Real Life Story: Lewis

Lewis began as a Mechatronics Engineering Apprentice after realising that classroom based University learning was not working for him. He secured a factory job at Gilberts Ltd in Blackpool and learned of the Apprenticeship vacancy in November 2018.

He said, ” I have always been a practical learner rather than an academic person and enjoy being hands on”

“I am doing something I have always been interested in, the Apprenticeship gave me a pathway into the career I always aspired to.”

Within his new role as an apprentice, Lewis has gained confidence in his ability whilst working towards a qualification.

Lewis went on to say “I enjoy my role, so it has increased my wellbeing in work and outside of it. I hope to carry on working in this field for many years and keep developing and learning.”

Real Life Story: Kyle

Kyle began his Fabrication and Welding Apprenticeship in 2017 when the offer of a placement at Stolle Machinery EMS Group helped him to choose between A-Levels and an Apprenticeship.

Kyle’s school were championing A-Levels and College but after speaking to his uncle who had experience in Apprenticeships, he chose this route in education.

When asked what made him want to complete an Apprenticeship, Kyle said ” as a result of being diagnosed with a serious autoimmune condition in 2014 that required surgery in 2016, I decided that I wanted to get away from the stress that school caused around exams and the pressure of being successful as this worsened my symptoms.”

“I decided that an Apprenticeship would work better for me, as i haven’t taken any more exams, yet I am still making a career for myself. From taking an Apprenticeship I have gained a lot of new skills, met new people, as well as earning some money to save for future investments like buying my first house.”

 

Real Life Story: Alfie

Alfie began his Fabrication and Welding Engineering Apprenticeship at Althams Fabrication when he was 19 after hearing about Training 2000 at school.

When asked about why he chose an Apprenticeship, he said ” You learn whilst doing practical things that will help you to develop your skills and you’re not always in the classroom.”

“The Apprenticeship opened my eyes because I am currently doing something I didn’t really know a lot about before.”

Alfie has benefited from his learning as it has helped him to develop in various ways such as working towards a goal, developing a good work ethic, ensuring he maintains a good attendance and time keeping.

He said, “Once I finish my qualification I hope to stay at my current workplace to develop my skills further and progress.”

Real Life Story: Harry

Harry began his Apprenticeship when he saw a vacancy he was interested in. He was deciding between A-Levels and an Apprenticeship at the time.

A real drive to complete an Apprenticeship was the no debt aspect and still being able to study up to Degree level.

Unfortunately, Harry was made redundant due to the Covid-19 pandemic but managed to find another company willing to support in the completion of his Apprenticeship.

Harry said, “I’ve learnt many things during my Apprenticeship and i’ve become a more well rounded individual, being able to problem solve better, not just at work but even in everyday life. I’ve learnt skills such as welding that I enjoy.”

“I’ve benefited greatly from my Apprenticeship. I’d love to try and progress my learning and qualifications by doing an Inspection course enabling me to potentially become a welding inspector. That is my aim.”

Real Life Story: Nathanael

Nathanael finished his GCSEs and came to Training 2000 to complete an Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship in 2011.

He comes from a family of engineers and has had an understanding and passion for the sector from a young age.

Nathanael is currently working within a Project Engineering role at Harrisons Engineering group using his newly aquirred skills and pushing on to learn more and more. He says his Apprenticeship opened his eyes to new occupations.

“My Apprenticeship has made me want to strive my way to the top of my profession. Everyday is a learning day and the Apprenticeship scheme taught me that from the very beginning.”

As well as completing his Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship, Nathanael also completed a Fabrication and Welding Apprenticeship in 2015. This has helped to open doors and aided in his progression with his company.

Engineering FAQs

Q – How long do engineering Apprenticeships last?

A – Most of our Apprenticeships are 4 years but can be shorter dependant on the type of engineering you are learning.

 

Q – What areas of engineering do you do Apprenticeships in?

A – We offer engineering Apprenticeships in a range of areas, such as CAD (Computer Aided Design), Welding, Fire & Security systems, Electronics, Mechatronics and CNC

 

Q – Do you offer electrician Apprenticeships?

A – No, unfortunately we do not cover domestic electrical.

 

Q – Where will I do my training?

A – For the first year either full time at Training 2000’s engineering centre in Blackburn OR you will based at your employer and you will attend Training 2000 for x6 block training sessions which last 1 month each.

Your second year will be 1 day per week attending Training 2000.

Your third and fourth years will be based full time with your employer and we’ll visit you for your assessments.

As we are a part of the University of Central Lancashire it allows opportunities for learners to develop their skills in partnership with them.

 

Q – Do you find me a job?

A – We work with many local engineering companies, who advertise their vacancies on our website. These will change daily, so always check back for the latest ones.

 

Q – What training can I do after I’ve finished my Apprenticeship?

A – As we are part of the University of Central Lancashire, you can easily progress onto a Degree Apprenticeship

 

Q – How do I apply?

A – Visit our website www.training2000.co.uk and fill out our application form. Our recruitment team will get in touch with you to arrange an informal chat and talk to you about our apprenticeship vacancies. They will then put you forward for interviews.

FAQs

Q – What is an Apprenticeship?

A – An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

 

Q – What is a Traineeship?

A – A Traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship.

 

Q – What qualifications do I need to apply?

A – For a Traineeship you’ll need GCSEs in maths and English at grade 4 or above.

Every Apprenticeship is different depending on the subject and the level. Our Level 2 Apprenticeships require you to have a minimum of four GCSEs at Grade 3/2.

 

Q – Do I get paid?

A – Yes, apprentices get paid a wage. There is a minimum Apprenticeship wage, but some employers pay more than this.

 

Q – How long does an Apprenticeship last?

A – Every Apprenticeship is different. The ones we offer at Training 2000 are from 1 year to 4 years. Because we are part of the University of Central Lancashire you could progress onto a Degree Apprenticeship, so this would extend the length of your Apprenticeship.

 

Q – How do I apply?

A – Visit our website www.training2000.co.uk and fill out our application form.

 

Q – What happens after I apply?

A – Our recruitment team will get in touch with you to arrange an informal chat and talk to you about our apprenticeship vacancies or our Traineeships. They will then put you forward for interviews or enrol you on one of our Traineeships.

Accountancy FAQs

Q – What does AAT stand for?

A -Association of Accounting Technicians and is a highly recognised professional accounting qualification

 

Q – What is the AAT qualification equal to?

A – The AAT qualification is equal to a Level 4. This is similar to an access course in the first year of university.

 

Q – How much can an AAT qualified Accounting Technician earn?

A – The salary ranges from £20,000 for a Level 2 apprentice up to £37,000 when you are fully qualified. Some accounting technicians open up their own accounting practices and work for themselves. The earning potential is then unlimited, the more clients you engage the more you make.

 

Q – How am I supported on my Apprenticeship?

A – You will have a dedicated Career Development Advisor, our Functional Skills tutors and Learner Support Officers. You will also be supported by your Manager/ mentor at your workplace.

 

Q – Will my classes be online?

A – At the moment all our classes are online, but normally we offer classes at our Blackburn site or at Preston (UCLan).

 

Q – How often do attend class?

A – One day a week.

 

Q – Do I have to sit exams?

A – Yes, approximately every 12 weeks you will have an AAT exam.

 

Q – How do I apply?

A – Visit our website www.training2000.co.uk and fill out our application form. Our recruitment team will get in touch with you to arrange an informal chat and talk to you about our apprenticeship vacancies. They will then put you forward for interviews.

Healthcare FAQs

Q – Do I get a uniform?

A – Uniform may be required within your work setting, this will be arranged with your employer.

 

Q – How many days would I work / attend Training 2000?

A – You will attend one day of classroom based studies and usually work around 30 hours a week or more in your work place. However we have part time and full time students on course at the moment. Your working hours are something worked out with your employer.

 

Q – What do I need at home? e.g. laptop

A – Access to digital equipment is recommended to help with online sessions and to complete assignments on One file. Some students use work’s computers and laptops if they don’t have a laptop/internet at home.

 

Q – Do I need vaccination?

A – Different workplaces require different immunisations. The NHS have different requirements across different trusts, as do private organisations. Its best to speak with your employer and ask what their requirements are.

 

Q – Am I observed at work?

A – Yes, you will be observed at work by your tutor to meet the Diploma and Apprenticeship skill requirements. Your mentor will also complete witness testimonies. You will be observed by an external examiner for your end point assessment.

 

Q – Do you find me a job?

A – If we have any vacancies we will put your name forward for an interview

 

Q – I’m 24 can I still do an apprenticeship?

A – Yes there is no upper age limit on doing an Apprenticeship

 

Q – Do you pay my travel?

A – Unfortunately you will be required to fund your own travel costs

 

Q – How much will I get paid?

A – You will be paid the Apprenticeship national minimum wage, although some workplaces may pay you more.

 

Q – What holidays would I get?

A – There are set holidays throughout the year, which tie into the academic planning and national holidays eg bank holidays and Christmas

 

Q – Do I have to sit exams?

A – There is the End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of the Apprenticeship which includes an online multiple choice test, professional discussion & observation with an external examiner and submission of three reflective journals.

 

Q – What progression opportunities are there?

A – This course can lead you onto the Nurse Associate Degree Apprenticeship or Assistant Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship (both pay band 4 in the NHS). You can progress onto different Healthcare Degree Apprenticeships from these points. As we are part of the University of Central Lancashire, you can easily progress to one of their Degrees.

 

Q – Will I have a mentor?

A – You will usually have a work place mentor, however this may change dependent upon what skills you are learning and the specialisms of the staff within your workplace.

 

Q – What qualification will I come out with?

A – You will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Senior Healthcare Support, your Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship, maths and English if you have not already achieved it.

 

Q – What GCSE’s do I need?

A – English and maths GCSE grade 4 or above

 

Q – Can I still apply If I don’t achieve grade 4 or above at GCSE?

A – You can apply and we may accept you on the programme if we feel you could achieve a Level 2 Functional Skill whilst completing your Apprenticeship.

 

Q – Can I finish the Apprenticeship before 18 months?

A – The Apprenticeship is designed for 18 months, which includes the End Point Assessment (EPA). Your EPA may fall sooner than 18 months. You cannot finish any earlier than 15 months.

 

Q – How do I apply?

A – Visit our website www.training2000.co.uk and fill out our application form. Our recruitment team will get in touch with you to arrange an informal chat and talk to you about our apprenticeship vacancies. They will then put you forward for interviews.

Scaffolding FAQs

 Q – I struggle with English/Maths – can I still apply?

A – Absolutely – we support all learners to develop their Maths/English skills throughout the programme and deliver Functional Skills qualifications at the appropriate level where applicable.

 

Q – How much will I get paid?

A – This will depend on your employer. Most employers pay more than the minimum wage due to the job that you do.

 

Q – Will I be provided with any equipment I may need?

A – Normally your company would provide your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is required to do your job.

 

Q – How much of the course is practical based?

A – Your first two weeks are classroom based and the other four x2 week blocks you do are more practical even though you will still do some classroom work as you need the theory before you can erect/dismantle the scaffolds.

 

Q – How many candidates will there be per group?

A – Maximum of 9 delegates are allowed in each group.

 

Q – What will be my working hours?

A – Whilst on your training course at Training 2000, the hours are Monday–Thursday 8–4.30pm and Friday 8–2pm. Your working hours will be determined by your employer.

 

Q – What support will I receive from Training 2000?

A – You will have the same tutor throughout your Apprenticeship who will keep in touch with you. You can also contact the scaffolding office if you are unable to contact your tutor. We also have Learner Support Officers.

 

Q – How do I apply?

A – Visit our website www.training2000.co.uk and fill out our application form. Our recruitment team will get in touch with you to arrange an informal chat and talk to you about our apprenticeship vacancies. They will then put you forward for interviews.

Traineeships FAQs

Q – What is a Traineeship?

A – A Traineeship is a short course that is geared towards supporting you to gain an Apprenticeship or employment. It includes a work placement and will help you become more employable through interactive practical lessons and spending time in our workshops with our qualified instructors and tutors.

We will also support you to achieve the required grades in Maths and English for an Apprenticeship (if required). Traineeships are a very successful way of finding an Apprenticeship and succeeding in your career.

We currently run Traineeships in Engineering, Dental Nursing, Business Administration, Accountancy, Automotive and Information Technology.

 

Q – How long does a Traineeship last?

A – The Traineeship is 20 weeks long, but many of our learners progress on to an Apprenticeship before the end due to the support and skills they have gained.

 

Q – When can I start a Traineeship?

A – We have regular start dates on the Traineeship, so get in touch with us and we will let you know the next start date for you!

 

Q – What age can I start a Traineeship

A – Traineeships are for 16-18 year olds.

 

Q – How do I apply?

A – Visit our website www.training2000.co.uk and fill out our application form.

Optical Assistant FAQs

Q – I have commitments at home do I have to travel much?

A – No the course is delivered completely on-line but your employer may require you to travel

 

Q – Do I need a computer?

A – You will need access to either a PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone with the internet

 

Q – I have not got grade 3 in maths, can I still start the course?

A – The entry requirement is grade 3 in English and maths but get in touch and we can talk to you about alternative routes onto the course

 

Q – Do I have to register with the General Optical Council (GOC)?

A – No, not for a Level 2 qualification

 

Q – What happens if I am ill or on holiday for a teaching day?

A – If you can’t attend the class, you will need to make this time back during working hours and this can be logged on oneFile

 

Q – How is my work assessed?

A – In the form of written questions, reports, logs and case studies. The standard of your work will help determine whether you are ready for the end point assessment.

 

Q – Can you finish the course before the 12 months?

A – No the coursework content is covered over the full 12 months

 

Q – Do I have to sit exams?

A – No you have no physical exam to take, you have an end point assessment which is in three parts: 1) Direct observation, 2) A case study 3) A professional discussion. All of which you will be thoroughly prepared for.

 

Q – Do I get a uniform?

A – Your employer would either supply this or provide guidance on what to wear

 

Q – How many days would I work/study?

A – Four days at work, one day in the virtual classroom

 

Q – Do you find me a job?

A – All our live Apprenticeship vacancies can be found on our website. If there are none available we can help you find one or you already may know an opticians that is looking to recruit an optical assistant

 

Q – How much will I get paid?

A – This will depend on where you work, the minimum you will be paid is the national apprenticeship wage (currently £4.15 an hour for under 25 year olds)

 

Q – What hours would I work?

A – This will depend on your place of work

 

Q – How do I apply?

A – Visit our website www.training2000.co.uk and fill out our application form. Our recruitment team will get in touch with you to arrange an informal chat and talk to you about our apprenticeship vacancies. They will then put you forward for interviews

Digital FAQs

Q – What is the difference between the three Digital Apprenticeships?

A – Within the IT industry the skills you learn the building blocks that allow you to progress through different and more senior roles. Infrastructure Technician is normally the first of those blocks and everything else is built upon that. You can then progress onto the Network Engineer and/or Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeship.

 

Q – What does a ‘portfolio of evidence’ mean?

A – This relates to evidence collected by the learner to ‘prove’ they have met the standards. This could be examples of work completed, positive feedback received from customers/managers or a written statement detailing the steps taken to resolve problems.

 

Q – Where would I store my ‘portfolio of evidence’?

A – We make use of an online portfolio system, which means everyone has access 24/7 whether working in the office or from home.

 

Q – I struggle with English/Maths – can I still apply?

A – Absolutely – we support all learners to develop their Maths/English skills throughout the programme and deliver Functional Skills qualifications at the appropriate level where applicable.

 

Q – How often will I meet with my assessor?

A – Your assessor will conduct monthly meetings, where learning and development will take place as well as assessments.

 

Q – How do I apply?

A – Visit our website www.training2000.co.uk and fill out our application form. Our recruitment team will get in touch with you to arrange an informal chat and talk to you about our apprenticeship vacancies. They will then put you forward for interviews.

Dental Nursing FAQs

Q – Do I get a uniform?

A – Your workplace will provide you with a uniform

 

Q – How many days would I work / attend Training 2000?

A – Four days in the workplace and one day per week at Training 2000

 

Q – Do I need a laptop?

A – Yes you would need a laptop or computer as your portfolio is electronic

 

Q – Do I need vaccination?

A – You will need to have a hep B vaccination and TB if you haven’t already had it

 

Q – Am I observed at work?

A – Yes you will be observed for a variety of procedures. This will be agreed with you prior to any observations happening.

 

Q – Do you find me a job?

A – If we have any vacancies we will put your name forward for an interview

 

Q – I’m over 24 can I still do an Apprenticeship?

A – Yes there is no upper age limit on doing an Apprenticeship

 

Q – What progression opportunities are there?

A – There are so many different routes you could take including: Dental Therapist, Oral Health Educator, join the Armed Forces or Dentist. As we are part of the University of Central Lancashire, you can easily progress to one of their Degrees.

 

Q – Do you pay my travel?

A – Unfortunately you will be required to fund your own travel costs

 

Q – How much will I get paid?

A – You will be paid the Apprenticeship national minimum wage, although some workplaces may pay you more.

 

Q – What holidays would I get?

A – This would depend on your workplace, but a minimum of 28 days if working full time, this may include your bank holidays.

 

Q – What hours would I work?

A – This depends on your workplace but no more than 40 hours per week

 

Q – Will I have a mentor?

A – Yes you will be allocated a mentor in your workplace

 

Q – What does a dental nurse do?

A – Dental nurses assist the dentist to ensure the surgery runs smoothly, you will decontaminate instrument and areas to ensure there is no infection risk and you may also work on reception.

 

Q – What qualification will I come out with?

A – You will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing.

 

Q – What GCSE’s do I need?

A – English and maths GCSE grade 4 or above or a Level 2 functional skill or equivalent.

 

Q – Can I still apply If I don’t achieve grade 4 at GCSE?

A – You can apply and we may accept you on the programme if we feel you could achieve a Level 2 Functional Skill whilst completing your Apprenticeship.

 

Q – Can you finish the course before the 18 months?

A – The minimum amount of time to complete the diploma qualification is 15 months then you have 3 months to complete your End Point Assessment.

 

Q – Do I have to sit exams?

A – Yes, you have four exams to sit during your Apprenticeship and then an End Point Assessment which assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you have learnt throughout the Apprenticeship

 

Q – How do I apply?

A – Visit our website www.training2000.co.uk and fill out our application form. Our recruitment team will get in touch with you to arrange an informal chat and talk to you about our apprenticeship vacancies. They will then put you forward for interviews.

Business Admin & Customer Service FAQs

Q – What does a ‘portfolio of evidence’ mean?

A – This relates to evidence collected by the learner to ‘prove’ they have met the standards. This could be examples of work completed, positive feedback received from customers/managers or a written statement detailing the steps taken to resolve problems, for example.

 

Q – Where would I store my ‘portfolio of evidence’?

A – We make use of an online portfolio system, which means everyone has access 24/7 whether working in the office or from home.

 

Q – I struggle with English/Maths – can I still apply?

A – Absolutely – we support all learners to develop their Maths/English skills throughout the programme and deliver Functional Skills qualifications at the appropriate level where applicable.

 

Q – Can I finish the qualification sooner?

A – The minimum duration for all Apprenticeships is 12months. Apprenticeships can be completed at any point from month 13 depending on progress made throughout the programme.

 

Q – How often will I meet with my assessor?

A – Your assessor will conduct monthly meetings, where learning and development will take place as well as assessments.

 

Q – What happens when I am ready to complete my Apprenticeship?

A – There is a 60 day wait time from completion called the ‘gateway to End Point Assesment (EPA)’. During this time, we complete a mock-EPA to help prepare you.

 

Q – How do I apply?

A – Visit our website www.training2000.co.uk and fill out our application form. Our recruitment team will get in touch with you to arrange an informal chat and talk to you about our apprenticeship vacancies. They will then put you forward for interviews.

Automotive Technologies FAQs

Q – How often will I attend Training 2000?

A – For the Accident Repair Apprenticeships (Paint, Body, Electrical) this is on a block release basis of 3 days per month. The Light Vehicle, Heavy Vehicle and Autocare is on a day release of 1 day per week.

 

Q – What can I expect to be paid as an apprentice?

A – There is a minimum wage for all people enrolled on an Apprenticeship. How much you get paid depends on your age and how long you’ve been doing the Apprenticeship. If you’re aged 16-18, or in your first year and aged over 19, you’ll earn at least £4.15 per hour.

 

Q – How is the training delivered?

A – The Apprenticeship is a work-based qualification, which means you will gain knowledge and experience in your workplace. You will complete an ‘E’Log Book with your workplace mentor. You will attend Training 2000’ on either block release or day release to expand your knowledge and practical skills.

Towards the end of your Apprenticeship you will have a meeting with your training and manager to decide whether you are ready for your End Point Assessment (EPA). The EPA is completed to assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you have learnt throughout the Apprenticeship. You will practice parts of the EPA assessment throughout the Apprenticeship. You will only take the final assessment when you feel ready. The content of the EPA will vary, depending on the Apprenticeship you are completing.

 

Q – How many apprentices are in each class?

A – This can be between 5-10 learners at any one time.

 

Q – How do I apply?

A – Visit our website www.training2000.co.uk and fill out our application form. Our recruitment team will get in touch with you to arrange an informal chat and talk to you about our apprenticeship vacancies. They will then put you forward for interviews.

Real Life Story: Abbi

Dental Nursing Apprentice Abbi, not only completed the Dental programme but received a distinction in her end point assessment.

When talking about her time at Training 2000, she said, “Training 2000 were brilliant throughout my apprenticeship and training. My tutor was only a message away to help with any problems I was having or to help with any coursework questions and supported me fully throughout. This set me up to fly through all coursework and exams.”

Career Development Advisor Emma said, “Abbi should be as proud of herself as I am of her. She has worked very hard and demonstrated commitment to her learning. She worked hard submitting completing excellent work and studied hard for her exams. I always knew Abbi was capable of a distinction and she has proved herself worthy! I wish Abbi the best of luck in her dental career!”

Dental Nursing Apprentice Abbi went on to say, “They checked up on me regularly to make sure I was managing the work and was prepared for my exams. The topic and revision PowerPoints were informative and have provided me with extensive knowledge to progress in my career. I really enjoyed the course and found all aspects of learning very interesting.”

See more information on our Dental Nursing Apprenticeships

 Real Life Success Story – Joe

Joe Started his AAT Accountancy Apprenticeship in October 2014 aged 17 after trying to study A-Levels at College for a year and realising it wasn’t the route for him. He had heard about Apprenticeships through friends and family and later found Training 2000 online.

Joe recall’s how he nearly didn’t end up working for Gow and Partners; “I remember being accepted by Mr Gow at Gow and Partners Ltd via a phone call in early September 2014 after my job interview and was thrilled. I was told I would receive another phone call with my start date but this did not happen for a couple of weeks.

I and Training 2000 (Gill Makin) were unable to get in contact with Mr Gow after several phone calls/emails and I remember thinking I would have to start looking at other alternatives and start my interview process with employers again. Out of the blue, I received a phone call from Mr Gow in early October asking me to start.

Mr Gow had fallen ill and with being a one-man band company at the time, Mr Gow was unable to contact me to let me know. He was thankful I waited. Looking back, I’m also glad I waited.”

Joe never expected to be liaising with so many clients/people, learning so much about accountancy/ business in such a short space of time. He was never a confident person as a young teenager and to have to speak to new faces every single day was a challenge for him. A few months into his apprenticeship, Joe was given a bankruptcy case to complete. Around this time, you had to go to the court infront of a judge to finalise the bankruptcy case. He was 18 and this is a proud and stand out moment of his.

Over the next couple of years, Joe gained knowledge and confidence from both work and his classes at Training 2000. Passing his exams, visiting clients across the country, completing accounts and tax returns, day to day routine activity and much more. Joe then completed his AAT qualification and apprenticeship in January 2019.

Joe said of this time “I was on the train to Newcastle to watch Blackburn Rovers play Newcastle in the FA Cup when I received my final exam result. I obviously enjoyed that weekend although Rovers unfortunately drew 1-1.”

Joe says he has grown so much as a person not just as an accountant. Mr Gow’s nurturing is a big part of why he is who he is today. He gave me him confidence to approach different types of people every day, to work hard and to persevere. Learning/watching Mr Gow’s tireless commitment to his job, motivated Joe in his dream to one day own his very own accountancy firm.

In January 2020, Joe became director and 50% shareholder of Gow and Partners Ltd at the age of 22. He had saved up money from his earnings over the past few years and was able to buy 50% of the business from Mr Gow. The other 50% had been purchased by his colleague Kyle Lawrenson whom started working for Gow and Partners Ltd in June 2016. He too, had studied and passed his AAT qualification through Training 2000, and together, Joe and Kyle purchased shareholding in the company.

They are currently striving with a huge number of clients and are looking to expand even further. They have also recently moved to bigger offices and have implemented new software into the business to help achieve this.

Joe concludes “deciding to pursue my career choice through the apprenticeship route was the best idea I could have had, not just for where I am now in my career, but because it made me into who I am now as a person.”

Joe reiterated that he would highly recommend an Apprenticeship at Training 2000 for anyone who wants to learn hands on and progress into a career of their choice!

 

Real Life Story: Francesca

Francesca, 22 from Chorley became a part of the Training 2000 team three and a half years ago, straight after completing her A-Levels at college. She has always been well aware that she learns much better on the job, so  knew an apprenticeship was the most appropriate and enjoyable option for moving forward.

Francesca started off as a Business Assurance Apprentice with work experience only in the hospitality area. However, three and a half years later, she is now a Compliance Officer with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to progress in her career.

Whilst at Training 2000 Francesca has undertaken a number of qualifications suited to her role.

She stated “I particularly enjoyed the Level 4 in Business and Professional Administration Apprenticeship at Training 2000. Not only was the content of the course interesting, relevant and delivered to a high standard, but I also felt well supported throughout. The staff at Training 2000 are a great support system that has remained consistent in my employment here.”

Upon completion of the Level 4 Apprenticeship, Francesca was entered in to the BTEC National Awards with the outcome of Silver Award Winner BTEC Apprentice 19+ of the Year 2019.

Within her role there are aspects that are continuously changing, which ensures there is always opportunity for to stretch and challenge her knowledge and skills.

Francesca is keen to continue with her education and a career in this sector. She would like to progress on to a degree apprenticeship in Chartered Management and gain her CMI status, or even explore options such as getting involved in the support of learners on their apprenticeship journey.

With the progress already made here, Francesca looks forward to seeing what her future at Training 2000 looks like.

Real Life Story: Pia

Pia, 22 from Burnley came to Training 2000 as a Business Administration Apprentice after completing her A-Levels at College.

She began as an Apprentice at Training 2000 as a HSE Administrator. Pia has completed her Level 2 and Level 3 in Business Administration which has given her the skills and knowledge to work in an environment like Training 2000 but has also enabled her to progress towards a career in the Health and Safety Industry.

Following her Apprenticeship, Pia became a full time member of staff and is now a HSE Trainee. This involve dealing with HSE queries from staff and contacting external employees about health and safety. In order to progress, Pia then started a Level 3 SHE Technician Apprenticeship course which she has almost finished. She is just waiting to begin her End Point Assessment which includes a project, professional discussion and an exam.

Taking this course has allowed Pia to become a member of IOSH which is the institution of safety and health. As a member, she also has to complete on an ongoing basis, her CPD which again helps to develop her skills in Health and Safety.

Pia said “once I have completed my Level 3 SHE Technician apprenticeship, I am looking to progress further. This qualification will allow me to become a Technician member of IOSH and allow me to progress to Level 5 which my manager is keen to support me in. Once I have passed Level 3 my job title will change to Health and Safety Advisor for Training 2000. My future aspiration is for me to become a graduate member of IOSH and build my training to better myself as in this sector”.

 

Real Life Story: Frankie

Currently working on her HND after becoming fully qualified Frankie, living in Skipton, knew from aged 13 that she wanted to get into Engineering. Her high school – South Craven in Keighley – celebrated Girls into Engineering day and her mind was made up. Frankie participated in Training 2000s Saturday morning club in Year 10 and this solidified that she was sure this was the direction that she wanted to take her career. This programme also helped Frankie get her apprenticeship placement at 3M in Clitheroe.

Frankie said about the Saturday morning club, “I would seriously recommend the club to anyone interested in Engineering and also those who are not too sure. There is not enough time spent on Engineering in high school to really get to grips with whether you like it or not. This course lets you actually try the different sections within Engineering. I also know that it is what employers are looking for as everyone I knew on my course secured jobs and placements through completing it.”

Straight from completing her GCSEs, Frankie began as an Advanced Tool Making apprentice here at Training 2000 and with her company 3M. Her decision to complete an apprenticeship was down to her brother completing his at our Nelson site in previous years. She came to an open day and decided that this was her path. The idea of earning money and becoming a more independent person was also an element that enticed her towards an apprenticeship.

One thing that Frankie did notice walking into a male dominated environment was that the older employees were not used to working with women. Some people made it clear that they didn’t like it and so the Head of Supervisors who is also a female, dismissed any issues, and the working atmosphere became a happier place.

Frankie was proud to say that she received the same opportunities as all other employers however, outdated opinions did lead to her being challenged for being a woman in the Engineering world. She said that “females in general are fiery and will get what they want”.

When asked what she had learned that wasn’t skill related, Frankie said that she had become a better person due to her confidence growing throughout the programme.

Looking towards the future, Frankie wants to move above and beyond a Tool Maker and has two possible paths in mind. Health and safety representative is a role she is set on due to her been on the health and safety team at work shows the other job role will be going into management.

When asked if she had any advice for young girls wanting to get into Engineering, she said “you need to be aware of males giving you stick, they will give you a hard time because they are not used to seeing you in this environment. As long as you are not afraid to get your hands dirty, you will be fine. You will develop a thick skin and learn to give it back to them, they will respect you.”

Frankie did acknowledge that it isn’t fair but it won’t change if you don’t challenge it. She was quiet and reserved when she started her Apprenticeship and this has taught her to stand up for herself and helped her grow as a person. “The Engineering mentality comes with time, you don’t need to have it when you start. This process has made me the strong woman I am today.”

 

Real Life Story: Naomi

Engineering Apprentice Naomi, knew from choosing her GCSE options in year 9 that she wanted to get into Engineering. She attended Darwen Vale High School and Engineering College where she was supported and directed to participate in Training 2000s Aspiring Engineers club. Naomi attended this for two years running before beginning an Advanced Sheet Metal Apprenticeship here at Training 2000 with Paradigm Precision.

Naomi continued on her pre-determined path of becoming a woman in Engineering, however, her Mental Health took a turn which meant that she stepped away from her position at Paradigm Precision and Engineering in general. She was prescribed anti-depressant medication and following this decided to get back into the world of work with a different direction. Naomi went on the work at a Solicitors for a year followed by managing a number of restaurant before dipping her toes back into Engineering.

Metal Polishing at a small firm in Darwen was what reignited her love of all things Engineering. Aged 22, this steered Naomi to apply for a position with Presspart in Blackburn. After a year of working within this company, a Tool Making job came up and she grabbed it with both hands. Although not having the desired qualification, Naomi convinced management to give her the position and put her through a Tool Making apprenticeship with Training 2000. This is where we are currently.

When asked what made her want to complete an apprenticeship, Naomi said that it was a no brainer for her. “You get paid whilst you are learning and training. You are employed whilst you train and you have a company that are going to stick by you. It’s not the same level of support that you would get a College.”

“I always knew that I wanted to do Engineering and I know that this is what I will be doing for the rest of my life. I just like creating things from nothing, being hands on.”

When asked what she had learned that wasn’t skill related, Naomi said that she has discovered the art of portraying yourself in a professional manner both inside and outside of the workplace. To quote Naomi “you are advertising your company at all times, you need to think about that and remain professional”.

Looking to the future, Naomi wants to progress within Pressparts to a managment level or maybe higher. Adding further, “the goal at the moment is to perfect everything that I know and all of the skills that I have learnt over the years. I won’t be a position where someone can questioned me based on me being a woman in engineering.”

“If I can say anything to to future apprentices it would be to take full advantage of the apprenticeship programme. It is not often you are lucky enough to get a second chance like I did!”

 

 

Real Life Story: Bethany

Former Training 2000 apprentice Bethany Smithson continues on successful journey to becoming a dental therapist  

A young mum-of-two from Blackburn has moved a step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a dental therapist thanks to support from Training 2000.

Now, Bethany Smithson, 28, has begun a degree in dental hygiene and therapy at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), following extensive support from the apprentice training provider.

Through Training 2000, Bethany has completed a Level 3 in Dental Nursing and re-sat both her English and maths GCSEs, as well as gaining valuable experience working as a Career Development Advisor within the Training 2000 dental team for the last five years.

The former Darwen Vale High School pupil left school more than ten years ago with no core GCSE’s and no real idea of what her future would hold.

She said: “I completed beauty therapy and legal secretary courses at college before having my first child when I was 17. It was when I went onto work as a part-time receptionist at Bateman and Best Dental Practice in Darwen that I realised I wanted to work in dental nursing and thankfully, through support from the Practice and Training 2000, I am now on my way to achieving this dream.”

Seeing Bethany gain skills and confidence, Bateman and Best Dental Practice supported her to study for her Level 3 in Dental Nursing with training provider and she continued working there until 2014 when she joined the staff at Training 2000.

“Working as a Career Development Advisor within the dental team really helped me further my knowledge of the industry and as I was able to re-take my GCSEs at the same time, it was even more beneficial” Bethany said. “Now, after having my second child and completing an access course, I am excited to become a UCLan student and begin my degree studies.”

Bethany’s tutor and Business Manager Rowena, at Training 2000 said: “We are really proud of Beth’s hard work and dedication to strive for this career progression to follow her ultimate aim to become a hygiene therapist. She is a role model to others and proves what is possible if you apply yourself and remain focused on what you want to achieve. The Uclan degree course will now be her next step and she has been accepted onto the course where only 15 are chosen out of 250 applicants. She is an ambassador to our current apprentices.”

Bethany added: “After completing my degree, I may go onto work in the NHS or complete another dentistry qualification. My long-term dream is to open my own clinic with my sister, specialising in teeth whitening, scale and polish and other cosmetic procedures. It’s exciting to know I now have excellent career prospects and it began with Training 2000, who provided me with the experience, tools and knowledge which has proven invaluable.

“I have worked along-side some lovely and amazing colleagues in the amazing dental team at Training 2000.”

Matthew wins GOLD at WorldSkills UK Finals!

Such amazing news to find out that Matthew Sutton from Abbotts in Blackburn has won GOLD in the Automotive Body Repair finals at the World Skills UK finals over the weekend!

To say we are proud would be an understatement! All of that hard work has payed off incredibly and he now has a GOLD MEDAL to show for it.

Matthew performed exceptionally well and now has the chance to compete as part of TeamUK for the WorldSkills Finals in Shanghai 2021. Watch this space as we await the announcement of the squad in early December!

Real Life Story: Laura

Laura started her apprenticeship after two years of study with a sixth form college. She applied for her job at Ghyllmount Dental Practice and then began her apprenticeship in order to learn and develop her knowledge and skills whilst she worked in a busy environment.

Through completing this apprenticeship Laura has discovered in interest in oral surgery and is planning on developing into this field. Laura states that the three most useful skills that she has learned during this process are working well under pressure, flexibility and good communication.

When asked if she would recommend Apprenticeships she said “Yes, apprenticeships are a great way of learning. Not only do you gain a qualification by completing written work and examinations, but you are able to learn skills on the go in a busy working environment, which will aid you in every day jobs of the role.”

When asked if there was anything unexpected included in her apprenticeship “I have not only completed my training to become a dental nurse but I have also completed CPR training, broadened my knowledge on patients with dementia and autism and how to make coming for appointments as relaxed and comfortable as possible for them. I have been given training on how to recognise and manage stress in the workplace.”

Real Life Story: David

David left college after realising his first year wasn’t taking him in the direction that he wanted to go in.

He decided to complete a Business Admin Traineeship here at Training 2000 in order to continue onto his Level 2 AAT course. These courses were great for David as he is a hands on learner and benefited from the immediate work experience that was on offer.

David works at East Lancashire Hospital Trust in a Finance role and the AAT Apprenticeship has helped him in gaining a deeper understanding of his contributions and role within his workplace.

David is now commencing his Level 4 with plans to complete CIMA and become a Chartered Accountant.

Real Life Story: Michael

Michael first began his Accounting Apprenticeship back in November 2015 after completing his A-Levels and deciding University was not the route for him. Training providers such as Training 2000 visited his school and this is an aspect that helped him to decide on completing an Apprenticeship. This education route was also appealing to Michael as it meant that he could remain living at home close to his family.

Throughout his Apprenticeship, Michael has gained technical knowledge that has helped him to excel within his workplace.

When asked about his plans for the future, Michael said that ‘his Apprenticeship has helped to push him into wanting to become a Chartered Accountant’.

Michael also pointed out that he would most definitely recommend Apprenticeship schemes as you are gaining similar qualifications as going to University would give you however, you are also gaining that invaluable work experience that many, if not all employers are looking for.

Real Life Story: Sumiya

Sumiya started her Apprenticeship in 2016, after completing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social care. She initially decided to complete a Business Admin Apprenticeship as one of her friends had suggested it to her. Once she was aware of the pathway however, the availability of progression was a deal maker when it came to deciding her educational future.

This led her to successfully apply for a position at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT). Throughout her employment here, Sumiya has benefited from her Apprenticeship qualifications as they have helped her to gain a promotion within the first 12 months of being there!

When discussing her placement, Sumiya said that ‘continuing my apprenticeship and gaining further qualifications, will mean even more opportunities at ELHT in a business support role. By combining experience and education, I am looking to work towards my goal of becoming a Business Manager within the Trust’.

When asked is she would recommend the Apprenticeship scheme to other, it was an adamant yes. She said that it is an excellent alternative to college and university, because you are earning as well as gaining the same qualification in the end.

Real Life Story: Jake

Jake completed his Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Engineering Technical Support whilst in employment at Steel Dynamics, Blackburn.

The earning whilst learning aspect was extremely appealing to Jake once he has finished High School. Looking back,he acknowledges that all of his knock backs in interviews had prepared him for the more suited position at Steel Dynamics.

Jake says that he would recommend an Apprenticeship to ‘everyone as you are gaining your qualifications alongside valuable work experience. This career paths helped me to mature and grow in independence’.

This Apprenticeship has helped Jake to use his initiative in certain situations as well as growing as a person and as part a of team. This has been the experience of many Apprentices across the programme.

Real Life Story: Preston City Council

Three apprentices from Preston City Council and Harris Museum are celebrating the successful completion of their Level 2 Customer Services apprenticeships. Not only that but they are the first three to complete the new style of apprenticeships since the Apprenticeship Reforms were introduced in May 2017.

On completion of their apprenticeship, Charlotte and Abigail have been offered full time positions within the company, and Liya has progressed and is now studying for her Master’s Degree.

Jonny, a Training 2000 Career Development Advisor said, “I am so proud of my learners and all that they have achieved throughout their apprenticeships. Not only that, but two of them also obtained distinctions in their end results which shows the high standards they set themselves and were able to achieve. Preston City Council is a very supportive employer who consistently employ apprentices throughout the business and are a great ambassador for apprenticeships.”

Steph, the Learning and Development manager for Preston City Council added, “The 3 apprentices have worked very hard to achieve this qualification. It is great for us as an organisation to see the progress the apprentices make and for them to go on to bigger and better things.”

Real Life Story: Joanne

Joanne aged 50 started the Dental Nursing Apprenticeship with low self-esteem and confidence. She was showing fantastic abilities and qualities of a Dental Nurse and was enjoying her role within the practice. With good feedback on assessment and good exam results from her Dental exams and Functional Skills, Joanne’s confidence started to grow.

Joanne passed all her exams with flying colours and she started to believe in her ability to complete the qualification. She started to think about her future. Her daughter moved to Guernsey and on visiting fell in love with the Country.

Joanne recently informed us that on her last visit to Guernsey she had completed an interview with the local hospital for the position of a Dental Nurse with accommodation provided. She has just had the news she has been successful!

The changes in Joanne within 18 months has been amazing to see and it feels very satisfying to think that Training 2000 have been part of this positive change and impact on Joanne’s life.

Joanne commented “Training 2000 and Emma my assessor were very supportive and provided lots of encouragement throughout. Overall it has been a fantastic experience!”

Real Life Story: Bradley

Bradley began his Business Admin Apprenticeship at Avondale Primary School after his first year at college wasn’t what he had planned or had expected.

He realised that he would be able to better himself in an environment where you learn by doing. He saw this Apprenticeship as an opportunity to gain skills and qualifications whilst also earning a wage.

Through completing this Apprenticeship, Bradley said that he has “learned how to be more organised as well as bettering his communication skills within a working environment”. He pointed out that he has benefited from making new connections within his company which has in turn helped him to secure a permanent position following the completion of this Apprenticeship.

Bradley would recommend our Apprenticeships to others because “they provide experience in a working environment, help to develop skills and build on new ones.”

Real Life Story: Taylor

Taylor completed her Dental Nursing Apprenticeship in 2016 and knew from day one that she wanted to progress into the Dental Industry and become a Dental Hygienist and Therapist. This decisiveness was helped by the fact that she had already been in a surgery placement for six months prior.

As she enjoyed the work set for her throughout her Apprenticeship, she was always extremely prompt in completing and returning her assignments.

Taylor said “I am so thankful for the training that I received from Emma and Training 2000 and I would 100% recommend the Dental Nursing Apprenticeship to anyone who is determined to make it into the Dental Nursing Industry.”

Real Life Story: Justina

Justina started her Business Apprenticeship at Inspired Energy in Kirkham in October 2017.

Her brilliant attitude to work has helped in the overcoming of challenges throughout her journey as an Apprentice immensely. Justina has always taken feedback on board and then strived to improve in any way that she can. She has been committed, driven and put her all into her professional portfolio.

Justina’s standard of work both at Training 2000 and within her company position has been exceptional. She has managed to secure a permanent position in her company on the back of this and is now looking at what else she can do to progress within the company, including more qualifications.

Justina has become the first Business Admin Level 3 Apprentice on the new Standards at Training 2000 to go through her End Point Assessment (EPA) process, from which she received distinctions across the board. Justina’s Tutor Nicola had nothing but praise and said “It has been a pleasure working with her as her drive and commitment to both her Apprenticeship and her work have been admirable.”

Justina added “Training 2000’s teaching methods were really unique to each individual and therefore supplemented what I was learning in the workplace really well. From this course, I have acquired and strengthened many skills including my ability to present and hold an interview with the newly discovered confidence I achieved through Nicola’s guidance.”

Real Life Story: Daisy Communications

Daisy is a leading independent unified communications provider, providing business broadband, VoIP, telephone systems and IT solutions throughout the UK. The company plans are to focus on succession planning and ensuring Daisy, as an employer, has a talent pipeline to retain, grow and attract individuals to ensured continued business growth. Their vision is to drive training through new recruits and upskilling the existing workforce across the group nationwide in an ever rapid changing environment.

They chose infrastructure apprenticeships due to the growth of the ICT industry and demand with a lack of skilled workforce for the future.

The apprentices will become highly skilled and knowledgeable individuals with formal qualifications which will make them trained professionals within their roles. These individuals could be the managers of the future.

Apprenticeships also re-motivate and rejuvenate others with innovative ideas to drive the business forward.

Overall there will be increased performance  and it will encourage talent growth and allowing time away from the job to study will prove the worth in the long term investment.

Suzanne Winslow, Daisy’s Group Apprenticeship Manager said:

“The apprenticeship levy has brought fantastic opportunities to develop our existing workforce. This is the first cohort of 8 infrastructure technicians and all is going well. This course has been designed to develop and challenge their existing knowledge. The learners will obtain some fantastic industry recognised qualifications.”

Ian Ford a Senior Engineer at Daisy Communications added:

“I’ve been with the group for 18 years, and I’ve always looked at ways of how to progress and better myself.  When the Apprenticeship opportunity came along I jumped at the chance!  Five fantastic modules over a two year period, a real opportunity to upskill and take myself to the next level.  The other apprentices have been great and incredibly supportive; a real team ethic supported by the Managers and Training 2000”.

Shaun Lang, Associate Engineer/ IT Field Engineer/ Retail Break and Fix Engineer, said:

“This course is very interesting and I am able to learn lots of new things. The course is appropriate to the industry in which I work but also the future of the industry. Taking part in this programme already makes me want to learn more and more. Very happy.”

Rowena Brough, Business Manager at Training 2000 stated:” Daisy has provided excellent opportunities to upskill their workforce which we are proud to deliver the training for.”

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 http://www.training2000.co.uk/our-courses/full-time-course/ ‘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.”