Chris Stott – CEO

Chris Stott joined Training 2000 as Head of Business Development in 2018 and has now been appointed as Chief Executive Office with immediate effect following the retirement of Steve Whitehead.

Chris brings his significant experience in the industrial and education sectors along with an exceptional track record of customer focused, high quality delivery and growth in both professional and technical learning.

Chris began his career in manufacturing completing a printing apprenticeship and becoming a Production Manager within Europe’s largest printing company. In 2003 Chris decided to take a change of career direction and to impart some of the knowledge and experience he had gained over 20 years in industry. He qualified as a teacher and assessor and began teaching at a local FE College. Since then Chris has moved on to project manage large scale national training projects and worked in partnership with some of Britain’s largest employers. Chris remains passionate about the power of training and the value the apprenticeships bring to businesses and the UK economy and above all the opportunity they offer to the individual.

Training 2000 tutor supports WorldSkills competitors

Training 2000 have been involved with WorldSkills competitions for many years, but this year we have an extra reason to celebrate. One of our Advanced Technical Tutors in Engineering has become the WorldSkills Training Manager for CNC Turning.

Mark Aspinall is preparing the team for the competitions and selection for WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan (Russia).

Recently he has been at DMG Mori for the WorldSkills B2B training camp supporting and training Jack from DMG Mori and Kris from FortVale. Kris is a Training 2000 apprentice and has already had great success at the WorldSkills UK competition. You can read his story here

Watch Kris, Jack and Elliott (a FortVale/Training 2000 apprentice who is competing in the CNC Turning category) talk about their experiences so far.

Houghto-mix unit

Here’s our Technical Engineer Dave and Phil, Equipment Project Engineer for Houghton, proudly showing off our newly commissioned Houghto-mix unit in our Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Centre.

The Houghto-mix unit will provide each of the CNC machine tools with the correct concentration of coolant.

This type of equipment is used to help businesses with time saving, cost saving and housekeeping improvements.

A little bit extra for our automotive apprentices

You get a little bit extra when become a Training 2000 automotive apprentice. 

Our Heavy Vehicle apprentices are given free membership of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers. This is one of the most respected names in UK transport and supports engineers throughout their careers and encourages high standards with an emphasis on safety and best practice.


We’ve recently been visited by Halford’s Trade Manager, who has been explaining the advantages of a Halford’s Trade discount card.

The Trade Discount Card is FREE to all our Automotive apprentices!

Apprentices raise money for Derian House

A huge congratulations are in order for a group of Level 2/3 Business Admin apprentices who braved the cold and rain to walk up Pendle Hill while raising money for Derian House.

The group raised a grand total of £1473.79 which will give much needed support to Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Elaine Middleton from the charity came in to Training 2000 for us to present her with the cheque and show her pictures of their walk.

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Advanced machining technology takes centre stage at aerospace productivity days

Technology partnership highlights machining strategies

Training 2000 will join forces with WNT, Open Mind, DMG Mori and UCLAN, to deliver a series of advanced machining strategy days aimed at the aerospace sector. Taking place at our state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Centre (AMAC) in Blackburn.  

Following on from similar milling strategy days, this series of events will take place on the 27th and 28th February, but with a specific focus on the benefits that high-performance circular segment milling can bring to the machining of structural and aerofoil components in the aerospace sector. Delegates to the events, which take place in the morning and afternoon on each day, will see first-hand how the combination of WNT’s 3D Finish (tapered conical barrel tools) solid carbide milling tools and OPEN MIND’s hyperMILL MAXX Machining CAD CAM software can deliver significant cycle time savings (up to 90 per cent), as well as the improvements in surface quality that can be achieved.

Each two-hour session will consist of brief presentations from WNT, OPEN MIND, DMG Mori and Training 2000, followed by a demonstration of the capabilities of the 3D Finish tools and OPEN MIND’s milling strategy on Training 2000’s DMU 75 monoBlock five-axis machining centre. The test piece replicates typical challenges faced by the aerospace sector, these being deep pockets, such as those found on aero-structures and free-form profiles typical of turbine blades.

To maximise the benefit for delegates, places are limited for each of the four free to attend sessions (AM or PM) therefore pre-registration is essential. Those interested in attending can register and complete the online booking form.


“As a technology partner of Training 2000 its excellent AMAC facility located in the heart of the north west’s aerospace cluster is an ideal venue for these aerospace milling productivity days. The response to our previous events has been excellent, with many delegates recognising the immediate impact that this milling strategy can have on their machining performance,” says Tony Pennington, Managing Director, Ceratizit WNT Ltd.


Further details of the Circular Segment milling strategy and its benefits can be found here.

Ben’s early Christmas present

Our Automotive team have shown that we really are an amazing place with amazing people.

They have all clubbed together and bought their admin apprentice, Ben, a car. The car was nearly a write off when it was bought, but the tutors and automotive apprentices have brought it back to life as part of their apprenticeship.

Ben was completely overwhelmed when he found out it was for him, he said it was the best surprise he’d ever received. He didn’t think that anyone would do something so kind for him.

Ben can’t thank everyone enough for what they have done.

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WorldSkills 2017 Success

A huge congratulations are in order for two engineering apprentices Kris and Elliott, who both work for FortVale Engineering and Ben who works at R Briggs, took part in the WorldSkills UK Finals at the NEC Birmingham. This huge event sees apprentices from across the country competing to become the best in their discipline.

Elliott just missed out on a medal placement for CNC milling but Kris came out on top and brought the gold Medal in CNC turning.  The quality and standard of the work they produced for the competition saw both of them qualify for Squad UK, the Squad will now undertake an intensive two year training and selection process with the hope of earning a place in the prestigious Team UK for Kazan 2019. Ben was Highly Commended in the Sheet Metal Technology category.

Kris said: “I didn’t think that I’d done well enough to win as the competition as is so tough, but I was so happy when they announced my name as the gold winner. I can’t wait to start training for Squad UK”

Kris and Elliott’s Training Manager, Alan Emerton, at FortVale said “Their success is a huge testament to the effort and time they have both put into their apprenticeship and preparation for WorldSkills. Myself and everyone at FortVale are so incredibly proud of their achievements.”

Training 2000 have had many years of success with apprentices competing at WorldSkills, and once again we are very proud of their achievements.

GCSE results day 2017

Before results day

  • Have a look at alternatives in case things don’t go to plan. We have courses available to give you the step up you need to progress onto an Apprenticeship.
  • Decide who you want to take with you collect your results. It’s good to have someone with you to celebrate, but it’s also important to have someone there to talk to if your results aren’t what you expected.


On the day

  • Don’t forget to have a good, healthy breakfast – you don’t want to be celebrating on an empty stomach!
  • Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged so you can let everyone know how you’ve done
  • Don’t worry about everyone else, it’s important that you focus on yourself and make sure that you make the right choice for you.


If you don’t get the grades you hoped for

  • Allow yourself a few days to let them sink in before making any decisions on what to do next
  • Talk to family and friends and get their support
  • Dwelling on your grades will only make you feel worse and won’t change them
  • There are so many options for you, you just need to find out what is the best route for you.


Training 2000 are here to guide and support you. Our dedicated recruitment advisers can talk through all your options and make sure that you are on the right track to your dream career.

Call in with your results on Thursday 24th August and we’ll get you signed up straight away. You could be starting your course next week! Or, if you are busy celebrating you can give us a call on 01254 54659 and book an interview with us.

Good luck!


A huge congratulations to a group of staff from Training 2000 that cycled 926 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats in 9 days!

So far they have raised £3500 for Derian House!

Here’s their journey in numbers:

926 miles
9 days
5 punctures
3 new chains
1 broken derailleur (back cog on a bike)
9 times Graham fell off!
and 1 squeaky windscreen wiper


And of course it wouldn’t have been possible without Laurence following them in the mini bus.

Training 2000 to Join University of Central Lancashire Team

Training 2000 has joined with The University of Central Lancashire Group. This new strategic alliance looks set to position UCLan as the largest provider of degree apprenticeships in the region and is the latest in a number of partnerships, designed to broaden the University’s portfolio and appeal, meet its commitment to widening participation and strengthen its position as the leading provider of the region’s skills and employment needs.

UCLan Vice-Chancellor Mike Thomas said ‘this partnership consolidates our objectives as a leading University to support the regional economy and transform the lives of our communities. The combination of Training 2000’s specialist understanding of the apprenticeship market, and their 50-year history of working in partnership with industry, alongside our research expertise and reputation for world-class academic provision, creates a unique offer for businesses to access’.

The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in April of this year, and is applicable to all businesses with a payroll of over £3m per annum. Businesses investing in the provision of apprenticeships for their current workforce or new starters can off-set this against the levy payment, making degree apprenticeships a very attractive option.

Dr Lynne Livesey, who will take over as Chair of Training 2000 alongside her current portfolio as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), said

‘The University has been creating work-ready graduates since 1828, and we’re now engaged with a huge range of employers eager to develop tailored apprenticeships to upskill and enhance the workforce, grow their businesses and gain a competitive edge. Our existing apprenticeship provision covers a wide range of areas, including healthcare, digital, policing, construction, engineering, professional services and management, and with the significant experience and outstanding reputation of T2000 we expect to expand this rapidly. We’re keen to hear from organisations who would like to gain highly-skilled employees with the right mix of academic credentials and relevant practical skills. This news clearly sends out the right message – UCLan is open for business when it comes to Degree Apprenticeships and this acquisition will enable us to fully realise our ambitions in this area’.

Chief Executive of Training 2000, Steve Gray, is positive about the future of the educational partnership, which meets the strategic Horizon Plan ambitions of Training 2000.  ‘Partnering with a University with such a diverse portfolio is highly exciting for us and will accelerate our strategy and development of the broader pathways for apprenticeship qualifications, culminating in graduate and post-graduate Degree Apprenticeships, and other training provision. We’re looking forward to seeing what the future holds and exploring the ongoing possibilities of this strategic alignment’.

Chair of the University Board David Taylor, who is also a member of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, sees this news as beneficial for the region; ‘this is an extremely positive move for both our regional University and business communities. Our model of Working in Partnership with employers to understand skills needs and develop bespoke provision creates the work-ready graduates needed to boost the local economy. This approach completely aligns with the skills strategy of the Lancashire LEP and can only be of benefit to our communities, in terms of creating employment, economic impact and ongoing inward investment. Furthermore, degree apprenticeships can offer a route into University education for those who feel that a traditional degree route is unaffordable and we see development of these pathways as a critical part of our access to higher education offer’.

100% pass rates for Apprenticeships in Level 2 AAT at Training 2000

Training 2000 are pleased to announce our AAT apprentices have achieved 100% pass rates from the current level 2 groups across the North West on their synoptic assessments for the NEW AQA AAT 2016 standards. All apprentices have passed the first time which is a superb achievement for all.

This is the very first time these assessments have taken place in line with the Government changes in the Apprenticeship reform.

Rowena Brough, Business Manager stated – “What a fantastic achievement for all the apprentices – we are very proud of the hard work the students have put in to achieve these results in the times of change. These results are also a credit to employers for supporting their apprentices on day release for the AAT course”

The AAT foundation level 2 synoptic assessment examines learners on their knowledge of the book keeping transactions, book keeping controls, ethics, elements of costing and working effectively units.

A synoptic assessment tests the knowledge they have gained throughout the course, covering multiple (but not all) topics. It has been introduced to demonstrate their knowledge of core accountancy skills, their ability to apply them in the workplace and further show employers their status as a Qualified Accounting Technician – beyond just passing exams.

It is essential Under AQ2016 to complete the new synoptic assessment before moving on to the next level. At Training 2000 we will support the Apprenticeships progressing to their AAT Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship.

Congratulations to all the group!

Student Bank Accounts for Higher Level Apprentices

HSBC UK’s Student Account will, for the first time, be available to those taking higher apprenticeships (level 4+) in addition to those doing traditional university degrees at university. 

HSBC UK is the first high street bank to extend availability of its student account so those working towards a higher level apprenticeship can enjoy the same benefits as those studying a full time degree at a university or college. Benefits include a £60 Gift Card, 12 months of Prime Student benefits and an interest and fee-free overdraft.

Higher apprenticeships are work-based nationally recognised qualifications equivalent to foundation degree level and above, which enable apprentices to split their time between university study and the workplace.

Becky Moffat, HSBC UK’s Head of Personal Banking Banking, said: “It is easy to see why apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular – apprentices get a real job with real training, earning real money while getting a foot in the door of an organisation at the same time. They provide a great route to skilled employment for people from all backgrounds and age-groups and are great for businesses too!

“We are proud to be the first high street bank to give apprentices the option of a student bank account, providing them with the benefits and flexibility that accompany it. By extending the availability of our Student Account to higher level apprentices we are catering for the financial demands of more people as they start their journey into work and higher education, helping them to feel confident about their financial circumstances.”

The Government has committed to reaching 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. Employers are designing new apprenticeship standards to meet the skills needs of their sectors and will roll out many more degree apprenticeships, combining a high quality degree with an apprenticeship. 

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service said: “We want to see equal respect for those who choose to study at university full time and those who decide that the apprenticeship route is the best career path for them.

“HSBC UK opening up their Student Account to higher and Degree level apprentices demonstrates how the thinking around apprentices is changing. Following the introduction of the same NUS discounts for apprentices a few years ago, I am delighted to see apprentices having access to a student account via HSBC UK.  

“The opportunities open to apprentices are growing – from the sectors they can work in, to the job roles available – and added benefits, like access to student accounts – only makes the apprenticeship offer more appealing to potential apprentices.”


HSBC UK’s student bank account includes:

  • £60 Gift Card.
  • 12 months of  Prime Student
  • An interest and fee free overdraft, tiered to offer up £1,000 interest-free overdraft with no fees in the first year, up to £2,000 in the second year and up to £3,000 in the third year (subject to status and account conduct)
  • Optional student credit card with a limit of £500 (APR 18.9%)
  • HSBC Mobile Banking app, including Paym
  •  Contactless debit card and access to Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay

To apply for a HSBC Student Account, the customer can apply online, in branch or by phone.

Houghton’s working with Training 2000

Here is Houghton’s Service Engineer, Danny Karen providing our first year machining apprentices with valuable knowledge on coolant care.


Jez Rowson, Account Manager for Houghton’s says “The machine tools in the apprentice Workshop have all being thoroughly cleaned out and re-filled with HOCUT 4940 @ 6.0% concentration. HOCUT 4940 is part of Houghton’s new “4000 series” and it has recently been approved for use on Pratt & Whitney aerospace engine components and has achieved Category 3 Rolls Royce approval. The coolant condition will now be monitored for concentration, pH, tramp oil and bacteria on a scheduled basis by our Service Engineer. The introduction of this product and service helps to ensure that Training 2000 is fully compliant with all HSE and REACh requirements with the added benefit of providing Training 2000  learners with an excellent insight into all aspects of coolant management & control.”

NEW! Cyber Security Apprenticeship launching

Do you have the skills to protect against cyber attacks?

We’re excited to announce that we will be launching a Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship from September this year. The primary role of a Cyber Security Technologist is to apply an understanding of cyber threats, hazards, risks, controls, measures and mitigation to protect organisations systems and people.

How we can help you:

You can grow or upskill your team quickly and cost-effectively, accessing up to £18,000 of funding for training of new or existing staff who will develop a critical set of skills in cyber security.

Why choose our course?

  • Your apprentice can be any age, and as long as they meet the entry criteria for the course (level 3 or equivalent qualification), you can access funding.
  • This is a great programme for upskilling or reskilling existing members of your team, and provides important knowledge for securing yours or your clients businesses against cyber threat.
  • We can help you to recruit the ideal candidate for the role. Now that there is no age limit on applying for an apprenticeship, you can attract mature and experienced candidates.
  • We can offer flexible delivery comprising of knowledge and tutorial workshops for one to one development and support

For more information, please email [email protected] or call 01254 54659.

Largest ever cyber attack rocks the world – what should you do now?

You’d have to have been stranded on a desert island with no internet connection this weekend to not have read about the breaking news story that the biggest ever cyber-attack ever seen had taken place.

In the UK, the biggest impact was on our NHS, which ground to a halt on Friday afternoon amidst news that it had suffered an unprecedented ransomware attack.

As well as the sheer scale of the attack, two factors really make this stand out from other ransomware attacks:

  • it actually made the headlines breaking news
  • ) we can all feel a personal impact that the NHS, OUR NHS, was under attack, and our data was being held to ransom. This made us angry. Who would attack the NHS whom are simply trying to save lives?

As such, there has been an enormous media backlash and much speculation about how and why this was able to happen, and whilst the detail is important so that we can understand what went wrong, it’s not going to turn back the clock and I think that it would be my duty to make the best use of your time to actually help you to not become the next victim.

If you’ve ever attended one of our seminars, you may remember the reasons why I say a reliance on technology can present a risk, many of which were in play during the recent attack: malicious software, legacy systems, unpatched systems and human error. Unsurprisingly the breach also echoes the reasons for why we aren’t better at cyber security: It’s an IT thing, transfer of responsibility, investment, reliance on common sense, lack of regulatory pressure and… “It’ll never happen to me!”

Also, if you have ever seen me speak, you’ll know that I always preach that cyber security needs to be addressed from both the technical and human angle, and this is the same for fending off a ransomware attack.

My top tips for ensuring that you are protected against ransomware are as follows:

  • ALWAYS ensure your systems are patched to the latest releases
  • Do not rely on unsupported systems – both machines, hardware and software
  • Ensure your staff are trained about cyber risks and know when to spot phishing attempts

Of course, we are not infallible, and should a breach be successful, the best advice is to disconnect from the internet as soon as possible, unplugging your machine right away if you need to and inform your IT team as soon as possible. Speaking up can provide you your technical teams vital minutes you need to stem the impact of the attack. DON’T bury your head in the sand.

It’s expected that we will see more attacks over the coming days and weeks, and beware of copycat attacks too that try to take advantage of the situation; such as other emails pretending to be the ICT team asking you to “click here” to resolve the problem.

For the evangelists in the industry I suppose there’s a slight case of schadenfreude. An attack this close to home may unfortunately be the wake up call we needed to take a step back and look our own businesses, our data, and ourselves, and what might our own Cybergeddon look like?

Free Seminar For Businesses Next Month as Apprenticeship Reforms Take Effect

Training 2000 is set to host a further apprenticeship reform seminar to help businesses work through the changes which have now come into effect.

Taking place on Monday 12 June between 8:30am – 10:30am and hosted at the training providers Blackburn headquarters on Harwood Street, the event will update on the changes, the very latest information available and the support on offer for your business with the changes going forward.

After a presentation, there will be the opportunity to ask any questions relating to the reforms, book a one-to-one consultation where one of our experts can visit your business and help you work through your unique circumstances, and learn more about what Training 2000 has to offer your organisation.

Book your FREE place at our June seminar today – Secure your tickets now!

If you would like to learn more about the reforms or cannot attend the next seminar but would like to talk one-to-one with an expert, get in touch with us on 01254 54659 or email [email protected].

Also, you can visit our dedicated website area for more information on the apprenticeship reforms.

Famous Former Apprentices – an Apprenticeship Can Take You Places!

By starting an apprenticeship, young people are able to gain hands on experience in the industry of their choice whilst still receiving targeted, career building training – all whilst avoiding the debt that a university degree can bring.

There are so many examples of leaders in their field who started as an apprentice, who offer an inspiration to current and future learners that the sky really is the limit when it comes to starting an apprenticeship.

Here’s just a few examples we have chosen:


Ross Brawn

Before becoming a leading figure in Formula One, Ross Brawn began his working life as an apprentice mechanical engineer for the UK atomic energy authority.


Jim McColl

A Scottish businessman who started as an engineering apprenticeship when leaving school at 16, Jim McColl has become one of the richest men in Scotland through Clyde Blowers PLC which has grown to employ 5,000 people in 27 different countries.


Michael Oliver

After starting on the shop floor, Michael Oliver went on to set up his own engineering business – Oliver Valves, Oliver Valvetek and Oliver Twinsafe now have a turnover over £100m after starting from a garage in Cheshire over 35 years ago.


Even just these three examples showcase how apprenticeships offer an amazing opportunity to become a leader in your chosen industry.

There are also a number of successful apprentices who went on to careers which were not in their original chosen field – highlighting that the experiences from an apprenticeship offer transferable skills which are useful throughout your working life.


Some examples are:

Ringo Starr

Sir Alex Ferguson

Eric Clapton

Michael Caine


Want to take a look at our latest apprenticeship vacancies? Click here to find out more and apply today!

WorldSkills UK Thank Training 2000 for Hosting ‘Amazing’ Skills Competition

WorldSkills UK CEO has written to Training 2000 Chief Executive, thanking the training provider for hosting an ‘amazing’ selection competition to help pick Team UK.

Highlighting the work Training 2000 staff put in to support the event and ensure this crucial competition ran smoothly, Dr Neil Bentley stressed how important this was in helping select the strongest team to represent the UK at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi later this year.

Training 2000 hosted the CNC milling, CNC turning and manufacturing team challenge – with some of the best young manufacturers and engineers competing.

Over 250 apprentices from across Training 2000 visited the competitors during the week, along with visitors from local businesses.

Team UK will be announced on April 21.

Increasing use of technology praised by learners

Technology throughout Training 2000’s high quality teaching & learning is increasingly being utilised across the business.

In the latest rollout, work preparation learners have used tablet devices to complete worksheets online – eliminating the need for paper versions and allowing tutors to display work directly onto interactive white boards, sharing good practice and knowledge straight to the whole group.

Learners were extremely positive in their feedback for how this enhanced the whole experience, with one commenting:

“I think that the tablets and the OneNote Class Notebook are easier to learn with because it’s easy to interact with others and show good communication skills when you’re working as a group.”

Chris McKay, a tutor who has utilised the technology in the classroom, was also extremely positive, saying:

“The use of smart technology and Office 365 has completely transformed the teaching and learning process which my learners experience.

“It enables learners to enhance their ICT skills and independent learning whilst improving engagement with their core qualification. It is a fun, innovative and efficient tool in inspiring and developing the learner’s skills and knowledge.”

This builds on other technology being utilised across the business, including the use of augmented reality technology in the £1.2m Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre.

Training 2000 Apprentice Shortlisted for Accountancy Award

A Training 2000 apprentice has been shortlisted for an industry-leading award this week, a fantastic achievement in what is always a highly competitive category.

Joseph Waddington was named on a four-person shortlist for Apprentice of the Year in this year’s AAT Training Provider Awards.

After a record number of applications across all 14 award categories, the winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, 4 May, during the AAT 2017 Training Provider Conference at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

Learn more about our accountancy apprenticeships by clicking here, and apply for an apprenticeship job vacancy today!

Young People Compete to Represent UK at International Skills Competition

Some of the UK’s very best young engineers and manufacturers competed for the opportunity to represent their country at this year’s international WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi, as Training 2000 hosted several Team UK selection heats.

Training 2000’s Blackburn headquarters hosted the selection competitions in three categories, CNC milling, CNC turning and the Manufacturing Challenge, complimenting a variety of other competitions across numerous industries taking place in the Greater Manchester area.

Competitors arrived on site at the beginning of the week to get used to the machines they would be using during three full days of competition – with Training 2000 being chosen to host the prestigious event due to boasting the best facilities in the area to meet the needs of each category.

Visitors included over 250 Training 2000 learners who had the opportunity to gain an insight into the WorldSkills competition, and potentially be inspired to apply themselves for the next competition cycle.

Attendees from Lancashire business also had the opportunity to view the competitors in action, alongside the chance to see Training 2000’s facilities including the £1.2m Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre, with members of staff on hand to explain the competition and more about the machines they were using.

Steve Gray, Training 2000 CEO said: “We’re a strong supporter of the competition, with Training 2000 finishing 5th out of 140 providers at WorldSkills UK 2016, and we were 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.””

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

Automotive team showcases ADAS camera calibration

The automotive team have hosted an event which showcased the calibration of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

Held in the automotive workshop with around 20 people present, experts in the camera calibration for ADAS highlighted a growing area for car technicians as more cars are built and owned with them included.

ADAS includes a wide range of safety features for vehicles such as autonomous emergency breaking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, night vision cameras and adaptive lighting.

This builds on the support Training 2000 is providing businesses through a range of training which meets the increasing use of modern technology in the automotive sector and supports companies with the upskilling of staff.

Another example is the hugely popular hybrid vehicle courses being delivered regularly, with outstanding feedback.

Contact the automotive team to discuss how the range of courses and training on offer can support businesses with these new technologies – call 01254 54659.

Training 2000 Claims 9th International Safety Award in a row

Training 2000 has won an International Safety Award with Merit from the British Safety Council in recognition of its commitment to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the 2016 calendar year.

The training provider is one of 300 organisations to win a Merit in the 2017 International Safety Awards.

Now in their 59th year, the International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations from around the world which have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year.

In 2017, 578 organisations won an International Safety Award. They span all sectors and are drawn from the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia, India and the Middle East. 31 organisations were awarded a Distinction, 300 organisations were awarded a Merit and 200 organisations achieved a Pass.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated Training 2000 on their success in winning an International Safety Award 2017 with Merit: “The British Safety Council commends Training 2000 on their achievement. The award is in recognition of their commitment and efforts to keep their employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health.

“Sensible and proportionate management of health and safety risks at work brings lasting benefits for workers, their families, businesses and society as a whole. By celebrating and sharing the achievements of the winners of the International Safety Awards, we encourage businesses all over the world to follow their lead and place employees’ health and safety at the heart of their business. Our warmest congratulations!”

Phil Watson, HSE Manager at Training 2000 said:

“This award is based on evidence we submit in response to questions set by the British Safety Council.

“We’re proud to have achieved this award for the 9th year in succession, never gaining less that a merit, which demonstrates our strong commitment to the safety and wellbeing of all our staff and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.”

Engineers of the Future Showcase Saturday Club Work

Over 100 people attended the final engineering Saturday club session as learners and parents celebrated around 60 Year 10 & 11 pupils completing several projects which provided an insight into a career in engineering.

Learners received certificates from Training 2000 CEO Steve Gray to recognise the skills they had gained during the 10-week course, where those taking part tried the variety of different engineering disciplines available.

The presentation took place in front of family, friends and Training 2000 staff in the £1.2m Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre (AMAC) where learners have had the chance to experience the very latest technology in Engineering & Manufacturing.

The Saturday club is a fantastic way for young people to get hands on experience in Training 2000’s outstanding engineering facilities – many go on to successfully start an apprenticeship.

Learn more about our engineering apprenticeships, and also view current vacancies available for application.

Register of Apprenticeship Providers Announced

Training 2000 has successfully been named on the new Register of Apprenticeship Providers, which has been released this month.

To be approved and listed on the new register, organisations had to go through an application process with the Skills Funding Agency which considered due diligence, capability, quality and financial health to access their capability to deliver high-quality apprenticeship training.

Only organisations included on the register will be eligible to deliver apprenticeship training for apprenticeships that start on 1 May 2017 or after.

This comes as part of the continuing reforms within the sector, as levy paying businesses start their contributions and other businesses are impacted by the various funding changes affecting non-levy payers.

Training 2000 has been working with businesses for almost a year, offering advice and guidance as the reforms took shape and more recently supporting them in working through what the changes mean for them and how to get the most value from them.

You can visit our dedicated apprenticeship reform website section and to talk to one of our experts, contact us on 01254 54659.

Former Accountancy Apprentice Wins NHS Award

A former Training 2000 apprentice has been recognised for her work by the Lancashire Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust.

Ellenor Stavert was named as Provider Apprentice of the Year 2017 in recognition of her progression throughout her time in the organisation working in the finance team.

Having recently finished her AAT Level 4, Ellenor has now moved onto studying CIMA.

Ellenor’s development has been recognised throughout her apprenticeship – nominated for AAT Apprentice of the Year 2016 and winning North West Higher Apprentice of the Year for the Lancashire region at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2016.

In addition to this Ellenor was also recognised at GTA England’s apprentice of the year awards.

If you would like to learn more about the Training 2000’s accountancy apprenticeship, please click here.

You can look at the variety of apprenticeship job vacancies currently on our website and apply today.

Apprentice Becomes the Tutor! AMAC Trainer Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

As part of Training 2000’s National Apprenticeship Week celebrations, Mark Aspinall has talked about his how his career journey has gone 360 degrees from his time as an apprentice when the skills provider was known as Blackburn & District Group Training Association – through to becoming a technical trainer in the new £1.2m Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre.

Leaving school to start an apprenticeship in 1988, Mark was keen to work in a creative environment and chose to build a career in engineering.

After building a successful career as a skilled machinist and working in leadership & manufacturing engineering roles, Mark chose to return to Training 2000 where it all began, working in the Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre which opened in late 2016.

Mark said: “I truly believe that if I had not followed the apprenticeship route I would never have had the satisfying & rewarding career I have been able to enjoy.

“Because of this, I was really excited to come back to Training 2000 where my career journey began – and join the pioneering AMAC which helps businesses alongside current and future apprentices gain cutting edge industry skills and knowledge.”

Training 2000 are celebrating the tenth annual National Apprenticeship Week which this year runs from 6th – 10th March and Mark was keen to encourage young people to ‘find their future’ as an apprentice.

He added:

“Working at Training 2000 has given me the opportunity to see how young people develop from learners starting off in their careers, into skilled professionals at the cutting edge of industry.

“National Apprenticeship Week is a great way to promote just how much of a positive impact apprenticeships have on the careers and lives of young people.”

To discuss starting your career journey contact us today.

Pendle Networking Group Launches at Cyber Security Centre

A new initiative set to connect businesses from across the Pendle area will launch in March, with the first event taking place at Training 2000’s Cyber Security Centre in Nelson.

The first Pendle Connects seminar is taking place on Thursday 16th March from 8am until 10am and focuses on digital technologies and how they can benefit businesses – open to all Pendle based businesses across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Networking will be followed by an expert four-person panel who will give an insight into all things digital and keeping your business cyber secure, with Training 2000’s cyber security business manager Sarah Green.

To learn more about the event and book your place, click here.

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.

More Positive Feedback for AMAC in 2017

There has been more positive feedback for the Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Centre (AMAC) from the first courses of 2017 – as the pioneering £1.2m centre goes from strength to strength.

Learners have taken part in a range of the courses offered at the pioneering centre, based at Training 2000’s Blackburn offices on Harwood Street.

This is the latest really positive feedback that the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership supported centre, which comprises the latest in engineering and manufacturing technologies, has received since officially opening in September 2016.

2017 will also see the AMAC host its first evening courses, which offer an affordable way for engineering & manufacturing professionals or those with a keen interest looking to move into the industry, a flexible way to gain new skills.

If you want to learn more about the variety of courses on offer at the AMAC, click here or email us [email protected] and call 01254 54659.

Training 2000 Congratulated on 5th Place World Skills Finish

Training 2000 have been congratulated on the fantastic 5th place overall finish during the World Skills UK 2016 competition – as the highest placed independent training provider which took part.

With learners receiving medals across a varied range of engineering disciplines, World Skills UK Chief Executive Dr Nick Bentley wrote to congratulate CEO Steve Gray on the success Training 2000 had at the national competition, held in Birmingham late last year.

Training 2000 learners went head to head with strong competition from fellow talented apprentices and were watched by 80,000 visitors over three days during the November World Skills UK show.

This followed on from regional competitions where apprentices showcased their technical and employability skills before being shortlisted to take part in the coveted UK finals at the Birmingham NEC

Training 2000 CEO Steve Gray said:

“Finishing 5th place overall at a competition which is recognised as a key event in the calendar by training providers, employers and learners alike is a fantastic achievement for us – and is testament to the high quality, skilled training that we offer to every young person that walks through our doors.

We’re looking forward to defending our position as the highest placed independent training provider later on in the year!”

Training 2000 are hosting several open evenings in February – click here to find out more and save the date!

It’s For a Wheely Good Cause!

Seven brave Training 2000 staff members are getting ‘on their bike’ for charity in 2017, taking on the massive cycling challenge and pedalling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.

The team will brave the trip of approximately 962 miles in August to raise funds for Derian House after staff from across the business voted to support the Chorley-based children’s hospice throughout the year.

Covering more than twelve counties, the ten day ride is one of the most challenging that a cyclist can take on.

The team, including Chief Executive Steve Gray, will be keeping a diary of their progress as their training schedule really steps up a gear and also keeping a video diary on the challenge itself.

Team leader Martin Callagher said:

“We wanted to take on a challenge which would have the potential to raise a large amount of money towards the vital work done by everyone at Derian House.

“Training 2000 has always played a big part in raising money towards good causes in the community and everyone on the team has already started training and we are all really excited to take on the challenge and raise lots of money for a fantastic cause”.

We will be publicising the various ways you can donate and get involved soon!

Staff Provide Festive Cheer For Those in Need

Training 2000 staff were busy in the run up to Christmas with dozens of people getting involved to raise some festive cheer for those in need.

Collections for Blackburn Foodbank throughout December saw staff provide vital food and other supplies.

Also, a ‘Christmas Kitchen’ was held which offered the opportunity for those who may be going hungry to come into the warmth of Orlandos Restaurant and have a full Christmas Dinner.

17 members of staff donated their time, and food was also gratefully received by residents at the James Street community centre who sat down to Christmas dinner after several meals were delivered to the site in Darwen.

Training 2000 Host Cyber Security Seminar

The Cyber Security team at Training 2000 is partnering with IT experts LIMA to host another business seminar which answers the key cyber security questions facing employers across the North West.

Taking place on Thursday 9 February at 10am – 2pm, the seminar will include a networking lunch, exclusive delegate offers and keynote talks from industry experts.


Guest speakers for the day are:

Jamie Woodruff – Europe’s Number 1 Ethical Hacker

Sarah Green – Cyber Security Business Manager, Training 2000

Dave Macpherson – Hosted Infrastructure Manager, LIMA


You will be able to ask your questions directly to those with the experience and know-how necessary to protect businesses against cyber criminals and online hackers.

Book your free place today

If you have a question for our Cyber Security team, contact us on 01254 54659 or [email protected]

Training 2000 Learners Raise UNICEF Funds

A group of dental and business Students have raised vital funds for UNICEF after being driven to raise money for the children of Aleppo affected by the war in Syria.

Hosting a charity bake sale, chocolate tombola raffle and a sponsored walk up Pendle Hill they raised a total of £210.85. The highlight of the charity event saw the students perform an emotional short play which highlighted the dangers faced by those living in Syria.

As well as fundraising, the event was designed to highlight how important the work of UNICEF is to those directly impacted by the conflict, and also to support the other crucial work the charity carries out across the globe.

Gail Warburton, dental business manager at Training 2000, said:

“After reading newspaper articles the students were extremely keen to do what they could to raise money towards the work UNICEF is doing, whilst also raising awareness of the dire situation faced by millions of people that have had their lives destroyed during years of conflict in Syria.

“The project has also helped this group of student to developing their communication skills and gain confidence in talking to a large group of people and organisations. I am extremely proud of what they achieved.”

‘New Year, New Career’ with Manufacturing & Engineering Night Classes

Training 2000’s £1.2m Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre (AMAC) is offering new night classes from January 2017. The training courses will cater for anyone wishing to learn new skills in manufacturing and engineering through to advanced programmes.

Starting on Monday 30th January, courses will run for five weekly night classes between 6pm and 8.30pm – with prices starting from £150.

Launching these courses builds on the Training 2000 AMAC’s mission to upskill engineers across the North West and encourage more young people to find a career in the industry.

The bespoke courses have been designed by the AMAC’s expert technical trainers, who have utilised their industry expertise to build a unique set of courses.

There are a variety of affordable courses on offer, covering a number of key engineering skills across design, programming, machining and inspection.

With an entry level course designed for beginners who are considering a career in manufacturing as an engineer and an intermediate course which is perfect for those with experience in the industry, there is something for everyone.

Including state of the art advanced equipment and a dynamic team of technical trainers recruited directly from industry, the AMAC is a unique, lean manufacturing facility which delivers engineering skills through powerful bespoke training.

Neil Gutteridge, Director Commercial Programmes said: “We’ve designed these courses to allow anyone looking to move into manufacturing as an engineer a chance to gain hands-on experience and learn some key skills through to the more advanced courses, at an affordable price in our world class training facility.”

“There will be something for everyone whether they are looking for a career change into manufacturing or looking to boost their skills for a growing career. The five-week course will put them ahead of the competition when applying for job vacancies or apprenticeships and give them a taste of how a 21st century manufacturing centre operates.”

Click here to view the range of night classes and other training opportunities available.

You can also contact the AMAC team by calling 01254 54659 or emailing [email protected]

It’s Gold! Training 2000 Restaurant Wins Award

Training 2000’s Orlandos restaurant has been recognised for offering quality, healthy food options via a Local Authority award.

Run by Blackburn with Darwen Council in partnership with Lancashire County Council, the ‘Recipe 4 Health’ scheme recognises local businesses which provide a healthier food choice to those they cater for.

The scheme is part of a public health drive for businesses to contribute to tackling ill-health and obesity.

Orlandos Restaurant is located at the training providers’ Blackburn site on Harwood Street and is open to learners, staff and the general public.

After being named as a gold winner, which compliments the restaurant’s grade 5 food hygiene rating, Head Chef Sandra Cox was delighted with the award win.

Sandra said: “This is fantastic news and really showcases the quality we strive to deliver to Training 2000 learners, staff and also the general public.

With a variety of healthy options including our ‘Be Well’ daily specials, our popular healthy alternatives are well promoted and popular with our customers.”

Training 2000 learners recognised by GTA England

Two Training 2000 learners have been recognised for their achievements at a national ceremony – after being nominated for the GTA England Apprentice of the Year Awards 2016.

Sophie Judge was nominated in the engineering category whilst Ellenor Stavert in the business services category – and attended the awards ceremony in Coventry.

Part of the Group Training Association’s AGM, the four finalists in both categories were chosen by a four-person judging panel.

The judging criteria throughout the process looked at a demonstration of commitment to personal development and progression, an outstanding contribution in their workplace and inspirational levels of achievement and attainment.

This recognition for Training 2000 apprentices follows on from the recent success in this year’s World Skills UK competition, where learners won a total of five medals – with Training 2000 finishing 5th out of 140 providers taking part.

If you would like to find out more about the range of apprenticeship vacancies we currently have available, click here.

Grab a mince pie at our Christmas apprenticeship reform drop-in!

Training 2000 is hosting a festive-themed apprenticeship reform drop-in this month, as businesses prepare for the raft of changes set to take place in the training sector throughout 2017.

With the Apprenticeship Levy coming into force from April, which sees businesses with an annual payroll above £3m paying 0.5% of this amount towards their apprenticeship training – alongside the changes in how apprenticeship funding works for non-levy payers, it is crucial that businesses of every size understand how it will impact them.

On Friday 16th December 08:30am – 10:00am at our Blackburn HQ on Harwood Street, there will be the opportunity to discuss the latest information on the apprenticeship reforms, how we can support you through the changes and support your training requirements.

Also at 10am there is the opportunity to join our engineering learners for their annual Christmas Carol day – where the apprentices wear Christmas jumpers, sing songs and take part in a raffle.

Prepare for 2017 and join us for a mince pie and an informal discussion on navigating the ongoing apprenticeship reforms.

To confirm you’ll be attending or for more information – email [email protected].

Also visit our dedicated apprenticeship reform website section

Free Business Seminar as Apprenticeship Reforms Gather Pace

Training 2000 is hosting a free seminar in January where businesses from across the North West can learn crucial information about the ongoing apprenticeship reforms, as we enter 2017 – only months away from the Apprenticeship Levy coming into force.

Held at the training providers Nelson centre on Thursday, January 12th from 8:30am until 10:30am, both levy and non-levy paying organisations will be able to learn more about how the changes will impact on them.

These include the Apprenticeship Levy, which comes into force from April 2017 requiring all businesses with a £3 million payroll or above to contribute 0.5% of their payroll towards the training of apprenticeships.

Also being discussed is the employer-led ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeship standards, which are being rolled out to replace the previous Frameworks as the basis for apprenticeship delivery, and the changes to how the funding of apprenticeships will work going forward.

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

To book your free place, click here.

Training 2000 engineers take home World Skills medals

A group of engineering apprentices have taken home three gold and two bronze medals from the recent national World Skills finals. Whilst at the show they went head to head with strong competition from fellow talented apprentices and were watched by 80,000 visitors over three days.

The winning group comprised of John-Robbie Sanderson from R Briggs Sheet metal Fabrication ltd, Chris Taylor from WEC Group, Oliver Hyde from Fort Vale, Alex Corcoran from Nuvia Ltd and Katie Goodwill from Rolls-Royce PLC. They were competing in engineering sectors such as Sheet Metalwork, Construction Metalwork, CAD Mechatronics and CNC Turning.

After showcasing their technical and employability skills in the regional competitions, they were shortlisted to take part in the coveted UK finals which took place between 17th to the 19th November at the NEC in Birmingham.

Our CEO Steve Gray congratulated the learners and employers, saying;

“The World Skills UK competition is a renowned event and Training 2000 is very pleased to have supported learners and employers in showcasing their talents at the show. It is a fantastic achievement that we had three gold and two bronze winners and we are so proud of them and those who have competed at this level. The success of our apprentices at the show has placed Training 2000, 5th in the league table of training providers out of 140 training providers who took part.”

World Skills is the largest skills competition that exhibits world-class excellence in skills and introduces youth to a variety of skilled careers. The skills on display included diverse talents such as Beauty Therapy, Accounting, Welding, Games Design and many more.

The 44th World Skills Competition will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in October 2017.

‘Cybergeddon’ brings cyber security nightmare to life!

Dozens of delegates from across Lancashire have taken part in an immersive ‘escape room’ style seminar which highlighted the consequences of not taking cyber security seriously in a fun, immersive way.

Held at Training 2000’s Cyber Security Centre in Nelson, Lancashire, ‘Cybergeddon’ was designed to help business get to grips with how easy it is for a business to fall victim to an attack, by asking delegates to play a game – during which they learnt key information on combating diverse online threats impacting organisations of all sizes from sole traders and SMEs to global corporations.

After a brief introduction, delegates were taken into four unique rooms, each with its own cyber security related theme, and asked to complete challenges and answer questions that can stop Cybergeddon – taken round the different activities by Training 2000’s ‘Hacker in Residence’ Jamie Woodruff.

The first room focused on social engineering, where delegates were shown how easy impersonation through in-person examples, where actors pretended to be from a well-known pizza delivery company and a health worker – whilst delegates were given examples of when businesses have had their data breached through this technique.

The second room saw various hacking techniques laid bare as the specific risks facing the relevant industries for each attendee – and how criminals may seek to exploit any potential weaknesses or vulnerabilities they might have – before identifying the visual risks and taking on a ‘crack the password’ challenge.

Finally, each delegate was given their own profile, put together with all the information publicly available online – to showcase how visible almost everyone is to anyone on the internet, even cyber criminals.

Sarah Green, cyber security business manager at Training 2000 said:

“By creating a themed, escape room style interactive seminar, we wanted to help people understand the real danger cyber criminals pose to their businesses, and do this in a fun, engaging way which brought what can be sometimes seen a tech-jargon to life.

Businesses can be shut down by even a relatively simple cyber-attack, we wanted to visualise the chaos this would cause before the hackers get any chance to do damage so vulnerabilities can be fixed before criminals identify them.

If you would like to receive a short free security audit, contact us on 01254 54659 or email [email protected] – and to view the range of courses we offer visit

Engineering Firm Visits Advanced Manufacturing Centre With Demo Van

Training 2000 learners gained an insight into how a large engineering firm operates and got to see some of their state-of-the-art kit in action, as Haimer, whose UK base is in East Lancashire, brought their ‘demo van’ to the training providers £1.2m Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre (AMAC).

Dozens of learners were able to ask questions and view demonstrations – alongside taking a look at the pioneering equipment in place at the AMAC, which was officially opened in September, and apprentices also had the opportunity to watch a World Skills finals competitor producing components ahead of the national competition.

The ‘engineers of the future’ had a great morning, gaining an in depth look at a range of engineering tools and techniques that may not be part of their everyday work environment – and for those who work in this area of engineering currently, it was a great way to reinforce the development of their skills and build their confidence and career options.

Learn more about the demo van on Haimer’s website here.

You can also find out more about what the AMAC is offering businesses across the engineering and manufacturing sectors by reading the online version of our programme portfolio.