‘Weld-Done’ to Engineering Competition Team!

Four apprentices have finished as runners up in a national competition.

The Weld Off 2016 final saw Training 2000’s team compete with three others  – with the bright sparks challenged to deliver a piece of welding creativity which demonstrated their ability and knowledge.

The theme was ‘God Save the Queen’, recognising Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday, with the live ‘Weld Off’ taking place at Speedy’s National Distribution Centre in Staffordshire – and the Training 2000 team delivered a carriage to mark the Royal occasion.

The teams faced a series of challenges, including a Q&A, safety round, welding skills section and creative test.

Derek Neve, Training 2000 Engineering Manager said:

“Finishing runners-up against such tough competition is a fantastic achievement for each member of our team, who demonstrated their growing welding abilities and created a high quality piece of work.

“Each learner demonstrated the variety of skills and knowledge they have learnt during their course and should be proud of their achievements during the Weld Off contest.”

If you would like to learn more about our engineering courses and apprenticeships, visit our dedicated engineering section.

We also have some fantastic apprenticeship vacancies currently live on the website – find out more.


Bus Inspection as Learners Keep People Moving

Heavy Vehicle Mechanics learners gained some ‘real world’ experience as bus & coach tour company Moving People kindly let them use one of their vehicles.

Part of their course requires students to carry out a full vehicle inspection, and the employers kind donation allowed learners to complete the task on a vehicle which is in service, whilst learning about how vehicles used in a different industry operates.

Steve Hodgson, Business Manager for Automotive said:

“This was a great opportunity for our learners to experience what a full vehicle inspection on a vehicle is like in a working day – increasing their skills on a vehicle which is currently in use.

“It was fantastic that Moving People allowed our learners the opportunity to complete this vital part of their training with one of their vehicles, and I know our students benefited from the experience.”

Apprenticeship Reform Event in Partnership With Accountancy Experts

Training 2000’s Nelson site is set to host an informative apprenticeship reform event in June – in partnership with chartered accountants Beever and Struthers.

Taking place on Thursday, June 9 from 8:30am until 12:00pm, the seminar will include expert advice on the ongoing reforms, from the Apprenticeship Levy to ‘Trailblazer’ Standards.

Looking how the reforms will impact on businesses both financially and also the delivery of training, this crucial session will give an in depth look at when businesses have to pay the levy and how much it will cost, alongside information on the new, business-led apprenticeship standards and how funding will be accessed for both levy paying and non-paying companies.

The event follows on from Training 2000’s successful apprenticeship reform event which took place earlier in May – and saw over 40 businesses attend to learn more about the reforms.

If you would like to secure your place on the event or find out more, email Shannon Elkins at Beever and Struthers on [email protected]

Buckingham Palace Visit for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Anniversary

Representatives from Training 2000 attended the Diamond Anniversary Gold Award Presentation in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

Invited as a centre which delivers the award to young people across the North West, two members of staff presented as part of the event a commemorative badge along with other organisations who have been involved in the award through its 60 year history.

As part of the presentations, attendees heard from a range of guest presenters including TV host Holly Willoughby and double Paralympic Gold Medal winner Hannah Cockcroft.

Groups were then visited by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, who talked to guests about the work their organisations do in providing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as an opportunity to young people.

Engineering manager Dave Tolen, who attended the ceremony said:

“It was a great honour to attend this historic occasion to celebrate how learners benefit from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, including many at Training 2000.”

To find out more about the courses and apprenticeship opportunities we offer, contact us.

Training 2000 hosts Apprenticeship Reform Seminar

Over 40 delegates from businesses across a range of industries attended Training 2000’s first Apprenticeship Reform Seminar – learning the latest information about the new Trailblazer standards and Apprenticeship Levy.

Held in Nelson at the Netherfield Road centre, the session launched with an informative overview of the changes within the apprenticeship sector – firstly talking attendees through the new trailblazer standards, which outline the basis for what a learner will be doing and the skills required for each particular job role.

Also discussed was the Apprenticeship Levy – set to impact businesses with a payroll of over £3million, how this impacts on training provision for levy paying and non-paying companies and feeds into the overall funding model.

With businesses ranging from small, locally focused companies to UK and international-wide Levy payers, they session gave a really useful insight into how the reforms are impacting and will continue to impact apprenticeship and training provision.

If you would like to learn more about the reforms and how they could affect you and your business, email your questions to [email protected].

Training 2000 join forces with Vantage Toyota for pioneering hybrid vehicle course

Training 2000 has joined forces with Vantage Toyota to help increase awareness about Hybrid Electric Vehicles within the automotive sector, through a number of safety courses which are being run by the North West training provider.

The automotive centre now delivers Level 2 / Level 3 Awards in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Operation and Maintenance. This has been kindly supported by Vantage Toyota, Blackburn, who are supporting the program by loaning with the latest TOYOTA Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

The qualification also provides the essential knowledge and skills for members of the emergency services who may attend an incident involving a high voltage hybrid electric vehicle.

The UK has one of the fastest growing ultra-low emission vehicle markets in the world, to support this there is the need for fully trained technicians.

Steve Hodgson, Business Manager for Automotive said:

“It’s great that Vantage Toyota are supporting Training 2000 with the delivery of what is a really important qualification for anyone who may need to work around a vehicles hybrid electric system – the relationship with Vantage and the use of Toyota Hybrid electric vehicles for use during training, has given us the opportunity to help candidates understand the safety aspects of the high voltage system, also increasing their skills and awareness, whilst meeting BSI standards.”

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