michael, who highlighted the benefits he has felt from completing an apprenticeship, how this has impacted on his day-to-day role, and what he sees himself doing in the future.

The event also included a short presentation on what the Brathay Challenge is, with some statistics on how apprenticeships are benefiting organisations across the country.

The session ended with a round table discussion on apprenticeships and how they currently work in each organisation who attended the 90-minute breakfast – and saw a number of businesses complete a questionnaire declaring that they found the event beneficial and would continue to support apprenticeships within their businesses going forward.

Challenge Team Leader Michael, who also works in the finance team at Training 2000, said:

“This was a great opportunity to talk to businesses about apprenticeships and how they can help both the learner and business grow and thrive.

“As apprentices ourselves we all passionately wanted to get involved and organise this event as part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, and we are really glad it went well.”

To learn more about employing an apprentice, visit our dedicated webpage by clicking here.

Training 2000 Employees take on Charity Challenge

Two groups of Training 2000 employees have taken on a charity challenge, raising funds for a vital cause.

Teams have entered the ‘It’s a Knockout’ Roadshow which is being held at Preston Fun Fest on Saturday 30th April – raising money towards 97.4 Rock FM’s Cash for Kids Charity.

Taking on a challenging tournament course which is designed to test both their stamina and logic skills, the competitors will be up against a range of team’s also raising money towards the charity providing a helping hand to disabled and disadvantaged children across Lancashire.

Training 2000 regularly works alongside Cash for Kids, recently raising over £550 during the annual Engineering Awards, held at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Clayton-Le-Moors.

The team are also supporting their efforts by hosting a bake sale, charity car wash and much more.

If you would like to donate to the team and support their efforts, please click here.

Successful Launch as Cyber Security Centre Has Lift-Off!

Over 80 people attended the official opening of Training 2000’s new state-of-the-art Cyber Security Centre – with the facility fully equipped to provide expert training for businesses, protecting against the real threat posed by a cyber-attack.

With the ribbon cut by Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, the event included keynote speakers which highlight the ever increasing importance of the digital world for businesses across almost every industry, and the risks attached to this new cyber-world.

Delegates also heard about one businesses experience of cyber-crime, with MNH Platinum Ltd’s managing director Mark Hindle outlining how a ransomware threatened the businesses data after gaining access via a phishing attack.

Training 2000 CEO Steve Gray, who opened the event, said:

“Cyber Security is not just about IT systems, it is about people – making sure your employees are fully aware of the cyber risks and how to respond to them should be crucial for any organisation.

“The vision for this centre is to become the Cyber Security Hub for the North of England and it was fantastic to see so many businesses have the opportunity to experience the facility for themselves.”

Andrew Stephenson MP said: “I was really pleased to have the opportunity to open what is an impressive facility, which offers a vital service to businesses within Lancashire and beyond.

“Cyber security and the need for businesses to manage the risk and protect their interests has never been more crucial, and I am sure that businesses from across the North will benefit from the training which will be provided from the Nelson centre.”

To learn more about the training courses on offer at the Cyber Security Centre and how they could benefit your business, visit and for more information, contact 01254 54659 or email [email protected].


Training 2000 Engineering Awards sees apprenticeship stars recognised

The Training 2000 Engineering Awards saw around 150 apprentices, trainers and businesses celebrate their achievements throughout the last 12 months at the annual event.

With awards recognising the hard work of apprentices, businesses and staff towards developing the engineers of the future, the ceremony took place in the grand surroundings of the Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Clayton-le-Moors.

Hosted by the 97.4 Rock FM Breakfast Show’s Darryl Morris, the event included an opening address from Training 2000 CEO Steve Gray, who marked the organisations 50th year by taking invited guests through the past half-century, utilising press cuttings and photos.

This was followed by a presentation from a Training 2000 apprentice working at Rolls Royce Barnoldswick about how his apprenticeship has developed him, and success in the WorldSkillsUK competition.

The awards were presented Blackburn with Darwen Council Chief Executive and Training 2000 board member Harry Catherall.

Also during the night donations were made towards Rock FM’s Cash for Kids charity, with the event raising over £550.

To learn more about the engineering courses available at Training 2000, click here.

You can also view some images from the event.

Excel With a Business Administration Traineeship

Training 2000 is offering free Business Administration traineeships which will provide learners with the skills and knowledge they need to go onto an apprenticeship within the sector.

Starting on Wednesday, 27th April in Blackburn, the course will help learners develop their CV alongside the skills they will need to take on a Business Admin role and visiting local companies to see how they operate – with the programme can last up to 20 weeks.

With a possible weekly bursary of up to £30 and travel expenses paid subject to attendance, the course includes one to one support and a guaranteed interview for an apprenticeship on successful completion.

Please text Sarah direct with the word ‘Job’ on 07468 710141 to show interest and she will be in touch.

Dental Course Offers ‘Jaw-Dropping’ Opportunity

A free course is offering 16 – 18 year olds the opportunity to get ahead with a career in dentistry, at our Harwood Street Headquarters in Blackburn.

Providing an introduction to the job role, the course will also help students with employability skills such as interview techniques, CV management, career planning and more.

Students will attend class two days a week with one day home study – receiving a bursary of £25 per week whilst Training 2000 will also cover the cost of travel, subject to attendance.

To register you can apply online and get in contact via [email protected] to confirm your interest and secure your place.

Brathay Challenge Team Set to Host Breakfast Briefing

Training 2000’s Brathay Apprentice Challenge team are hosting a breakfast briefing this month – inviting companies from across East Lancashire to learn more about how hiring an apprentice can benefit your organisation.

Taking place on Tuesday, April 19 from 8:30am at Training 2000’s Blackburn headquarters on Hargreaves Street, the event will see several apprentices talk about how they have benefitted from becoming an apprentice, and how other organisations could benefit from hiring one.

The event will include speakers, presentations and the opportunity to network with other businesses.

Brathay Challenge team leader Michael Buckley will open the event, outlining his experiences as a finance apprentice at the training provider, and ask employers to consider how they could benefit from hiring an apprentice within their organisation.

The Brathay Apprentice Challenge is a national competition which sees teams of apprentices from businesses across the country promoting the value of apprenticeships and earning points – which will hopefully gain them a place at the finals, set to take place in June.

If you would like to attend the business breakfast, call 01254 54659 or email [email protected].

To learn more about how your business could benefit from hiring an apprentice, click here.