CEO Steve Gray volunteered to experience Training 2000 life in a different role

November 24, 2014

In an inspired move to raise money for the Christie Charity’s The Big Do this year, our company CEO, Steve Gray, volunteered to experience life at Training 2000 in a different role in the organisation.

In return for a donation to the charity, employees voted for which position he would take on and thanks to donations and votes from the entire Engineering team, he found himself in the role of an Engineering Instructor – quite a change from his usual position.

Steve spent the first part of his “hour in the life of” an Engineering Instructor examining our cutting-edge 3D printers and exploring both their real-life applications and how they enhance our engineering programmes. Learners design parts on a computer system using code, which is then turned into usable parts both on 3D printers and in traditional CNC turning.

Steve, who tested the knowledge of engineering tutor Stephen Hall with lots of questions, complimented the forward-thinking department, stating;

“As well as printing fun items like minions and lamps, I’m glad we use these printers to teach. If we don’t get a hold on this technology now, we’ll get left behind, which is why we’re moving into this field. They’re printing plane parts in Tornados now, next it will be human organs. It’s absolutely fantastic.”

We have a large, busy CNC machine workshop within Training 2000, filled with the equipment used in modern industry. It is in here that Steve worked along-side engineering student Sophie, as she expertly programmed and corrected the machine.

In the final part of the hour, Steve moved into the suite of laptops within the engineering centre, wherein Steve was professionally guided through the process of building the computer programme that creates the parts.

Steve concluded “It’s really useful to get the opportunity to come down here and speak to this department, to talk about our exciting vision for its future.”

Mary McLaughlin, Corporate Fundraising Officer at The Christie Charity said;

“We were delighted to have the support of everyone at Training 2000 Ltd for our Big Do fundraising campaign this year.  It was great to see all their employees, even the CEO, getting into the spirit of things and making such an effort to raise as much as possible.  Their fantastic donation will make a real difference to the lives of cancer patients in the North-West and further afield.”

Monies raised for the Christie Charity can be used in a variety of ways, with funds available for everything from research into specific types of cancers through to complementary therapy for patients.

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