Training 2000 Marks National Women in Engineering Day

Learners and staff celebrated National Women in Engineering Day, welcoming pupils from an East Lancashire school who experienced a day in the life of an engineering apprentice.

Twelve girls from Sir John Thursby Community College in Burnley visited Training 2000’s Blackburn Engineering Centre, learning more about engineering and the opportunities available for building a career in the sector.

Using CNC machines to create their very own brass ‘rolo’, the visitors then created their very own domino keyrings, learning more about drilling, cutting and filing – before a presentation which promoted the exciting and varied potential careers which are possible within engineering.

This all took place on National Women in Engineering Day 2016, designed to highlight the variety of opportunities in engineering for women and aimed at improving diversity within the sector – organised by the Women’s Engineering Society.

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Cyber Security risks discussed at event for East Lancashire businesses

Nearly 40 delegates from businesses across East Lancashire attended an East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce event which highlighted the precautions and processes needed to ensure your business is cyber secure, and the risks posed by hackers to organisations across a wide variety of industries.

Hosted by Training 2000’s Cyber Security team, the event included presentations from Sarah Green, Cyber Security business manager at the Lancashire-based training provider, Karen Ullah of Daisy Group and Simon Whittaker from Sagar Insurances.

Highlighting the scale of the risk posed by cyber criminals to businesses within Lancashire and beyond, the event allowed delegates to gain a key insight into their own organisation’s security and how they could prevent a cyber breach, or minimise its impact.

There was also the opportunity to tour Training 2000’s Cyber Security Centre, including the fully iMac equipped ‘Cyber Lab’, break-out room and lecture theatre.

Sarah Green, Training 2000’s Cyber Security business manager said: “By holding this event, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce have highlighted the very real risks which businesses face from cyber criminals and their ability to steal sensitive data and money – importantly this risk is not just faced by large corporations but by SME’s across the region.

“The weaknesses in an organisation’s cyber defences is often a lack of employee knowledge – it is critical that staff know what to look out for and how to act in the event of an attempted breach”.

For more information, email the Cyber Security team [email protected], call on 01254 54659 and visit the dedicated web section

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Cyber Security Drop-in Clinic for Local Businesses

A drop in clinic is taking place this month which will help businesses to gain useful information about how cyber security and protecting your data is a necessity in the modern world.

Held at Training 2000’s Cyber Security Centre in Nelson on Wednesday 29th June, between 9:30am and 4pm, the informal drop in session will allow businesses to get an insight into how secure their own organisation is against a range of common cyber threats.

There will also be the opportunity to see some of the techniques that hackers utilise in action to fully understand the very real threats which are faced by organisations and the multiple methods which criminals use to access company data and finances.

Sarah Green, Business Manager – Cyber Security said: “Helping businesses understand where their potential vulnerabilities lie is a key step in implementing good practice and procedures which significantly reduce the risk of a cyber breach.

“Employees are the gateway into your business, so making sure that staff across all levels fully understand the signs of a cyber-attack and know how to respond could make all the difference.”

Training 2000’s Cyber Security team will be on-hand all day to answer all your questions – techie or not, so please feel free to use this session to come and grab a coffee and enjoy our cyber centre.

For more information, contact us via [email protected] or call 01254 54659.

Cyber latest: Banks failing to take cyber-crime seriously, report claims

A story in the Financial Times this month has claimed that the UK financial sector must to more to combat cyber crime.

Lobby group TheCityUK has claimed that outside a handful of businesses, not many banks are taking the necessary steps to improve cyber security within the sector, in spite of them providing ‘the perfect target’ for hackers.

Describing cyber crime as a ‘large, systematic risk’, John McFarlane, chairman of Barclays and of TheCityUK added that more had to be done by individual firms alongside the industry collectively.
Training 2000’s cyber security head Sarah Green commented: “It is true that the financial sector is an extremely lucrative target for cyber criminal, both in terms of the large amounts of sensitive data they possess alongside the obvious financial incentives for launching an attack.

It is crucial that banks, like businesses across every sector, take the necessary steps now to make themselves more cyber secure, or they risk playing catch up with hackers intent on causing financial and reputational harm.

Apprenticeship Reform Seminar Follows Well-Received Event

A seminar is all set to be held next month on the ongoing apprenticeship reforms following a successful event in May which saw over 40 delegates from businesses across the North West learning about the changes.

Held at Training 2000’s Nelson centre on Thursday, July 28th from 8:30am until 11am, the session will update attendees on the very latest information available relating to apprenticeship reform.

The seminar will include insight into the upcoming Apprenticeship Levy, where organisations with an annual payroll over £3m will have to contribute 0.5% of their overall payroll figure towards the training of apprenticeships, alongside the latest information on the apprenticeship standards which are replacing the frameworks previously in place, with much more input from businesses in their development.

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

To secure your free place, click here.

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Cyber latest: Two thirds of big UK businesses hit by cyber attack in last year

The latest Cyber Security Breaches Survey has revealed that two-thirds of big UK businesses have been hit by a cyber attack during the past year.

With most of the attacks involving viruses, spyware or malware, this latest update highlights the growing dangers faced through cyber crime.

The survey suggested that 7 out of 10 attacks could have been prevented – with no more than 20% understanding the dangers which stem from sharing information with third parties.

Sarah Green, Training 2000’s business manager for cyber security said of the survey:

“This highlights the huge effect cyber crime is having across businesses within the UK – and whilst this study focuses on larger organisations the same is true for small and medium companies who need to put in place a structure to prevent and mitigate the huge impact a cyber-attack can have on your organisation.”

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Apprenticeship Reforms Factsheet – Key Information for Businesses

There are many ongoing reforms within the apprenticeship sector, including as the new ‘Trailblazer’ standards which provide the basis for all apprenticeships going forward – replacing the previous frameworks – and the Apprenticeship Levy which will come into force from April 2017.

To help businesses get to grips with the changes, we have created a factsheet which provides some key information on each element of the reforms, and will be updated as new information is published.

To download the May/June Factsheet, please click here.

If you have any questions or would like information on any upcoming apprenticeship reform events, you can contact us by emailing [email protected]


Engineering company builds workforce through placements

An East Lancashire engineering firm who look to hire young people through work placements have discussed how providing opportunities to young people is a key part of their recruitment process.

BCW Engineering, based on Innovation Drive, Bancroft Road in Burnley, have offered a variety of opportunities over the years to learners on Training 2000’s work preparation programme – which aims to increase the employability of young people and help them access an apprenticeship or gain employment.

One of those who gained a position and has thrived within the business is Imran, who has been with BCW Engineering for 5 years and works in the part marking team.

Imran said:

“It was fantastic to be offered the opportunity to work at such a great organisation, since initially starting on a placement to gain work experience I have moved to full time work and progressed in my career.”

Another member of staff who initially joined BCW after completing Training 2000’s work preparation programme is Taslima – who is now hired as a business admin apprentice, continuing her learning through the training provider.

Taslima added:

“Working as part of a busy HR department is great experience and completing my apprenticeship gives me additional knowledge whilst gaining qualifications.

“That initial increase in confidence and skills I gained from the work programme at Training 2000 really helped when I took on the placement at BCW Engineering and allowed me to obtain my apprenticeship role.”

Gordon Cassie, HR Director at BCW Engineering explained why the company focused on hiring staff this way when possible:

“BCW has been an advocate of work experience from the very early days of the businesses development and our relationship with Training 2000 and the youth development programmes it runs are a significant contributor to our success.

“It forms part of the company’s ethos/core values, providing young people an opportunity when possible to fulfil their potential is really rewarding, and we have numerous success stories of those that have taken roles within BCW and those that have moved on. BCW has benefitted greatly from this approach to recruitment and strongly believes that providing work experience contributes to up skilling and gives career focus to the young people in our community”.

“Even when we cannot offer a position at the end of them we are still keen whenever we can to help people build experience.”

If you would like to know more about Training 2000’s Steps to Success work preparation programme, click here.

If you are a business who would like to discuss offering a placement to one of our learners, get in touch.

Accountancy Apprentice Recognised Through Industry Awards

An accountancy apprentice has been recognised for her achievements after being nominated for a national award.

Ellenor, who is currently studying for her Level 4 AAT at Training 2000 after completing both Level 2 and 3 with the training provider, was shortlisted the for AAT Apprentice of the Year 2016 at this year’s Training Provider Awards.

Working within the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust finance team, Ellenor has excelled within her role, gaining 3 promotions in two years and growing her skills and knowledge – which she has been able to take straight into the workplace.

Ellenor explained that choosing an apprenticeship has worked really well for her career development:

“I feel I have progressed quickly and it was definitely the best choice for me as a person. I truly feel that work experience is the greatest asset to employers and there are so many benefits for the individual and the organisation in taking on apprenticeships.”

If you would like to learn more about the accounting and finance apprenticeships available, visit our dedicated webpage.