Chance to attend selection competition for WorldSkills Team UK!

As Training 2000 prepares to host selection competitions as young people look to become part of Team UK which will compete in WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, employers, schools and stakeholders are invited to watch competitors in action and experience the atmosphere for themselves.

The selection process will take place from 28-31 March in the £1.2m Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre which opened in September last year.

The selection tasks will take place in a full skills competition atmosphere, with employers, schools, apprentices and other invited guests watching the challengers in action.

The competition time slots for visitors are:


Wednesday 29th March:                               9:30am – 11:30 am          1:00pm – 3:00pm

Thursday 30th March:                                    9:30am – 11:30am           1:00pm – 3:00pm

Friday 31st March:                                          9:30am – 11:30am


This is a unique opportunity to experience a WorldSkills competition atmosphere, support Team UK ahead of the international competition and also view the pioneering Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre in action.

If you’re interested in attending, please let us know which slots you would be interested in by contacting The Marketing Team on 01254 54659 or email [email protected] including what organisation you are attending from and the number of visitors.

Orlandos Restaurant Launches Exciting New Menu to the Public

Training 2000’s Orlandos restaurant, located at the Blackburn HQ on Harwood Street, has launched an exciting new menu and anyone will be able to try it for themselves!

With breakfast and lunch options available, alongside buffets which can be booked for external events across East Lancashire, Orlandos Restaurant has a fantastic reputation for serving quality, fresh food to staff, learners and the general public alike.

Recently Orlandos staff celebrated achieving the ‘Recipe 4 Health’ gold award which highlights food businesses that offer healthier choices as part of their offer, from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council – which compliments a food hygiene rating of five.

On offer is also the Orlandos Coffee Club and the ability to pre-order your lunch by email before 10.30am each day.

Got a question? Want to place an order? Email [email protected] or drop into the restaurant and say hello!

Augmented Reality Technology for AMAC

Training 2000’s Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre (AMAC) is utilising augmented reality technology to enhance the learning experience and bring the innovative technology into manufacturing.

Utilising an application which can be installed onto any phone or tablet device, learners can use real life triggers to access learning slides, link to websites and product datasheets – which could relate to specific activities, tools or equipment.

This will allow the centre’s technical trainers to set tasks and activities in an interactive way – including through the use of video and audio.

Viewing the AMAC through a smart phone or tablet device highlights where the opportunities to interact are – meaning that the pioneering technology hosted within the £1.2 facility is brought further to life.

All this furthers the aims of the centre, to build the skills of the workforce and businesses across the region.

The technology was recently demonstrated at Training 2000’s February open evenings – where the apprentices of the future had the chance to see the Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre fully operational and talk to the trainers that run it.

The centre will also be hosting selection for WorldSkills competitors ahead of Abu Dhabi 2017.

If you want to learn more about the AMAC and the variety of training courses for current engineering & manufacturing workers, click here.

You can also view the range of apprenticeship vacancies Training 2000 has available and apply online today.

Kelsey Builds Surveying Career as Industry’s ‘Youngest’ UK Trainee After Business Apprenticeship

A former Training 2000 apprentice is taking her career to the next level as potentially the youngest Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Trainee in the UK.

Regional Buildings Assessments (RBA), in Rishton, initially hired Kelsey as a business administration apprentice to support the surveying practice, which offers specialist property surveys, and its operation in the office.

After completing both Level 2 & 3 within her apprenticeship, the business recognized her potential and saw the opportunity for Kelsey to progress onto an industry qualification and she is currently 6 months into a degree level diploma in residential surveying & valuation through a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors approved qualification route (RICS).

RBA Principal Partner and Kelsey’s manager Steve Roberts said that in his experience within the industry, this makes Kelsey almost certainly the youngest surveying trainee in the UK and will make her the youngest RICS approved residential surveyor in the country once qualified in 2018.

Steve added:

“It was fantastic to see Kelsey grow throughout her apprenticeship and really help the business at the same time as developing skills and confidence.

“We are as excited as Kelsey that she is now taking on this fantastic opportunity to become a qualified surveyor, and just goes to show the skills she gained through her apprenticeship together with the great transferable qualities, acumen and ethos Kelsey developed with Training 2000.”

“It is also a testament to the team at Training 2000 that we have in the last few months taken on a new level 2 business administration apprentice – whom Kelsey is mentoring.”

Kelsey said:

“My time at Training 2000 accelerated my career development and provided me with key skills for the workplace – both in my current role and the one I’m moving into with my surveying qualification.”

Who knows where an apprenticeship could take you? Take a look at our vacancies & apply today!


Training 2000 to Host Selection for Global Skills Competition

Training 2000’s Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre has been named as one of four host venues where young people will compete for a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the UK at World Skills Abu Dhabi 2017.

The selection process will take place from 28-31 March and Training 2000 will be hosting the CNC milling & CNC turning selection competition in the new £1.2m Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre which opened in September last year.

Billed as the world’s largest – and toughest – skills competition, there are nearly 100 young people on the World Skills UK training programme for the competition, taking place from 14-19 October in the UAE.

Current apprentices, businesses and schools will be invited to observe the competition and gain inspiration from those taking part.

Steve Gray, Training 2000 CEO said:

“We’re delighted that our Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre has been chosen as a host venue for the selection of Team UK competitors, who will take part in the World Skills competition in Abu Dhabi – the world’s largest vocational skills competition.”

“We’re a strong supporter of the competition, with Training 2000 finishing 5th out of 140 providers at World Skills UK 2016, and we’re excited to host this selection as participants who have already proven their abilities at the national level compete for a place in this truly global event.”

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK which manages the UK’s entry into international skills competitions said: “Those competing in the selection for Team UK are inspirational role models. By hosting the event as part of the skills celebration in the North West and working with the host colleges and training venues, we can show young people just how far an apprenticeship can take them.”

Team UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will be announced on 21 April.

Learn more about our Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre.