Plumb bob – the next generation

It’s the end of an era in the Training 2000 engineering department as the final plumb bob has been produced. Plumb bob’s have been a part of the engineering apprentice programme for many years and will be replaced with a new task which reflects the pace of changing technology.

To mark the occasion our longest serving engineering instructor Pete Young led the design and production of a giant plumb bob, produced in centre using CNC machining capability. Pete presented the piece to Training 2000’s CEO, Steve Gray along with an engraved plaque reading “It’s like bidding farewell to an old work mate, no more plumb bob shall we make. This is the end of the training god, forever more our last plumb bob”.

Speaking of the gift Steve Gray said “I was genuinely overwhelmed with the craftsmanship of the piece and the sentiment that the engineering team showed in producing this for me. It made my day and I’m excited for the next generation plumb bob.”

What is a plumb bob?

A plumb bob or a plummet is a weight, usually with a pointed tip on the bottom, that is suspended from a string and used as a vertical reference line, or plumb-line. It is essentially the vertical equivalent of a “water level”.

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Apprentice Wins National Award

A Training 2000 apprentice has received an Apprentice Installer Award at the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) annual dinner.

Max Wheeler, a second-year apprentice working for Chubb Fire & Security in Coventry was the overall winner, for his drive and enthusiasm alongside his natural aptitude for engineering.

Max has been commended for continually showing a willingness to stretch himself, to gain new knowledge and reach his goals early.

He has received regular praise from all of the staff that he has worked with, many of which request Max’s attendance on their jobs.

Max has also received positive feedback from his NVQ assessor, as well as other company trainers, and has been recognised as someone who is determined to be ‘best in class’.

Max said:

“My dad contracted for a security company where I also worked for some time – my first taste of the industry, which I really enjoyed. To be nominated by my colleagues at the Coventry Branch was a real honour, a sign that the company is keen to invest in its young people.

The support from the training provider, Training 2000 in Blackburn, and the company has been fantastic. To win is proof that I can accomplish all that I strive to achieve in everything I do. This award is a great boost to my career and future positions within the business.”

To learn more about the range of engineering courses Training 2000 offer, click here.

‘Try Before You Apply’ at Our Engineering Open Days

The engineers of the future will have the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of activities, apply for an apprenticeship and be matched with live vacancies at Training 2000’s upcoming engineering open days.

Taking place between 9am and 4pm on Tuesday, 12 July in Nelson at Training 2000’s Netherfield Road site and Wednesday 13 July at our Blackburn HQ on Harwood Street.

With interactive workshops offering the opportunity to learn more about a range of engineering disciplines, CV workshops and career advice, potential apprentices will also be able to apply and complete an initial interview on the day – with a host of vacancies available at engineering vacancies across the North West.

If you want to learn more about the open days, contact [email protected].

To view our latest vacancies, click here.

First Look at New Pioneering Advanced Manufacturing Automation Centre

Industry leaders from across the North West will have the opportunity to gain a first-hand look at a new state-of-the-art engineering & manufacturing facility at several upcoming seminars.

Held on Wednesday 20 July and Wednesday 3 August, the free pre-launch breakfast briefings will include tours of the Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Centre (AMAC), presentations and networking opportunities.

The £1m Advanced Manufacturing Automation Centre (AMAC) includes the latest technologies and equipment, with industry-experienced trainers upskilling learners and commercial staff across a range of courses and disciplines.

£800,000 was received towards the project from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, supporting the key goals of the AMAC to build skills in advanced manufacturing and ensure the North West Lancashire workforce, both current and future gains the skills and knowledge necessary in a 21st century engineering and manufacturing environment.

To book your free place click here and book online – for more information contact Lauren at [email protected]