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A Busy Week for Mark!

Mark, one of our Advanced Technical Tutors in Engineering who is also the WorldSkills Training Manager for CNC Turning has had a busy week talking to apprentices and businesses about WorldSkills as well as supporting his competitors at a WorldSkills training camp. Last week, Mark spent four days at the MACH 2018 exhibition at the NEC in... April 17, 2018

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Training 2000 tutor supports WorldSkills competitors

Training 2000 have been involved with WorldSkills competitions for many years, but this year we have an extra reason to celebrate. One of our Advanced Technical Tutors in Engineering has become the WorldSkills Training... March 8, 2018

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Houghto-mix unit

Here's our Technical Engineer Dave and Phil, Equipment Project Engineer for Houghton, proudly showing off our newly commissioned Houghto-mix unit in our Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Centre. The Houghto-mix... February 20, 2018

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A little bit extra for our automotive apprentices

You get a little bit extra when become a Training 2000 automotive apprentice.  Our Heavy Vehicle apprentices are given free membership of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers. This is one of the most respected... February 20, 2018

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Apprentices raise money for Derian House

A huge congratulations are in order for a group of Level 2/3 Business Admin apprentices who braved the cold and rain to walk up Pendle Hill while raising money for Derian House. The group raised a grand total of... February 12, 2018

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Foodbank collection

A huge congratulations goes to our Level 4 Business Admin Apprentices, who before Christmas collected a huge amount for the Blackburn FoodBank. The collectors were overwhelmed with the contributions and all of your donations were gratefully... January 4, 2018

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Ben’s early Christmas present

Our Automotive team have shown that we really are an amazing place with amazing people. They have all clubbed together and bought their admin apprentice, Ben, a car. The car was nearly a write off when it was bought, but the tutors and automotive apprentices have brought it back to life as part of their apprenticeship. Ben was completely... December 12, 2017

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Military Prep learners pay their respects

We are very proud of our Military Preparation learners for the respect they have shown at the remembrance parades in Blackpool and... November 12, 2017

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Macmillan Coffee (and cake) morning

We held a bake off competition then sold the amazing cakes to raise money for Macmillan. Well done to our Business Development Manager, Sue, who made the winning gravity defying cake. We raised a total of... September 28, 2017

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GCSE results day 2017

Before results day Have a look at alternatives in case things don’t go to plan. We have courses available to give you the step up you need to progress onto an Apprenticeship. Decide who you want to take with... August 22, 2017

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LEJOG

A huge congratulations to a group of staff from Training 2000 that cycled 926 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats in 9 days! So far they have raised £3500 for Derian House! Here's their journey in... August 21, 2017

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Famous Former Apprentices – an Apprenticeship Can Take You Places!

By starting an apprenticeship, young people are able to gain hands on experience in the industry of their choice whilst still receiving targeted, career building training – all whilst avoiding the debt that a university degree can bring. There are so many examples of leaders in their field who started as an apprentice, who offer an... April 26, 2017

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‘Secret’ searches with Google Dorks – are you secure?

In 2016 an unbelievably high amount of people rely on search engines to find vital information – and businesses need sites such as Google to reach customers, with both Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Pay Per Click (PPC) two bespoke marketing professions whose job it is to increase visibility via sites such as the American search... September 29, 2016

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National Insurance Exemption for Apprentices

From 6 April 2016, there is a new National Insurance exemption for apprentices who are under the age of 25. Firms that employ qualifying apprentices no longer need to pay employer Class 1 Secondary National... September 21, 2016

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5 Key Benefits of an Engineering Apprenticeship

So you want to become an engineering apprentice – great choice! Building a strong career in a key industry offers a wide range of advantages, both professionally and personally. The reasons that engineers start and... August 8, 2016

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AMAC Official Launch – 9th September

AMAC Official Opening Event We are pleased to invite you to attend the official opening and launch of the AMAC. Guests of honour from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and North West Aerospace Alliance will... August 1, 2016

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Plumb bob – the next generation

It’s the end of an era in the Training 2000 engineering department as the final plumb bob has been produced. Plumb bob’s have been a part of the engineering apprentice programme for many years and will be replaced... July 25, 2016

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Apprenticeship Reforms Factsheet – Key Information for Businesses

There are many ongoing reforms within the apprenticeship sector, including as the new 'Trailblazer' standards which provide the basis for all apprenticeships going forward - replacing the previous frameworks - and the Apprenticeship Levy which will come into force from April 2017. To help businesses get to grips with the changes, we have... June 2, 2016

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Why studying our Engineering HNC is the perfect next step!

There are so many reasons to study an engineering HNC with Training 2000, the sky is the limit to where it could take you! Check out our infographic below and get in contact with us to learn... May 10, 2016

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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... March 23, 2016

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5 ways to make your CV shine

Applying for a job can seem extremely overbearing, especially if you have never done it before. Writing a CV which really sells you as a candidate, and writing a personal statement or cover letter which is bespoke for... March 22, 2016

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5 Reasons an Apprenticeship Could be For You

Working out your career path is a big choice for anyone to make – thinking about what you could thrive at, balanced with what you enjoy doing. A bigger choice still is how to get there. Here we outline some of the... March 8, 2016

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Our top 5 GCSE revision tips

As the days and weeks race by, exam season is upon us. It might only seem like yesterday that the school year started but now we are well into the new year, the summer exams are fast approaching. We've put together... February 17, 2016

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4 ways hiring an apprentice can revolutionise your business

Hiring an apprentice has the potential to change your business for the better, with a wealth of positives from growing your workforce in this way. With different apprenticeships, starting with school leavers at 16 right up to young people in their 20’s, there are a range of options to choose from. We have put together some pointers on how an... February 15, 2016

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7 Top Tips for ‘Bossing’ Your First Job Interview

Applying for your first job can be a stressful time – and when you get offered that first interview a mixture of excitement, nerves and everything in between is only natural. The first thing to remember is congratulate yourself! It is a great achievement to get an interview with often dozens of candidates vying for any position. You clearly... February 4, 2016

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Meet Michael, our AAT Apprentice

We wanted to do a little spotlight on our AAT Apprentice, Michael Buckley who is carrying out an AAT Apprenticeship with Training 2000.  My role at Training 2000 I work in the Finance department as a second year... January 21, 2016

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It’s all gone Cyber at Training 2000

We’re delighted to announce that Sarah Green has this week joined the Training 2000 team as Business Manager for Cyber Security. Sarah’s role will be to develop a new cyber security training facility based in... January 15, 2016

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February Open Evenings

Nelson Open Evening - Thursday 18th February - 5.30-8.00pm Join us for: Have a go activities Advice on your future Refreshments The chance to talk to employers about their apprenticeship... December 15, 2015

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Autumn Statement: The Apprenticeship Levy

This is the first fully Conservative Autumn Statement since the Conservatives came into power and it has been full of surprises from the Chancellor, who has made unexpected u-turns on austerity whilst increasing... November 26, 2015

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Military Preparation learners mark Remembrance Sunday

In honour of Remembrance Sunday, our Military Prep learners and staff spent the weekend attending Remembrance Parades across Lancashire. Always held on the second Sunday in November, Remembrance Sunday is held as a way to commemorate the contribution of British military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and other... November 9, 2015

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Steve Gray responds to low-quality Apprenticeship claims

As the largest Group Training Association in England, we were pleased when Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector from Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, commissioned a survey into the delivery of Apprenticeships. The report covered many aspects, including the promotion, delivery and impact of Apprenticeships but mainly identified the “guilty parties” on... October 30, 2015

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Weekly Open Nights – Every Tuesday 4.30-6.30pm

It's not too late to start an Apprenticeship or full-time course with Training 2000. If you're unsure what it is you want to do or you want to find out what we have to offer, then come along and see us anytime... October 28, 2015

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It’s not too late to change your mind

Whether you are not enjoying your current course at college or sixth form, you’ve realised the classroom isn’t for you, or you have not yet enrolled anywhere, we still have places on our full-time courses and... October 14, 2015

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Apprentice National Minimum Wage Rise Starts Tomorrow

Good news as apprentices will very soon have more money in their pockets. From tomorrow the apprentice National Minimum Wage for those aged between 16-18 (or those over 19 who are in their first year) will rise by 57p... September 30, 2015

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Learner Journey: Business Administration Traineeship

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... August 4, 2015

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What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship?

So, what are the benefits of an Apprenticeship? When you're deciding what to do with your life, you need to know the facts, especially if you're choosing between an Apprenticeship or college.   Take a look at our list of the top benefits of an Apprenticeship below;   Kiss goodbye to the classroom! Apprenticeships are based on... June 17, 2015

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2015 Election: What you need to know about apprenticeships

The 2015 election is fast approaching, so what do we need to know about the main political parties and their promises on training? We are experiencing one of the strongest economic recoveries in Europe. Almost two million new jobs have been created as confidence and investment get back on track. Meanwhile, the percentage of the population in work... April 27, 2015

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Customer Relations Apprentice- Job of the week

A modern managed transport provider in Accrington is looking to appoint a Customer Relations Apprentice C-Mac Partnership Ltd in Accrington are looking to employ a Customer Relations Apprentice, working on site for... March 27, 2015

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Steve’s Blog for Employers: Spotlight on the Benefits of Traineeships

Steve Gray, CEO, shines a spotlight on the benefits of work-preparation courses such as Traineeships There are many reasons to employ an apprentice, Apprenticeships offer a unique way to invest in young people and... March 18, 2015

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CV Tips: What NOT to do when writing your CV

CV Tips! GCSE and A-Level results days’ are approaching quickly and young people across the country will be making some serious decisions about what to do with their lives. If you’re one of them, here are a few CV... March 9, 2015

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Training 2000 over the moon to attain IMechE accreditation

Training 2000 are delighted to announce that our fantastic Engineering Department have successfully attained Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) accreditation for their Apprenticeship courses. IMechE came to... February 18, 2015

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Carl Fogarty Presents Engineering Apprentices with Awards at Glittering Ceremony

Carl Fogarty, who was crowned the King of the Jungle and had an illustrious career as a champion World Superbike racer, presented trophies to talented apprentices for their achievements at Training 2000’s annual Engineering Awards. As well as presenting awards, Carl Fogarty took part in a Q & A session, where he talked to learners about his... February 12, 2015

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Business Apprenticeship: A Day in the Life of a…Business Administrator Apprentice

Hi, my name is Yannis and I am currently on a Business Apprenticeship. I am just your average teenager. I enjoy being active and also spending time with my friends when not in work. Before I started this programme, I was very sports orientated and didn’t really have a career path in mind. One of the main reasons I chose this Apprenticeship... January 28, 2015

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TES FE Awards 2015 Finalist

Training 2000 has been shortlisted for the coveted TES FE Awards 2015. The Company has been named as a finalist in the TES FE Awards 2015 Employer Engagement category along with six other providers. A panel of... December 17, 2014

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Gold & Silver at WorldSkills Finals

A group of our engineering Apprentices have taken home two gold and three silver medals from the recent national WorldSkills finals. The winning group comprises of Fort Vale Employees Jonathan Oddy and Benn Goodwill,... December 5, 2014

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

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... November 24, 2014

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First Project Controls Apprenticeship in the North West

After eight months of planning and partnership with the ECITB ten new apprentices have been recruited on the first ECITB Project Controls Apprenticeship to be run in the North West of England. This course is for... November 14, 2014

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Becoming a Duke of Edinburgh Directly Licenced Centre

In January of this year, Training 2000 was very pleased to become a Directly Licenced Centre (DLC) for the Duke of Edinburgh youth development programme. This unique scheme is a world leader, teaching key employability and personal skills, as well as enhancing the Apprenticeships and Study Programmes we already run. As one of the... November 11, 2014

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East Lancashire Fundraising Manager for MacMillan presented with cheque by Training 2000

Training 2000 has recently donated £1,131 to the MacMillan Cancer Support charity in aid of East Lancashire cancer services, raised by fundraising activities over the last year such as coffee mornings, a sponsored canal walk and fancy dress outdoor collections. Sebastien Farrell, East Lancashire Fundraising Manager at MacMillan, was delighted to... November 6, 2014

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All in the name of charity

We’ve been busy here at Training 2000 over the last couple of weeks, baking cakes, wearing orange, playing bingo (it’s a hard life) all in the name of charity. Our Business Traineeship students have raised £273 in... October 20, 2014

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Recommend a friend to study at Training 2000 and get £50

Recommend a friend who is interested in taking part in an apprenticeship or study programme to Training 2000 and we'll give you fifty pounds! Filling in the recommend a friend form is simple. It really is as easy as... October 8, 2014

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Our apprentices have been invited to the Houses of Parliament!

Two of our apprentices from Training 2000 have beaten off competition from all over the country to be shortlisted for the finals of the GTA England Apprentice of the Year Awards. The finalists are – Andrew... October 7, 2014

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Thousands more young people choosing Apprenticeships

Our employers have always known that apprenticeships allow them to train young people with industry specific and practical skills. Yet how do young people feel about the opportunities that Apprenticeships provide for... September 16, 2014

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World Skills show finals – here we come!

Training 2000 definitely have some World Skills! We have just received the fantastic news that six of our apprentices have been selected to take part in the prestigious World Skills UK Finals. Taking place on 13-15th November at Birmingham NEC Arena, the Skills Show hosts the WorldSkills UK national competitions, bringing skills to life as the... August 14, 2014

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UK car industry exporting at record rate

There has been some good news for our automotive learners and employers in the UK car industry, as Britain’s luxury car brands are experiencing strong demand from overseas. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders expects just under 1.6m cars to roll off UK car industry production lines in 2014. In July, UK car manufacturing output rose... August 14, 2014

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The raising of the school-leaving age and what it means to you

The government have made some changes to how long people have to remain in education or further training. This means that pupils who finish year 11 have to continue until at least their 18th birthday, the new... August 14, 2014

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Dominating the National Apprenticeship Awards Regional Finals

A highly successful evening was had by Training 2000’s learners and employers at the National Apprenticeship Awards North West Regional Finals, where we really dominated. At this years National Apprenticeship Awards... August 14, 2014

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Donation Benefits Engineers Of Tomorrow

A gift of two assembly machines by the 3M manufacturing site at Clitheroe will be helping apprentices across the North West to learn the tools of their trade. The machines have been donated to Training 2000 and will... August 6, 2014

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World Recognition For Training 2000 Is On The Money

Training 2000 has been named by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) as one of the best AAT training providers in the world. Training 2000 picked up the ‘AAT Small Training Provider of the Year’... April 11, 2014

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Engineering Apprentices Recognised At Awards Ceremony

Training 2000, the largest Group Training Association in England, hosted its annual Engineering on 29 November 2013 recognising learners and businesses from across the country. The glittering awards ceremony, held at Visions Learning Trust UTC, a University Technical College, in Burnley, which specialises in engineering and construction, saw... December 9, 2013

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