Team UK Hungary For Success

The finest young skilled apprentices from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have been selected to represent the UK at Europe’s most important and prestigious skills competition, including Training 2000 and FortVale CNC Milling apprentice, Elliott.

Team UK – which heads to the EuroSkills Finals in Budapest from 26 to 28 September – will comprise of 22 elite competitors skilled in a broad spectrum of disciplines from engineering to construction, digital to creative.

Dr Neil Bentley, CEO of WorldSkills UK, which selects and trains Team UK to the highest international standard, said: “This will be a life-enhancing opportunity for these remarkable young people.

“After Brexit, our economic success as a nation will be dependent on our ability to close major trade deals and attract inward investment – and this will always hinge on demonstrating we have people with the right skills.

“Team UK are the embodiment not only of the kinds of traits and characteristics that we should aspire for in a young workforce, but for the UK Government’s ambitions for Global Britain too.

“They are leaders of their generation – and will inspire many more to walk in their footsteps.”

Governments and industry will be watching with interest to benchmark how well Team UK performs compared to the country’s main European competitors.  At the previous EuroSkills finals, held in 2016 in Gothenburg – Team UK finished seventh.

To secure a place in Team UK, the apprentices and learners have been through an exhaustive selection process, taking part in the prestigious WorldSkills UK National Competitions, the finals of which are held at WorldSkills UK LIVE.

Good luck Elliott!

National Recognition for Accountancy Apprentice

Huge congratulations are in order for Training 2000 Level 4 AAT accountancy apprentice, Joe.

Joe’s employer, Gow & Partners from Blackburn, submitted an application to the GTA England National Apprenticeship Awards.  Out of 12,500 apprentices in the Business Services category, Joe was shortlisted to the final four . The awards were presented at the prestigious SEMTA Skills Awards in London.

Sandy Gow, Director of Gow & Partners said “Joe has a gift that gives him the ability to talk and feel comfortable with clients and partners alike, as well as concentrate on the figures. He has grown in confidence and can relate to the individuals needs and understand them. Through communication with them, he ensures they receive an excellent service. He is an inspiration being so young, aged 20, with so much potential to continue to grow the business. Being shortlisted for an industry-leading national award is a fantastic achievement. I am so proud.”

Joe added “When I first started my apprenticeship my confidence was very low, but because of the help and guidance I’ve received from both Sandy and Training 2000, I’m now able to go into important business meetings and talk confidently. When I heard that I had been shortlisted for the award, I was so proud of myself.  It’s a huge achievement.”

Joe was recently presented his award by Steph Whalley, Director of Business & Educational Standards at Training 2000 and Mark Maudsley, Chief Executive of GTA England.

Steph Whalley, said “It’s fantastic to see how much young apprentices can achieve with the right determination, support and opportunity. I am proud that Training 2000 has been able to be a part of Joe’s journey to success and a worthwhile career in accounting. He is a credit to his company – Gow & Partners, who really do go the extra mile to help their apprentices  gain skills, experience and knowledge which sets them up for life.”

Chief Executive of GTA England. Mark added, “We were delighted to hold our awards at such a prestigious event, this allowed us to showcase the work of Group Training Associations (GTA); if employers and our members are the crown of GTA England; then the apprentices are our jewels.”

Accountancy apprentice Joe getting an award

Accountancy apprentice Joe with Gill and Nic

Accountancy apprentice Joe getting an award

Sonya becomes Blackburn Carer Champion

One of our Engagement Advisors, Sonya has recently  officially been trained to become a Blackburn Carer Champion.

She was asked to become Care Champion after making a number of referrals to them and they recognised that Training 2000 support young adult carers and wanted to formalise this.

Sonya said “It’s an honour to be made a champion, the work that they do is essential to the young carers of Blackburn. I’m in a great position working at Training 2000 with young people to give the help and support to young carers if they need it.”

Carers service can offer lots of help and support to young people to stay in education and employment by supporting with their care responsibilities and helping them to understand their benefit options. They also offer lots of fun rest bite sessions.  

For more information on how the Blackburn Carers can help support you visit their website.