Training 2000 Book Donation Speaks Volumes

Training 2000 has provided text books to enable a learner in Gambia to start a Level 2 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification.

Ousman Sawo, 37, worked as a labourer to build the Don McMath Foundation School in Gambia before being asked to join its teaching staff as school administrator.

During this time, Ousman completed the Level 1 AAT qualification and is going to use the books donated by Training 2000 to prepare for his Level 2 AAT qualification which he plans to start as soon as he has raised the necessary funding.

The school, founded by Anne McMath, is named after her late husband Don, a teacher in Sussex until 1991 and is the first and only free school that provides teaching, equipment and uniforms for more than 300 of the poorest children in Gambia.

Suzanne York, an external verifier for AAT who regularly visits the school in Gambia, said: “Ousman started his education late in life so he feels very privileged and thankful that these books have been donated to him, especially as he is constantly looking to expand his skills and learn as much as he possibly can.

“Every one of the 350 students at the Don McMath Foundation School is supported in their education by UK sponsors who pay £60 per year for each child’s education. This has to cover paying the teachers, supplying the uniforms and equipment, along with paying for electricity, so any donations are always greatly appreciated and will help to create opportunities for young people in Gambia.”

Rowena Brough, business manager at Training 2000, added: “Our business has formed strong links with AAT so we felt honoured to present Ousman with some accountancy books that would enhance his learning and help him to achieve the Level 2 qualification. We are always happy to donate what we can to charitable organisations and I’m sure we will be able to make further donations to the school in the future.”

Apprentices are medal winners at national Skills final

Seven apprentices studying with Training 2000 secured medals at the recent National finals of the WorldSkills UK competition.

The ‘Lancashire Hotpots’ and ‘Blackpool Rocks’ teams of AAT Accountancy apprentices together with a Mechanical CAD (Computer Aided Design) apprentice were victorious at the Skills Show, held at Birmingham NEC between 14-16 November 2013.  After showcasing their technical and employability skills in the regional and semi-finals, the apprentices joined 800 of the country’s most talented learners at Birmingham NEC and competed in front of 100,000 visitors.

 

The ‘Lancashire Hotpots’ team, comprised of 19-year-old Comply Direct employee Olivia Milligan, John Painter, 21, who works at Hindle, Jepson and Jennings Ltd and 24-year-old PM+M Solutions employee, Sarah Clancey.

The ‘Blackpool Rocks’ team, comprised of 20-year-old Safe Hands Care employee Victoria Clark, Damon Rhodes, 24, who works at Danbro Accountants and 19-year-old Royal Blackburn Hospital employee, Emma Bowker.

Both teams went head to head in the Accounting Technician final and fought off tough competition from 10 other teams – ‘Lancashire Hotpots’ won the silver medal, and Blackpool Rocks won the bronze.

To add to the medal haul, talented Engineering apprentice Andrew Cartwright who works at Warrington-based Nuvia, won the bronze medal, battling against the nine other competitors in his Mechanical CAD engineering category.

Steve Gray, CEO at Training 2000, said: We are very proud of our winning apprentices. It is an excellent achievement to be recognised on a national level and for all of our apprentices to be ranked in the top three of their field is a testament to their success.

National Worldskills UK Final Beckons For Training 2000 Apprentices

Seven apprentices studying with Training 2000 are heading to Birmingham NEC to complete in the final of the coveted WorldSkills UK competition from 14-16 November.

The apprentices, who are studying finance and engineering qualifications, will join 800 of the country’s most talented learners at Birmingham NEC to compete in front of 100,000 visitors in 70 skills ranging from floristry to mechanical engineering.

After showcasing their technical and employability skills in earlier rounds, two teams of three will go head to head in the Accounting Technician category whilst an engineering apprentice will compete in the Mechanical CAD (Computer Aided Design) category.

The Blackburn AAT team, ‘Lancashire Hotpots’ comprises of 19-year-old Comply Direct employee Olivia Milligan, John Painter, 21, who works at Hindle, Jepson and Jennings Ltd and 24-year-old PM&M Solutions employee, Sarah Clancey. The Blackpool AAT team, which comprises 20-year-old Safehands Care employee Victoria Clark, Damon Rhodes, 24, who works at Danbro Accountants and 19-year-old Royal Blackburn Hospital employee, Emma Bowker are known as ‘Blackpool Rocks’.

Andrew Cartwright, aged 21, who works at Warrington-based Nuvia and is currently undertaking an Apprenticeship with Training 2000, is set to compete in the Mechanical CAD (Computer Aided Design) category.

The group demonstrated competence in their technical knowledge, which will be drawn upon in order to become the national winner.

Lianne Whittaker, business assurance coordinator at Training 2000, said: “Being invited to compete at The Skills Show 2013 is a fantastic achievement for the teams and it will give them the opportunity to showcase their skills and experience at a national level. The skills competition is a prestigious event and Training 2000 is thrilled to be able to support them all on their journey.”

“This is a testament to the quality of training that they receive and we would like to wish them all the luck in the world for the final.”