Real Life Story: Mohammed

Engineering apprentice Mohammed has had an excellent start to his career thanks to employer Chubb Systems and his Apprenticeship with Training 2000.

Mohammed chose an Apprenticeship with Chubb Systems because it gave him the option to try out different engineering roles within the business before deciding which one was best suited to him. This gave him a wide range of experience and knowledge. He is currently learning how to code so that he’s able to create web based databases.  He has future aspirations to learn the C# (C Sharp) programming language.

An Apprenticeship has been the perfect start to Mohammed’s career and he’s recently been asked if he’d like to study for a Degree Apprenticeship, which he is very pleased about.

Mohammed would definitely recommend an Apprenticeship to other people. He says “Not only do you get valuable practical experience through the training delivered by the company you also gain academic qualifications delivered by professional training organisations.  I am fully supported by mentors at Chubb Systems and Training 2000.  A bonus is – you get paid to do it too!”

Mohammed’s Manager, Barton, at Chubb Systems only has praise for him: “Mohammed has been a great advert for employing an apprentice.  He is unfailingly enthusiastic and keen to learn.  On a recent task one of his responsibilities was to liaise with various Field Service Engineers to complete aspects of the very technical job he had been assigned.  One of these Engineers later called up on an unrelated matter and during the conversation asked who Mohammed was, because he had found him to be ‘switched on and helpful’.  The Service Engineer was amazed to hear he had been dealing with a year 3 apprentice.  Mohammed is bright, mature and keen to progress and is willing to work hard to get where he wants to be.  He volunteers for tasks, takes pride in his work and will make a competent future Junior Engineer.  Mohammed has a bright future ahead of him and we are all working together on getting him to where we all want him to be.”

Real life story: Declan

Declan started his Accountancy Apprenticeship at the East Lancashire Hospitals Trust when he was 18.

In the first year of his Apprenticeship he worked in Management Accounts. The following year Declan moved into the Medicine and Community Division to give him experience of clinical areas.

Declan’s manager Philip only has praise for him and said “Declan’s professional manner and his understating of financial processes have made him an asset in our department. Working alongside non-finance managers Declan has a passion for not only helping them understand their financial responsibilities but also taking a key interest in their services. His work ethic and academic achievements have put him of the right path for a successful career in NHS Finance.”

Declan added “I have loved my Apprenticeship and the opportunity that Trust has given me. The real life situation that my apprenticeship has given me is invaluable. The experience and responsibility has enabled me to excel in the finance sector.”

Real life story: Alex

Alex started his apprenticeship straight from school. An apprenticeship was the perfect way for him to get the qualifications to fast track his career. His first substantive role at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust was working in the Income and Contracting Team and his work ethic made it very easy for the team to give him a lot more responsibility.

Alex’s manager, Ruth, said “Alex has proved himself during the last three years that he has worked within the team; he has worked hard to develop his skills and has proved to be a quick learner always eager to take on new roles and responsibilities.”

Alex passed all his AAT Level 4 exams first time, completed his Business Skills ahead of target and is aiming to be the youngest qualified in CIMA in the Trust.

Alex said “When I left school I had no idea where my Apprenticeship would take me. It is with thanks to my employer that I have achieved so much in such a short space of time. An apprenticeship was definitely the perfect choice for me. I got to learn on the job while gaining qualifications as well as being paid. I’m really hoping I become the youngest person for the NHS Trust to be qualified for CIMA, it will be a great achievement.”


Traie – Work Expereince

Traie started a work placement at Kitchener 2000. This was only ever going to be a work experience for Traie to add to his CV. On his first day Traie’s bus didn’t turn up, so he walked the 3.5 miles to Kitchener 2000 and was only 5 mins late! Things only got better for Traie as the feedback came back of his outstanding , attitude and general work ethic.  So much so that Kitchener 2000 made a position for him to become an employed member of staff.  

My course at Training 2000 has been very helpful all the staff there were very helpful, kind and always there for me. Thanks to Edd for finding me a placement which I really enjoyed. I really recommend Training 2000 for anyone who wants to start working.”

For more information on how our ‘Steps’ to Success course can help you get one step ahead call us on 01254 54659

Martha – Military Preparation Programme

Martha is 16. She left school and went straight into a job but she decided that she wanted a challenge so joined the Military Preparation Programme.

“I would recommend this course as it has improved my fitness and helped me achieve the right academic qualifications needed for my job. I start my basic training as a Combat Medical Technician soon!”

Joshua – Military Preparation Programme

Joshua is 16 and lives in Blackpool, before he started the Military Preparation Programme he was studying electronics.

“Joining this programme has helped me with my fitness, discipline and given me a brand new outlook on life which I am very grateful for. I start my basic training for the Army in March.”

Kris gets gold

Kris came out on top and brought the gold Medal in CNC turning at the World Skills UK competition.

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”

Declan works hard to gain an apprenticeship

“Declan was on work experience for 6 weeks at Lancashire Windscreen. During his trial Declan learnt the process of taking out and fitting vehicle windscreens.

Lancashire Windscreens were so impressed with Declan, they offered him an apprenticeship.”

Zainab’s hard work pays off

“Zainab started a work trail at the charity Global Rahmah.

While on her work placement Zainab helped with fundraising for refugees in Rohingya Bangladesh. She has been dealing with phone enquiries, paperwork chasing, and donation handling. While Zainab was on her last week of her trial she was offered an Apprenticeship.”

Charlie: Work Experience to Apprenticeship

“Charlie has had a 2 week trial at ‘Lancashire Saw’ where he was shown different equipment and learnt new skills such as using the Blade Shaper.

After a successful trial Charlie has been offered an Apprenticeships. Well done Charlie.”

Sol’s Work Experience

“Sol has always wanted to work with cars in any capacity but hadn’t managed to again any work experience. With Training 2000’s help Sol gained a work placement at Bradley MOT centre in Nelson.

He is helping with MOTs and fitting tires. This work placement is giving Sol the chance to learn new skills and add to his CV.”

Finishing First

We were contacted by Training 2000 to help a young person by giving them the opportunity of a work placement with the possibility leading on to an apprenticeship.  We interviewed and took one of the leaners on a 5 week placement. The whole process has been great. We’ve seen that Scott is very reliable, hardworking, and keen to learn. This has been risk free for us as a small company. We didn’t want to take someone on a contract and find out he/she didn’t match up to our high standards. 

Brent –  Owner, Finishing First

Voltek Automation Ltd

At Voltek Automation Ltd we were looking to employ an apprentice in our admin department. Training 2000 Ltd gave us the opportunity to take on a prospective candidate on a work experience. This is working out to be a tremendous idea as it gives the candidate a flavour of their prospective work environment, future colleagues and the type of work they will be doing.  As an employer it gives us a chance to observe the candidate in a real work situation and asses their suitability, aptitude and ability.

Javed Iqbal

Voltek Automation Ltd

Frankie – Engineering

Frankie first found out about engineering while she was in year 8 at high school. She came to an event at Training 2000 that was aimed at getting girls into engineering and joined our Saturday morning club when she was in year 11. Since then she knew that a career in engineering was for her!

“It’s good that they still do engineering for girls day, as that’s what brought me into engineering and hopefully it will get more females interested.

I would recommend an engineering apprenticeship, but it’s not an easy option! But it does mean that you have got a job at the end unlike going to university”

Watch Frankie’s video here.

Lesley Builds Business Career Though Apprenticeship

After starting a business admin apprenticeship working at Baxter Life Training and studying at Training 2000, Lesley has gained vital skills which will help her career go from strength to strength.

After accepting the exciting opportunity, Lesley has learnt crucial skills and knowledge including working with a team, building confidence and learning about how a company such as Baxter Life works.

By starting an apprenticeship, Lesley has been able to balance getting the knowledge needed to boost her career growth whilst also achieving industry recognised qualifications.

Colleagues have commented that Lesley has really progressed during the Level 2 apprenticeship, is extremely observant and always willing to go above and beyond.

Lesley reiterated this whilst encouraging others to follow a similar path, saying:

“I would recommend apprenticeships to other young people because I think it is a fantastic opportunity to better yourself, but also gain knowledge and a qualification on the job.”

Business Admin Apprentice Steers Career in Right Direction

A business admin apprentice who works in Training 2000’s automotive department has talked about how he is enjoying his role and why he chose an apprenticeship to kick-start his career.

Ben, 18, applied for an apprenticeship after realising College was not for him – he wanted to be mainly based in the workplace but also gain new skills and knowledge which would build his future career prospects.

First starting on a business admin traineeship at Training 2000 due to doing well in his time studying business communications at school, Ben then applied for three apprenticeship roles – and received an offer for each.

Accepting the position at Training 2000 because he felt that the wide variety of work offered a lot of experience for career growth and learning new things, Ben has enjoyed building relationships in the workplace as well as the classroom.

He has also excelled in his course, completing his level 2 work well ahead of schedule and now is completing his level 3.

Ben said:

“Getting qualified and earning a wage at the same time really appealed to me – I didn’t want to just be in a classroom, I wanted to gain experience in the workplace.”

View our current apprenticeship vacancies by clicking here.

Praise for Automotive Training Courses

Training 2000’s automotive department has received praise from a customer for their support and training delivery.

The Karl Vella Group, based across the North of England, have placed staff onto several of the training courses offered by the expert team – such as Senior MET, Senior Panel, Senior Paint, VDA and Hybrid Vehicles level 2.

Talking about the benefits of using Training 2000, the business – which opened its first bodyshop in 1986 – they said that employees are kept up to date with new methodology and technology, which can lead to increased efficiencies in processes. They also have a sense of job satisfaction which can increase morale.

Helen Driscoll, HR Manager from Karl Vella Group said:

“Training 2000 provide all the courses we require to meet the standards set by BS 10125. They are always informative and professional. Whatever your needs are they will try to deliver.

“We have used Training 2000 for a number of years, and find them to be very efficient, quick to respond and understanding of the needs of our business.”

Get in touch with our automotive team on 01254 54659 or message to discuss how they can support your business.

Amy Gains Career Spark Through Training 2000 HNC

An apprentice has talked about how she is benefiting from studying the Level 4 engineering HNC at Training 2000 as a continuation from her apprenticeship.

Amy, who works at Chubb Systems, wanted to complete the HNC as it is a recognised qualification which allows you to open more doors in relation to your career.

Whilst studying for the Higher National Certificate at the training provider’s Blackburn site, Amy has directly taken skills and knowledge learnt so far back into the workplace, particularly the electrical and mechanical aspects.

By studying this valuable and challenging qualification, Amy is able to build towards completing a degree in electrical and mechanical engineering – whilst taking the skills that form part of the level 4 course straight into the workplace, all whilst earning a wage.

Amy added:

“I would recommend completing your HNC course at Training 2000 as the tutors have your best interest at heart and want you to succeed – the course is very interesting and you can relate it to your job.”

Are you looking to complete your Level 4 Engineering HNC? Get in touch with us by calling 01254 54659 or emailing [email protected].

We also have a range of apprenticeship vacancies for anyone looking for to find their future and learn new skills whilst in work – apply today.

Richard Progresses Scaffolding Career

An apprentice has built up his career in the scaffolding industry through an apprenticeship with Training 2000.

Starting at Speedier Scaffolding in 2015, once he was offered the chance to undergo his NVQ Level 2 he felt he could not pass the opportunity up.

Richard said:

I enjoy the physical and technical challenges scaffolding brings to my working day. It’s a good industry to be a part of with the strict requirements onsite.

I enjoy the graft we put in and the complexity around the jobs we erect whilst onsite. I began my training in October 2015 and can’t fault it!

Once I’ve completed my courses I want to progress onto my advance training, maybe even supervisor courses and venture into owning my own business one day!

“I can’t thank my instructor enough, he has been attentive to my learning needs and is always helpful when I ask for something. I would recommend Training 2000 Ltd to anyone who would like to get into the construction industry. All the staff are ace, really friendly and make college an enjoyable place to be!”

If you would like to learn more about our scaffolding courses, please click here or get in contact with us on 01254 54659 and [email protected].

Finance Apprenticeship ‘Multiplies’ Emma’s Career Progression

When looking to build her skills, Emma knew that getting into work straight away through an apprenticeship was the best way for her to grow her accountancy career – and since completing her apprenticeship has continued to progress.

Starting in 2011 at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) where she still works today, Emma has a clear plan for developing her career from the very start:

“I knew I didn’t want to go to university, but I did want to further my education. Apprenticeships seemed like a no-brainer, as I would be learning and earning without getting into any student loan debt, while increasing my work experience.”

During the apprenticeship, Emma was part of the Training 2000 team that won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Skills Show Accounting Technician competition, and was shortlisted for the GTA Apprentice of the Year awards 2014.

Emma is keen to recommend the apprenticeship route to anyone thinking about a career in finance:

“There are hundreds of different courses provided through the apprenticeship route, so almost all professions can be entered this way.

“It makes sense to attend a course that is already paid for, earning money and gaining valuable on-the-job experience.”

Since finishing her apprenticeship, Emma went on to study Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and earlier in 2017 passed the final exam.

Click here to take a look at our current accounting apprenticeship job vacancies and apply online.

Jordan hitting heights with scaffolding apprenticeship

After starting a scaffolding apprenticeship, Jordan has gone from strength to strength – gaining praise from his employer and Training 2000’s team of scaffolding experts.

He moved into his current role after hearing about it through a family friend, and hasn’t looked back since.

Jordan has always seen himself as a hands on learner and this has meant choosing to build his career through a scaffolding apprenticeship has seen him excel – both on site and on the course.

Jordan said:

“This course itself is really enjoyable, the instructors take their time to teach you and always ensure you understand what’s needed. After my apprenticeship I eventually want to become a charge hand and complete my advance, and then possibly go into teaching.

“I would recommend apprenticeships, you might have longer in centre but you get more time to take everything in. It’s great that you’re learning and earning and doing something you actually love!”

Kevin Wimbles, Contracts Manager at CWR Scaffolds added:

“Jordan is a polite, considerate and accommodating young man. He liaises well with site agents and fellow colleagues. He follows instructions and procedures which he has been asked to carry out and informs CWR Scaffolds Ltd of any variations of tasks when he arrives on site.

Jordan relishes going on his apprenticeship courses. He has attained all his evidence with a year still remaining. Going forward with the attributes Jordan has already shown, I cannot see any reasons why Jordan would not make an excellent charge hand.”

If you would like to learn more about our scaffolding apprenticeship, please click here or get in touch via the contact form.

Christie’s career growth supported through scaffolding apprenticeship

Christie started his scaffolding career journey in 2015, and soon after was asked by his employer Lenehan Scaffolding if he would like to complete an NVQ Level 2 apprenticeship.

He jumped at the opportunity and is really enjoying both the job role and the course.

Christie said:

The atmosphere at work is great, I get along with all the other scaffolders. Once I finish this course I hope to do my Advance course and Inspection courses because I enjoy being a part of the industry and the routes of progression are endless.

I would like to thank all of the staff at Training 2000 Ltd, even when I have moved around on groups I have always felt included and accommodated by my instructors and always got on with the other trainees. I couldn’t ask more of a college, I wish everyone at Training 2000 Ltd all the best.

Christie’s instructor said “Christie has settled in really well to this new group and is really taking things in. Well done Christie, keep up the good work.  

If you would like to learn more about our scaffolding apprenticeship, please click here or get in touch via the contact form.

Alex Takes Apprenticeship Route for Accounting Career Growth

Former apprentice Alex has talked about how progressing through an accountancy apprenticeship provided him with the opportunity to rapidly grow his career.

Training 2000 found Alex his placement and alongside his employer Brownlows Accountants helped him develop and grow his skills and knowledge.

Alex was keen to go down the AAT apprenticeship route as he knew that the qualification was respected within accountancy and he would be able to gain a mixture of skills by learning at the Training 2000’s Blackburn centre whilst also building in-work experience and making a real contribution.

Alex said:

“I would definitely recommend apprenticeships to young people as you are able to earn a wage, gain essential work experience as well as a relevant qualification”

In more great news, Alex recently won 1st prize in my ACA Tax Compliance exam in the North West.

For more information on our accountancy apprenticeships, click here.

Also view our latest vacancies across a range of industries and apply today!

Alex Praises Apprenticeships After Engineering World Skills Medal

Engineering apprentice Alex has recommended apprenticeships as a fantastic way to gain key career skills – after achieving a mechanical engineering bronze medal at the national World Skills competition.

Starting straight from school at 16, Alex didn’t want to go down the College and University route and was keen to learn whilst in work.

Alex learn quickly an appreciation and understanding of various disciplines and principles such as wiring and testing, milling, turning and fitting – before completing a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in manufacturing and a BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Mechanical Engineering on day release.

Alex said: “These qualifications gave me a better understanding of the academic side of engineering, covering units such as a mechanical principles, engineering materials and many more.”

This experience both on-the-job and within College has helped Alex in his career development, and he added: “The training helped me in my job because it meant I had more of an understanding of why aspects of the design need to be a certain way and the benefits and limitations with regards to certain features on new and current designs.”

Extremely keen to promote apprenticeships as a strong option for other young people, Alex said: “I think that apprenticeships are a great way of learning new skills, gaining qualifications and on the job experience.

“Apprenticeships also offer the chance to build a large network with other students, colleagues and engineering bodies such as the IMechE.

“This in turn allows you to seek guidance and receive knowledge from industry experts and learn more about engineering.”

Click here to learn more about the range of apprenticeships on offer within engineering, and get in touch.

John-Robbie ‘Engineers’ World Skills Win

World Skills UK medal winner John-Robbie has talked to us about why an apprenticeship was the right decision for him.

First considering going down the university route, John-Robbie then decided that he wanted to learn a trade whilst in work – so the apprenticeship route was perfect for him.

He added that time management, communication and working with colleagues to make sure jobs are done on time are amongst the many skills he has learnt during the 4 ½ years he has spent as an apprentice.

He has also enjoyed working with other apprentices and managing a workload to deliver in good time.

John-Robbie also encouraged others to take the apprenticeship route, saying:

“Apprenticeships are the best way to start your working career”

Training 2000’s grade one engineering facilities are industry leading, developing 1000’s of apprentices over decades of apprenticeship and business training.

If you would like to learn more about the range of apprenticeships we have available across engineering, business, finance, dental and scaffolding, click here.

Learner ‘Brushes Up’ with Dental Diploma

A Training 2000 learner has successfully qualified with flying colours as a dental nurse.

Emma completed her diploma in dental nursing, meeting all targets and going above and beyond the criteria.

She said that the course allowed her to manage the workload well, and focus on each individual assignment.

Praising her experience, Emma said:

“My relationship with my tutor was very good and I was able to discuss anything I was worried about.

“After working as a dental nurse for a long time training 2000 really helped me finally reach my goal and become qualified.”

Emma has now qualified as a dental nurse – and was awarded a distinction by Training 2000 for her excellence.

For more information on the dental nursing courses we offer, call 01254 54659 or email [email protected].

Taylor benefits from Dental Nursing Course

A learner has benefited from Training 2000’s dental nursing team – praising the course and her tutor after managing to complete the programme within 1 year.

Taylor, 21, had already been in surgery for 6 months prior to enrolling, and with the help of the dental team it was agreed that the aim would be to complete within 12 months.

Working closely with tutor Emma, Taylor took on the work at a fast pace – Taylor said:

“Emma was really patient with me and made it possible to complete the course within 1 year.”

Encouraging others with an interest in dentistry to get their teeth into Training 2000’s industry-leading course, Taylor added:

“I would recommend to any student who is determined to pass the dental nursing course.”

To learn more about the dental courses we offer please click here.

For more information call 01254 54659 and email [email protected]

Accountancy Apprenticeship ‘Adds up’ for Serena


After excelling within an accounting apprenticeship, Serena has discussed her experiences which have led her to complete her course and how she has developed her skills within the workplace.

Starting in 2014, Serena has since completed AAT Level 2, 3 and 4 within her apprenticeship whilst working at Future Technology Services Ltd, based in Blackpool.

Serena made the decision to go down the apprenticeship route as she was keen to learn new skills whilst in work.

She added, “The idea that I could gain a qualification and also gain experience on the job seemed more appealing to me than just having the qualification.”

Gaining experience whilst also gaining new skills provided the opportunity for Serena to build an understanding behind the tasks she was carrying out as part of her role and take ideas from the classroom directly back to her employer.

Serena has combined her professional achievements with a passion for music, singing

Keen to encourage other young people to take up an apprenticeship, Serena said:

“I would definitely recommend apprenticeships to other young people as you are able to gain real-life work experience in the field you are studying whilst also gaining a qualification.”

To view our current apprenticeship vacancies, click here.

Scaffolding Apprentice Supported in Building Business Career

A former Training 2000 apprentice is celebrating after achieving two milestones in her career development.

Laura has worked at the North West training provider for nearly 5 years, gaining her Level 2, 3 and now 4 in business administration – and also earned her Higher Level Diploma in Business & Professional Administration within the Business Skills Sector in June this year.

Starting her apprenticeship rotating between different departments in the business, Laura then settled into the scaffolding team where she stayed for the duration of her learning – and still works in the team following after passing her qualifications as a valued member of the Training 2000 team.

Laura has repeatedly been recognised for her achievements throughout her apprenticeship, named twice as ‘Apprentice of the Year’ by Training 2000 staff, and also was part of a 5-strong team which won a national competition to come up with innovative ideas for digital work-based learning.

Talking about how an apprenticeship has benefitted her career journey, Laura said:

“Doing an apprenticeship provided me with a range of skills as well as building my confidence, it has taught me it’s not always a bad thing to challenge your ability. Learning the new technical skills within the diverse environment has created a solid platform for my career and personal development.

“My advice to the students receiving their exam results this summer is to invest time in research. You need to find a profession that you enjoy and are passionate about. There are so many ways to train nowadays for people like me who didn’t want to go down the university route, Apprenticeships are an excellent alternative to sixth form/ university and the fact that I will have no student debt is a very attractive in the current economic conditions.”

To view the latest apprenticeship vacancies on offer at businesses across the North West, click here.

Isaac Takes Steps to Success and Builds Engineering Career

A young person from Blackburn has secured an engineering apprenticeship after completing the Steps to Success programme at Training 2000.

After attending an open day earlier in the year, Isaac applied for the programme which helps those looking for an apprenticeship or other job role increase their key skills in maths, english and general employability.

Increasing in confidence throughout, Isaac made very good progress and due to his interest in engineering he was put forward for a 2 week work placement at Lancashire Saw, who are based in Blackburn.

Excelling during his placement, Isaac showed he was a team player and really grew into the role. After successfully completing the placement, Isaac was offered an apprenticeship, which he has recently started.

Isaac said:

“It has been a great journey for me, developing my skills and confidence – I can’t wait to continue my career journey with my employer and also continue my learning with Training 2000.”

David Ball at Lancashire Saw added:

“We saw great potential in Isaac during his placement, and were delighted to be able to take him on as an apprentice after he became a member of the team so quickly.

“We’re looking forward to helping Isaac develop within Lancashire Saw and carry on with the great work he has delivered so far.”

For more information on the ‘Steps to Success’ programme, click here.

If you would like to view our current engineering vacancies you can find out more and apply here.

4 cyber security myths busted

Our Cyber Security Business Manager Sarah Green is on hand to debunk some of the myths surrounding our cyber world.


T or F? “Hackers? They must be some breed of technological genii”

Answer: F. It is impeccably simple to learn how to perform basic hacks. There are numerous online forums dedicated to step by step guides for how to hack websites, networks, phones with try-your-hand targets and links to where to buy the tools you need.

The chances are you’ll get caught within days and with the laws changing to crack down on cybercrime, most probably land themselves in some serious hot water. If you fancy testing your skills, and potentially seeking a career in Ethical Hacking, there are loads of fun ‘capture the flag’ type websites.


T or F? “It’ll never happen to me”.

Answer: F. It might not, but then again it might. Everyone I ever speak to has some experience of cybercrime.

Be it the HMRC email telling you to CLICK HERE to claim your tax refund, or having your card cloned and buying twenty mobile phones in Jersey, everyone has some experience of themselves/their parents/friends/pets being affected by cybercrime.

Whilst there are still unknown unknowns in the cyber world, a known known is that attacks are ever-evolving and are growing in sophistication at an exponential rate. Home or work, if you’re a computer user then security is a necessity.


T or F? “The cost of cyber crime is in excess of £266 billion to the global economy PER YEAR”.

Answer: T. Yes, you read it right. It’s costing us and our businesses two hundred and sixty-six billion pounds per year to deal with the effects of cybercrime.

Let’s put that into perspective: There are 7.4 billion people in the world, so effectively, that’s £38 for every person in the world per year handed over. What else could we buy for £38?


T or F? “It’s money they’re after – providing the accounts are secure we’ll be fine.”

Answer: F. This is an obvious thought, they must just want to get into the accounts and steal the money. Not true – sensitive data carries a whopping price tag and is used as ransom in some cases.

We have a number of industry-specific courses taking place over the next few months – you can find out more and book on here.

Junaid Chooses Apprenticeship to Launch Business Career

Business Admin apprentice Junaid has talked about his experiences learning new skills whilst earning a wage – and urged other young people to choose an apprenticeship when starting out in their chosen career.

Initially starting at Training 2000 as a trainee, over six weeks Junaid grew in confidence and his skills, successfully applying for a Level 2 Business Admin apprenticeship.

Now studying for Level 3, Junaid is keen to move onto Level 4, and is enjoying his role at Northern Industrials, based in Blackburn.

Junaid said: “The apprenticeship experience has been really good – I have picked up skills and knowledge that you don’t get from a college or sixth form course and you can implement it in your day job straight away.”

Saying he would recommend apprenticeships to anyone looking to take that next step in their development,  Junaid added: “It has helped me and knew an apprenticeship was how I wanted to build my career.”

For more information on the apprenticeship vacancies currently on offer, click here.

Jana Progresses with Business Apprenticeship

After knowing she did not want to take the College and University route following her GCSE’s, Jana decided that an apprenticeship was the way she wanted to kick-start her career – working at Green Vale Homes, part of the Together Housing group

Starting in 2013 on Level 2, Jana has since completed L2, L3 and is currently studying at Level 4 Business Management – developing skills such as managing a team, learning about the relevant legislation which effects the business and has recently started to learn about the Human Resources side of an organisation and how this operates.

As well as the practical experience you get from an apprenticeship, Jana has also developed her academic writing skills, getting the best of both worlds by going down the apprenticeship route.

Jana said: “I was sure that college was not for me and wanted to go straight into work.”

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I left school, so chose a varied subject which interested me, which would benefit me when I did decide.”

Jana also sang the praises of apprenticeships – and would recommend them to anyone who was set to leave school and did not want to stay solely on the academic route.

She added: “Apprenticeships give you a great opportunity to gain experience within the workplace and earn a wage whilst you learn new skills – and unlike university you can stay debt free.”

Line manager Paul Bayes said: “It has been fantastic to see how Jana has developed her skills during her time with us. She has been able to bring her learning into the workplace and make a real impact within the business.”

Learn more about our business apprenticeships by clicking here.

Callum Benefiting From Business Admin Apprenticeship

Since starting in October 2015 following taking part in the Steps to Success programme and a Traineeship within the business, Callum has grown in his role as a Business Admin apprentice working within Training 2000 – and could not be more positive about the experience.

Callum said: “When I started, what drove me was wanting to become a valued member of the team, and see where my apprenticeship can take me.”

Currently studying at L2 Business Admin, Callum is already looking to the future and wants to move onto L3 and beyond.

Describing how studying whilst working benefits him, he said: “I take things from the classroom and bring into practice within my role. It is really useful as it helps me understand why we do certain things and see the bigger picture.”

A strong advocate of how positive an apprenticeship is when starting out on your career, Callum is currently part of Training 2000’s Brathay Apprentice Challenge team, promoting the value that an apprenticeship has for both the learner and the business they work for.

When asked whether he would recommend apprenticeships to others, Callum was extremely enthusiastic:

“I already have! They are a great way to gain experience in a working environment and earn a wage, whilst developing skills.”

To learn more about the business admin apprenticeships available, click here.

Jack builds career through business admin apprenticeship

The ability to develop key skills which influence a young person’s career in the short, medium and long term whilst remaining within a working environment is a major plus from taking on an apprenticeship.

Jack has completed his NVQ Level 3 Business and Administration through Training 2000 whilst working at Urban Vision – the Manchester based business who work in the property and regeneration sector.

Choosing to take on the apprenticeship so he became more efficient when working in an office environment, the course opened up new opportunities which has helped Jack gain a new career in a position that he always wanted.

Jack said: “I have learned various skills whilst doing the apprenticeship, such as using office equipment efficiently and in a professional manner.”

For Jack, the positives of taking on an apprenticeship are plain to see: “They are a great way of learning vital skills which can be crucial in helping you get the career you want. Also it is a great way to gain experience of working whilst also gaining qualifications at the same time.”

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Former learners talk about their apprenticeship experiences

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2016, two former apprentices and current council employees have talked about the positives from studying whilst in work, and how completing an apprenticeship through Training 2000 has benefitted them in their careers so far.

Henry Clark, who was named Apprentice of the Year in the Business Services Category at last years’ Group Training Association’s annual conference, was positive about the apprenticeship experience.

Henry said: “Starting at Training 2000 straight from school and gaining on-the-job experience really helped me progress through my career and prepared me for the future.”

Successfully completing his apprenticeship over a year ago, Henry is currently studying Level 4 in Business and Administration at the training provider’s Blackburn centre.

Working as part of the Growth and Prosperity team at the local authority, Henry’s line manager has direct experience of starting a public sector career through an apprenticeship – completing his at Training 2000 over 10 years ago.

Matthew Sidgreaves is the Business Liaison Manager at Blackburn with Darwen Council and gained his NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Business Administration after first joining the local authority as an apprentice. Most recently, Matthew graduated with Merit from the University of Central Lancashire after completing a part time Masters in Business Administration.

Recommending the apprenticeship route to young people looking to start the journey towards their future career, Matthew highlighted the importance of developing skills within the workplace at the same time as through additional qualifications: “Employers, now more than ever, require young people to have real work experience and related qualifications.”

Matthew added: “As someone who started off as an apprentice myself, it is fantastic that we have been able to grow our council team through hiring young people who bring in fresh ideas – helping them develop and grow.

Henry really made an impact throughout his apprenticeship – making a real difference within our team”.

If you would like to learn more about the business admin apprenticeships on offer through Training 2000, get in touch.

Heather talks about positive apprenticeship experience

When starting an apprenticeship, you’re taking the first step on your chosen career path – gaining on-the-job experience whilst gaining the relevant qualifications. To mark National Apprenticeship Week, we talked to a former Training 2000 learner about their experiences, and how her career has benefitted from an apprenticeship.

Heather started her apprenticeship in October 2005, securing a position as Administrative Assistant at an employer whilst attending Training 2000 for NVQ L2 Business Admin.

Subsequently completing L2 and 3 Business Admin, followed by Level 2, 3 and 4 in AAT, Heather has since gone on to become Accounts Manager at Audas Project Management Ltd.

Talking about why she chose to begin her accountancy career with an apprenticeship, Heather explained:

“I never considered university as an option & the idea of learning & gaining work experience appealed to me.”

Heather also recommends apprenticeships as a great way to progress in their chosen career, saying, “It’s a great way to apply the knowledge you learn at college in the workplace. It also give you the opportunity to learn from other people in the workplace & ask questions to help with your studies.”

Now on her way to being a chartered accountant, Heather is working in an industry she always wanted to be part of. Heather also thanked Training 2000 for the part they played in her development:

“I found it really helped having the visits from my T2000 assessors & the support I received was invaluable. The targets agreed at each visit helped me keep on track with my studies.”

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Sophie Completes Business Admin apprenticeship

After completing her business admin apprenticeship through Training 2000, Sophie has talked about the positive effects from learning whilst in work.

Mixing work with study has helped Sophie broaden her horizons, and also allowed her to make real progression in the work place – completing tasks to a higher standard.

Starting her role at Urban Vision in June 2013, Sophie felt that this provided a really good opportunity for progression.

Starting on level 2, Sophie then moved onto level 3, which she also successfully completed.

Sophie said on apprenticeships: “They are a good way to work your way up through a company, proving that you are willing and have the ability to meet deadlines.”

For more information on business administration apprenticeships through Training 2000, click here.

Aaron Excels With Business Admin Courses

Aaron is currently making excellent progress in his Business Admin Apprenticeship, after successfully completing the Business Admin Traineeship Programme.

Prior to starting the traineeship, Aaron only held a few qualifications, but once accepted onto the course he excelled, eventually passing with flying colours.

This included gaining vital work experience at Blackpool Football Club, which allowed Aaron to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to increase his employability.

Near the end of the traineeship, Aaron successfully gained an apprentice position at Future Technology Services Ltd, which was advertised by Training 2000.

Taking up the position in August 2015, Aaron has been making fantastic progress, and added:

“The Traineeship at Training 2000 is a very good way to gain experience, qualifications and also basic confidence to apply and succeed in an interview.

“We did everything from team skills to mock interviews, the course is a great way to secure an apprenticeship placement

“I enjoy the Business Administration Apprenticeship I’m on because I learn all different aspects of Future Technology Services LTD, I deal with client enquiries, vehicle tracking, contract files, risk assessments and also stock counts for our warehouse.

“I would recommend the Traineeship with Training 2000 to anyone interested in Business Administration because if I didn’t go in this course I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

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Fergus Glad He Counted on Accountancy Apprenticeship

Nineteen-year-old Fergus, from Lancaster, has successfully started out on his accountancy career through a Training 2000 supported apprenticeship.

The AAT course provides an industry recognised, hands-on qualification which strengthens the key skills necessary for a successful career in accountancy.

Open to those looking for their first accountancy role, or looking to strengthen and formalise the skills they already have, AAT is a great move for anyone passionate about quality, results driven accounting.

Whilst studying, Fergus is gaining important work experience through his role at accountancy firm Towers + Gornall and since starting on the AAT qualification in September 2014, Fergus has found that the knowledge and skills he has developed are benefitting him in the workplace – in a career which suited him having already enjoyed numbers and logic, important factors in any accounting role.

Fergus added:

“The qualification is increasing what I am able to do at work, which is of course increasing my value to the company.  When fully qualified I hope to continue with a job in this field.”

Choosing an apprenticeship instead of a studying for a degree was mainly due to the opportunity that it provided for learning whilst in the workplace, with Fergus saying, “It’s far better to be able to learn from professionals and work in the environment every day.”

Fergus’ line manager Stephen Foster said, “It has been really exciting to watch Fergus develop and grow throughout his time with us at Towers + Gornall.

“Both Fergus and the business overall have benefitted from the hard work he is putting in to the AAT course – bringing these new skills and ideas directly into the workplace.”

To learn more about the AAT qualification and how it could help start your accountancy journey, visit our dedicated AAT page.

Training 2000 Appoints Cyber Manager as Training Facility Nears Completion

Training 2000 has appointed Sarah Green as business manager for cyber security – and will be responsible for developing the new cyber security training facility based in Nelson.

Previously strategic operations manager at Xyone Cyber Security Ltd for over two years, Sarah’s role involved establishing the company, delivering strategic plans and project management.

Since starting her new position at Training 2000, Sarah has been overseeing the development of the purpose built in-house Cyber Security Centre – which will include a lecture theatre, iMac-equipped classroom and breakout area.

The centre is set to deliver a unique environment where learners will be able to enhance their learning and is set to open its doors from early April 2016.

Sarah said about the project: “I am thrilled to have been appointed by Training 2000, they are such a dynamic and well-respected organisation.

“Cyber security is one of the greatest threats for both businesses and consumers, and I’m excited that we will be able to offer a real solution to businesses across the North West.”

Steve Gray, Training 2000 CEO said:

“Cyber security is such an important issue for businesses across the North West and beyond.

“Our new state-of-the-art training centre will provide quality, relevant training – protecting the digital services which businesses increasingly depend on and linking into the research and development carried out by Lancaster University alongside some of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s current strategies.”

Gulam Aims High With Construction Apprenticeship

18-year-old Gulam is celebrating after being accepted onto his dream construction Apprenticeship.

Gulam, from Blackburn, started out at 16 doing an Engineering qualification at Lancashire University Technical College with the hopes of becoming an engineer, yet he soon discovered that his real passion lay in the daily variety of plumbing.

Gulam decided that he would like to work with his father, who runs his own plumbing and gas servicing business. He applied for an construction Apprenticeship in Plumbing, however tutors suggested that he gain a grounding in the basics first, on the Level 1 Full-Time Course.

Dave Vickers, Training 2000 Tutor explained;

“When Gulam progressed from the UTC we identified that he would benefit from completing a level 1 course to develop his practical skills and give him the confidence to help him progress into a construction Apprenticeship.”

Gulam said “The course really helped a lot, I was doing more complex things and having tasters on all the different aspects of plumbing and heating. I really enjoyed it.”

Now certain of what career path he wanted to take, Gulam was delighted when he was offered a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Plumbing and Heating. He plans to move onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship before gaining his gas safe accreditation.

Dave added;

“Gulam has been on the Apprenticeship programme for a few months and he has completed his bathroom installation assessment to a good standard. Due to his earlier training he is progressing well.”

Asked where he saw himself in ten years, Gulam said;

“I like the idea of being a business man, so I can imagine that I will be working with my dad and then taking over the business when he retires. My little brother is currently studying at Lancashire UTC and wants to follow in my footsteps, so we will run the business together.”

Take a look at our current Appenticeship vacancies or visit our construction section

Learner Journey: Engineering Apprentice

Rashid, 19, talks to us about his journey from Business Administration Traineeship to Engineering Apprentice.

“It has been an amazing year. The Traineeship was really good and kick-started my career.

“I already had a maths qualification so I completed my English Functional Skills whilst on the Traineeship which helped me to get onto my dream Apprenticeship in engineering. I also learned a lot about business which will help me in the future.

“I had two options when I left school. I could go down the college and university route or I could choose an apprenticeship. I thought about the two years I would spend at college, then the 3 years I would spend at Uni, ending up in loads of debt, and decided that the best way was to do an Apprenticeship. The training is better because you can learn from experienced staff and colleagues in the work place. It’s a lot more hands on.

“Whilst I was on the Business Administration Traineeship my tutor put me forward to move onto being an Engineering Apprentice. I got awarded the John Nowell Anelay Technology Scholarship Award, which means the first year of my training is paid for by the fund, rather than by an employer.

“After that, I will move onto working within a company, which I’m really looking forward to.”

Interested? Take a look at our Business Administration Traineeship or our Engineering Apprenticeship

Project Control apprentices partner with the NHS

We were approached by our customer East Lancs NHS Trust, via the Electronic Biomedical Engineering department, as they had a problem with a monitor on an anaesthetic system widely used in operating theatres across their sites in Blackburn and Burnley. A small part which attached the monitor was not fit for purpose and they asked the Project Control apprentices from our engineering department to design a bespoke replacement.

Two first-year Project Control apprentices Jonathan Shepherd and Adam Royle-Pryor took up the challenge, visiting the site to take pictures and liaise with staff on what needed improving. They then used Auto Desk Inventor software to create their first design.

Jonathan Shepherd, 16, from Warrington said;

“Being a first year apprentice I have never had the experience of being involved in a real project before. It has taught me that it is necessary to gather as much information as to ensure you are doing exactly what is asked of you. I also think it will give me the confidence in future projects when going back to my company. Now that I have been involved for a few weeks it has made me realise I will be going into the job that is right for me.”

A prototype was realised in PLA, a type of plastic known as a thermoplastic. Thermoplastics become soft and moldable when heated and return to a solid when cooled. This process can be repeated again and again and makes the material perfect for use in 3D printing technologies. After testing on-site, the prototype underwent some minor modifications.

Martin Cottam, Senior Medical Technical Officer in the department of Medical Technologies at East Lancs NHS Trust said:

“East Lancs Hospitals NHS Trust has had close links with Training 2000 for a number of years. Recently the Trust has invested in a large number of new anaesthetic and patient monitoring equipment across our Blackburn & Burnley Hospitals. Due to how the Trust is using the new equipment it was necessary to design a bespoke bracket for the patient monitoring to attach to the anaesthetic machines.

We as a Trust decided to ask Training 2000 if some of their apprentices would like to get involved with the project from the design stage through the prototype and finally produce the bespoke bracket for use in the Operating Theatres.

Although the project is still at the prototype stage at the moment, we are more than happy in the professionalism and ability of the Project Control apprentices and how Training 2000 are dealing with the project.”

The design was so successful that twenty brackets will now be produced in aluminium and rolled out across the East Lancs NHS Trust sites and possibly eventually throughout the NHS. Using innovative software and 3D printing technology, our learners created a bespoke product which has and will continue to significantly help the local hospital. This part has made the monitor extremely user friendly for medical staff in potentially complex and highly pressured situations.

Lynda Farrell, Business Manager of Engineering added;

“The aim of the project is to solve a problem for our customer, the NHS, but projects like this also highlight we have a culture of innovation, improvement and investment here at Training 2000. We believe in honing higher technical skills which are critical for keeping pace with the industry.”

Liam- WorldSkillsUK Gold Medal Winner

Along with other learners from Training 2000, Liam, an engineering apprentice from Burnley, took home a medal from the 2014 national finals of the prestigious WorldSkillsUK competition. The Paradigm Precision employee, 19, achieved a coveted gold medal in CNC Milling.

After completing a BTEC in mechanical engineering, Liam realised he wanted to get out of the classroom and into his dream career, so chose an extended engineering tool-making apprenticeship.

Whilst doing his apprenticeship, Liam has gone from strength to strength and now has a long list of accolades to his name, but his WorldSkillsUK gold is one of his most treasured wins.

Liam says;

“Being part of the WorldSkillsUK competition really encouraged me to aspire to be the best I could be. I believe the experience makes me stand out amongst my peers and increases my employability, as well as providing me with the opportunity to develop technical and personal skills.”

Liam was chosen for WorldSkillsUK due to his performance in the work place, his grades and his attitude. He completed a passive heat piece that was sent to SEMTA for judging before being told he had made it through to the finals.

After showcasing his technical and employability skills in the regional competitions, he was shortlisted to take part in the coveted UK finals which took place in November 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham.

Steve Gray, CEO of Training 2000 noted;

“It is a fantastic achievement and our learners outstanding success means that we are now in the top 8 of the WorldSkillsUK organisational league and we have built some great alliances with businesses and employers.”

The show featured over 600 apprentices, watched by 75,000 visitors over three days. The skills on display included diverse talents such as floristry, hairdressing, welding and catering.

WorldSkills is the world’s largest skills competition and outstanding competitors from last year’s WorldSkillsUK finals may be invited to join Squad UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi in 2017. Indeed, Liam has been invited to attend the skills show this year with potential to make it as part of Squad UK and he finds out the result in November.

The competition also provides real benefits for employers, raising their profile as a competitive, visible apprenticeship supporter. Demonstrating commitment to staff development, companies involved in WorldSkills drive improved performance and innovation amongst all staff involved.

Take a look at our engineering training and apprenticeships.

NHS – Traineeships

“All the candidates had been trained in the interview process and made interviewing them extremely easy and allowed candidates to excel without being nervous.

 Our Trainee is doing exceptionally well. She has settled in quickly and I feel that the training she was given prior to her being taken on by us has given her knowledge and customer service skills that are so very important in many roles.

 She was taught to be punctual, observant and proactive in asking for tasks to do once she has completed her work load and it is a pleasure to have her as part of our team.”

Ann Neville, Practice Manager at Darwen Health Care

Mariam- Carousel Study Programme

Eighteen-year-old Mariam, from Blackburn, has entered the world of work after succesfully completing a study programme with Training 2000.

Combining practical work experience and qualifications, the carousel study programme is a personalised learning programme that encourages the development of interpersonal and educational skills in order to improve career prospects.

Mariam completed a work placement through Training 2000 at a Junior School, where she is now employed as a trainee teaching assistant.

Mariam’s line manager, Francis Nutter, explains: “Mariam has progressed so much in the short time that she has been with us and is a credit to the programme. She is reliable, efficient, quick to learn and listens carefully – all attributes we look for in our staff.

“Mariam has worked hard to develop new skills including managing small groups of children and running reading groups and has a professional manner that is much older than her years. Due to budget restrictions we weren’t sure if we would be in a position to employ Mariam, but we were so pleased with her performance, we just couldn’t let her go.”

Mariam is now working five days per week on a temporary contract and is taking on new responsibilities as time passes.

Mariam said: “I have always wanted to work with children since I did my two week work experience at a primary school. When I spoke to a friend about it they recommended a study programme, explaining what it was like and what I would get out of it. It seemed like a good idea because I could get even more work experience and the opportunity to do some qualifications.

“It’s great to be so much closer to my dream job of working as a teacher and I’d definitely recommend the carousel study programme to anyone who wants to have a go at a job they are interested in.”

Lauren – Dental Apprentice

A Cumbrian Dental Apprentice has been commended for her hard work, dedication and ability as a Dental Nurse by both her training provider and employer.

Lauren Ormandy, 18, based at Wigton Dental Practice, has progressed from a Level 1 Study Programme and is about to complete her Level 3 Dental Nursing qualification with Training 2000, the biggest Group Training Association in England.

Lauren, from Aspatria, started her Dental Study Programme in 2012 and will qualify as a Dental Nurse this year.

The Apprenticeship has helped to refine Lauren’s technical skills in areas such as patient confidentiality, cleanliness and quality assurance whilst she has also developed her confidence, communication and employability skills.

Speaking of her Apprenticeship experience Lauren said;

“The course has really helped me. I’ve always been interested in dental work but knew I didn’t learn well in the classroom. I much prefer learning in the workplace and being practical.

My qualification will provide a lot of opportunities, meaning I can travel and work abroad in Australia or on a cruise ship.

I’ve really enjoyed myself, and the Training 2000 team are very helpful.”

After completing her qualification Lauren plans on developing her career further through Training 2000’s post-grad qualifications such as Radiography and Fluoride Application.

Gail Warburton, Dental Manager at Training 2000 added;

“Lauren is a determined student, she started with low confidence which has grown throughout the years. I am looking forward to seeing her progress in her workplace after completing her qualification at the end of the month.”

The Apprenticeship programme is co-funded with the European Union European Social Fund (ESF)

Andrew- Mechanical Engineering

22 year-old Andrew from Warrington has made a major step forward in his career thanks to an apprenticeship at Nuvia, delivered by Lancashire-based training provider Training 2000.

When leaving school Andrew realised he wanted to learn a trade whilst studying for an academic qualification, as opposed to the traditional route of going to college and gaining A Levels. Andrew has just completed his Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Design.

After researching the potential apprenticeships that would most suit his strengths and interests, Andrew chose the Mechanical Design Apprenticeship so that he could fulfill his ultimate ambition to become a Chartered Engineer, leading large projects.

Whilst doing his apprenticeship, Andrew has gone from strength to strength and now has a long list of accolades to his name.

In 2012, Andrew was crowned Apprentice of the Year at the Training 2000 Engineering Awards and became a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Ambassador visiting local secondary schools to promote apprenticeships, giving him the opportunity to inspire young people and change their lives.

In 2014 alone he has taken part in two events which aim to highlight talented apprentices;

Firstly, he beat off competition from all over the country to be shortlisted for the finals of the GTA England Apprentice of the Year Awards at the Houses of Parliament, where he did fantastically to be named as runner up. All the finalists won an all-expenses paid trip to a manufacturing company in Austria.

Further to this, Andrew was then selected as a finalist in the prestigious World Skills UK finals. World Skills is a national competition, and Andrew performed spectacularly in the regional heats. He then brought his CAD skills to life in the finals, as the best of the best fought to show off their talents. This was the second time that Andrew had attended the World Skills finals, taking home a bronze medal in 2013.

“All aspects of my learning throughout my apprenticeship from the technical education gained whilst at Training 2000 to the `on the job` experience gained in-company have set a strong foundation for myself as a Mechanical Designer that I will be able to build upon throughout my career. This experience along with my own contribution and commitment has meant that I’ve been lucky enough to be recognised for my achievements.

“The apprenticeship has not only developed my aptitude but has also developed my interpersonal skills which I reflect in my personal life. The achievements that I have gained during my apprenticeship have pushed me further to strive for success and demonstrate my commitment to my personal development and progression.”

As one of the most accomplished apprentices in his year group, Andrew has recently been awarded the Whitworth Scholarship, which provides financial and technical support throughout his degree and leads to him gaining Whitworth Scholar status. Andrew plans on completing his Advanced Apprenticeship before undertaking a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

How a Swiss student helped to solve an English manufacturing problem

Every year thousands of exchange students come to the UK to study, especially in the construction and engineering sectors.

As a company that is passionate about training and the manufacturing industry, we at Training 2000 felt that this year we wanted to get involved, as we believe that the exchange of knowledge and techniques on an international level is vital.

So when the Centre Professional du Nord Vaudios (CPNV) approached Training 2000 with a talented Mechanical Engineering student who was looking for a placement in the UK, we knew just where to place him, Senior Aerospece Weston in Earby, Lancashire.

As a valued partner of Training 2000, with a long relationship that has spanned many years, Senior Aerospace Weston was the ideal choice. However, as neither the host company nor the student received any financial support for the placement, Senior Aerospace Weston had to find a way to make the exchange beneficial to both parties. Thus, the HAAS Grinding Machine Process Improvement Project was born.

Over ten weeks, the 21 year old Swiss student Bastien Bole, worked on his unique assignment to improve some of the processes within the workshop, where the company creates complex precision components for the aerospace industry.

Geoff Askew, Training Officer at Senior Aerospace Weston and Bastien’s mentor, set him a task to remove the need for new grinding wheels to be “rough dressed’ as part of their grinding machine’s cycle, which took time away from the machine actually doing its proper function, thus he was looking for improving efficiencies in the blade grinding process.

Geoff explained;

“When we were first approached by Training 2000, we had to have an in-depth internal discussion on what the implications of bringing a work experience student would be for us as a business. However at Weston’s we put a lot of emphasis on training and we had a worthwhile project to give Bastien, so the placement matched our ethos.

“After three weeks of detailed analysis including Overall Equipment Effectiveness, Bastien used CAD and other software which was completely new to him, designing a new machine which will rough dress the wheels separately and improve the processes effectiveness. His design was successful and the decision was made to manufacture the machine in the near future.” Geoff added “It has been a fantastic experience for us.”

Bastien’s time in Lancashire was not all work-based, however. Brian Robinson, Special Projects Officer at Training 2000, became something of a friend and made sure he saw the local highlights, as well as taking him on a tour of Training 2000’s prestigious head office in Blackburn.

Speaking about his time in the UK, Bastien said “As a keen cyclist, I was delighted when a Training 2000 staff member provided me with a lovely bike for my travels to work. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise the brakes were on the opposite side to my bike’s at home!”

On a more serious note, he added “When I return to Switzerland and finish my studies, I must join the Armed Forces for a period of one year, as part of my National Service. This placement has given me aerospace design software and English language skills that mean I may be able to enter the RAF sector instead of the Army.
“Eventually I hope to get a job at a watchmakers, as this is very prestigious in Switzerland. I have enjoyed my time here so much that I plan to return one day and will definitely be coming to visit the machine I created!”