Ex-Apprentice turned Operations Director hails next generation of Apprentices

Leyland Trucks’ operations director began work as an engineering apprentice in 1977 he hoped it would be the start of a fruitful career. Almost four decades later and Peter Jukes is using his knowledge to support the next generation of apprentices.

Leyland Trucks in the UK’s leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles. The £850m revenue business based in the heart of Lancashire currently employs 11 apprentices and plans to recruit an additional six from September this year.

Peter said: “Gaining an Apprenticeship is a valuable tool that enables you to enter the world of work equipped with the necessary skills to progress in your chosen career.

“Training as an apprentice proved a fantastic start to my career. Leyland Trucks helped me to progress and in return, I aim to use my experiences and expertise to nurture today’s young talent.”

Peter recently presented certificates to a trio of skilled Leyland Trucks apprentices, marking completion of their training.

Jake Foster from Hindley Green, Wigan, Robert Hall from Penwortham and Lewis Walker from Walton le Dale, Preston completed an Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Heavy Vehicle with the help of the largest group training association (GTA) in England, Training 2000.

Heavy Vehicle Apprenticeships are specifically designed for those wishing to progress in a career in the motor industry, equipping them with the necessary technical knowledge and ability to deliver quality work.

Peter continued: “As a traditional company with more than a century of expertise in automotive manufacturing, we’ve seen first-hand how Apprenticeships can help to attract fresh new talent.

“Training 2000 has helped to ensure that the education our apprentices receive mirrors our business needs and requirements, ensuring these individuals reach their full potential and have a real impact on productivity and performance.

“As part of our commitment to supporting future engineers, we’ve donated a Cummins 6.7 Litre Euro 5 engine to Training 2000’s automotive training centre to help further boost apprentice learning.”

Steve Hodgson, Automotive Business Manager at Training 2000 added: “In an industry that’s in real need of talented young people, we’ve continued to supply Leyland Trucks with budding automotive and engineering apprentices.

“We’re delighted with the progress that Jake, Robert and Lewis have made and look forward to seeing how they develop in the future.”

Apprenticeship Award Success

Training 2000 is celebrating Apprenticeship award success after four employers and two apprentices working at East Lancashire businesses have been shortlisted in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Blackburn’s Partwell Ltd and Nelson-based Graham Engineering are up against each other in the Medium Employer of the Year Category whilst Barnoldswick-based Rolls-Royce PLC and Darwen based WEC Group are shortlisted in the Large employer of the Year category.

Matthew Woodhouse, 20, from Oswaldtwistle who works at Partwell Ltd has been shortlisted in the Advanced Apprentice of the Year category and Rolls-Royce employee Sara Underwood is up for the Higher Apprentice of the Year accolade.

Speaking of his Apprenticeship award success, Matthew said: “I am delighted to be shortlisted for the regional finals as it shows how far I have come as an apprentice. It shows that hard work and dedication can really bring success. I am looking forward to the evening and I hope I can go further”

Rowena Brough, Business Manager at Training 2000 added: “Matthew has remained committed and focused on his career path and understands the importance achieving his qualifications through his Apprenticeship. Partwell, Matthew’s employer, worked closely with Training 2000 to support his Apprenticeship and offer him this opportunity”.

Taylor-Jayne Fox, Business Development Manager at Graham Engineering Ltd added “We are thrilled and excited to have been chosen as finalists for this award as we have been working hard, listening to what our Apprentices feel will benefit and enhance both the company and their training, in order to make the Apprenticeship scheme and the end individual a higher skilled and knowledgeable employee”.
Speaking of his achievement, Matthew said: “I am delighted to be shortlisted for the regional finals as it shows how far I have come as an apprentice. It shows that hard work and dedication can really bring success. I am looking forward to the evening and I hope I can go further”

Steve Whitehead, Director of Education and Skills at Training 2000 is delighted to have so many apprentices and apprentice employers in the running.

“We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality training and we are very proud of our apprentices and employers that have reached the regional finals. We know there is always stiff competition for these awards and would like to wish all of our finalists the best of luck.”

The National Apprenticeship awards are in the 11th year and celebrate the very best apprentices and Apprenticeship employers.

Engineering Apprentices Showcase Talent

Engineering apprentices from across Lancashire have showcased their flair and skill at an annual open day hosted by Training 2000.

The 200 apprentices have just completed 42 weeks off-the-job training at Training 2000’s state-of-the-art centres and proudly presented their work to employers, friends and family.

The budding engineers completed specialist training in areas such as CNC machining, turning and milling, electrical engineering, CAD and design, welding and fabrication, maintenance and pneumatics.

Seventeen year old apprentice, Luke Allison, from Preston said: “I enjoyed my first year off the job training and I’ve learnt a lot. It’s great to be able to showcase our work to our friends, family and the boss.

“Soon we will all start working full-time with our employer, Baxi, and then we’ll come back to Training 2000 one day a week to complete our Apprenticeship over the next three years.”

Companies including 3M, Lupton & Place and Graham Engineering were in attendance to see the progress made by their apprentices.

Speaking of the event, Paul Duerden, Head of Engineering at Training 2000, said: “All of our apprentices have done very well and enjoy hosting these events which give them the opportunity to proudly show what they have learnt and produced.”

Training 2000’s popular engineering Apprenticeship programme has won countless awards for excellence and is renowned for its relevance to industry requirements.
The state-of-the-art facilities give learners the opportunity to develop their skills on up-to-date equipment and techniques and the completion rates are well above the national average.

Training 2000’s Bid To Boost Women In Engineering

Training 2000 marked the UK’s first national Women in Engineering Day (Monday 23 June 2014) by introducing a group of year five girls to its engineering workshop.

Led by Marilyn Pilkington, Training 2000’s 14-19 engagement manager and a strong supporter of women in engineering, the group was taken on a tour of the workshop before having a go at manufacturing a brass shaped ‘Rolo’ on a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) lathe and then engraving it on a CNC milling machine, ably assisted by female engineering apprentices Amy Langtree (19) and Joanne Gregory (21). The group was also joined by Annette Weekes, Managing Director of PDS CNC Engineering to show the girls that the career possibilities within engineering are endless.

Nine-year-old St Michael with St John C of E primary school pupil Sifa Turi said: “I really enjoyed making the ‘Rolos’ and I enjoyed learning how to be an engineer. It has inspired me to be an engineer when I grow up.”

Ten-year-old Fatima Desai added: “I really enjoyed making the ‘Rolos’, didn’t think the machines could make  such great things. I’m now considering whether to be an engineer and make things. I’m going to put my Rolo with my medals.”

Marilyn concluded: “I was delighted to host this lovely group of young girls and it was so positive to see them all put their hands up when I asked which of them wanted to be an engineer when they grow up.

“We work hard to attract females into what is a traditionally male-dominated industry so are delighted that a national day has been held to raise awareness.”news-detail-women-in-eng-day-2

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 enable engineering apprentices to develop their knowledge and problem solving skills on the mechanical maintenance of the machines.

They were no longer being used by the diversified technology company’s Clitheroe site, which makes valves and components for asthma inhalers on behalf of international pharmaceutical customers.

3M has a strong association with Training 2000 and those joining the company’s successful apprenticeship scheme receive a combination of theoretical and work-based learning.

3M site manager Ben Mills commented: “The two machines were redundant for our purposes and we decided to donate them to Training 2000. We’re very pleased they are going to be put to such a good use.

“They will be benefitting new and up and coming engineers – including three of our apprentices attending the training centre this year – by giving them the opportunity to train on real manufacturing machinery.”

Paul Duerden, engineering business manager at Training 2000 added: “We are delighted to have received this equipment from 3M which will enable our apprentices to gain experience on the style of machinery used in many workplaces across the country.

“We pride ourselves on providing a high quality learning environment and this additional equipment will further complement our offering to the apprentices and assist with developing engineers of the future.”

Scaffolding Apprentices Achieve Great Heights

Training 2000 has delivered its first Level 2 Scaffolding Apprenticeship to a group of six learners.

The new qualification, accredited by the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), has provided the learners with the opportunity to work for a number of reputable employers whilst obtaining foundation knowledge so they can progress to Scaffolder status.

Each apprentice has completed 18 months of block release training which involves practical and technical learning of the scaffolding industry, whilst the Apprenticeship also covers safe erection and dismantling of basic structures, the correct use of harnesses, fall prevention methods and safe working practices.

18 year-old Karl Barton who has completed his Level 2 Apprenticeship, said: “Doing this qualification has been a great experience and I feel proud to be one of the first learners to gain a Level 2 in Scaffolding with Training 2000. It’s great that I have been given the opportunity to further my skills and work on scaffolding projects across a range of industries.”

Phil Harding, scaffolding instructor and assessor, added: “All six apprentices have made excellent progress throughout their qualification and have shown that they have the ability to progress to scaffolder status.
“Scaffolding is a service trade that is relied upon to provide safe access which is why there will always be demand from industries such as construction, power as well as the housing market.

“Having this accreditation during a time of such high demand will ensure these apprentices are well equipped with the necessary training as well as a nationally recognised qualification to develop their future careers.”

Constructing a bright future

Laura Gwilliam, from Earby, has swapped her bedside manner for boilers, after taking the unusual step of joining her father’s business rather than pursuing a career in healthcare.

Now the twenty three year-old is urging other young women to consider Apprenticeships as a way to gain on-the-job training and real experience – and show that women can cut it in traditionally male-dominated industries.

Laura said: “I had always wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps, but I didn’t think the opportunity would ever become available. After school, I started training to be a nurse but felt it wasn’t for me and I’d always been interested in plumbing after watching my dad build his business.

Having found out from her friend that Apprenticeships were on offer at nearby Training 2000, based in Blackburn, Laura jumped at the chance to gain some hands-on experience with her dad.

“At first I thought I might be too old to start an Apprenticeship, but Training 2000 has helped me to adapt and develop my skills”, said Laura.

“I enjoy the blend of study and work, and it’s really improved my confidence in speaking with clients and suppliers.

“Being a plumber is not always easy, as there is lots to learn and plenty of physical challenges. However, this is far outweighed by the banter I have on site with other contractors, and even clients are surprised when I turn up on their doorstep for a job!”

Laura began her plumbing Apprenticeship with the Blackburn-based training provider when she was nineteen after a colleague’s recommendation. Her Apprenticeship in plumbing has allowed her to practice all the core skills that she will require in her profession, including gas safety, servicing and commissioning.

Now Laura is working for her father’s business and studying for Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ qualifications part-time. In the future, she would like to take over her father’s company if the opportunity arises.

She added: “This Apprenticeship has given me an invaluable opportunity to gain the qualifications and skills I need to further my plumbing career, and hopefully one day I can own my own business.”

“From watching my dad as I grew up, I thought I knew exactly what to expect from plumbing, but I have learnt so much more about myself and the industry during this Apprenticeship.

“I would not hesitate to recommend Training 2000 Apprenticeships to anyone.”

Speaking of Laura’s progress, Lindsay Dust, career development advisor at Training 2000, said: “Laura is a fantastic student. Her drive and commitment is commendable, and a testament to the hard work that all our apprentices put in to their career development.”

“It is pleasing to see young people such as Laura setting out on a career path and working hard to achieve their goals.”

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.”

National Apprenticeship Awards 2013

The National Apprenticeship Awards 2013 Regional event (for the North West, Lancashire, Cumbria and Greater Manchester was held at the County Chambers at Lancashire County Council in Preston and Training 2000 had a winner!

Henry Clark is currently studying for his Level 2 in Business and Administration and is employed by Blackburn Council.  Henry became our Regional Intermediate Apprentice of the Year.


Henry will now be put forward to a further judging panel along with the other Regional finalists from all over the country to see if he has a place in the National Finals. So please wish Henry lots of luck.

Training 2000 Ltd did very well at this year’s awards with a finalists in each category. Every nominee should be extremely proud of this achievement as there were 16,000 applications from across the country. The following nominee’s were all awarded HIGHLY COMMENDED at lasts night awards –

Alastair Smith – Advanced Apprentice of the Year – Rolls-Royce

Tamas Bodis – Higher Apprentice of the Year – Rolls-Royce

Andrew Hudson – Champion of the Year – Graham Engineering

Twin Valley Homes – Medium Employer of the Year

Training 2000 Urges School Leavers To Consider Options

Results day can be a very stressful time for young people, but regardless of the outcome, the good news is, there are an increasing number of high-quality, work related courses to choose from.

With more vacancies than ever before, Apprenticeships are fast-becoming a popular option for young and ambitious school leavers.

The structure of Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to gain nationally-recognised qualifications, valuable work experience and full-time paid employment all at the same time.

According to the latest figures from the National Apprenticeship Service, after finishing an Apprenticeship, 85 per cent will stay in employment, with 64 per cent staying with the same employer, highlighting that Apprenticeships allow companies to improve their skills base and future workforce, whilst supporting the long-term career development of young people.

Interest in Apprenticeships is expected to rise further in September following the introduction of new legislation which aims to ensure teenagers stay in learning or training until they are 17.

Known as ‘Raising the Participation Age’, it is hoped that the Government reform will encourage young people to stay focused on their future learning and help to smooth the transition from education to work life.

Steve Gray, chief executive at Training 2000, said: “Whatever your results, it is important not to panic and make a quick decision on the day as there are many different options available.

“Whether it’s further education, vocational qualifications or entering the world of work, you need to seek advice from professionals who can guide you through the options and help you to make the best decision for your future.”

For some students, bridging the gap between an educational establishment and the workplace is a daunting prospect. But in a bid to change this, the Government’s new Traineeship programme offers support to youngsters prior to their Apprenticeship and aims to be the preferred route for those aspiring apprentices who need a helping hand.

With evidence to suggest that young people are lacking the basic attributes needed in the world of work, Traineeships will ensure that young people are well equipped with the necessary employability skills such as social and communication skills and basic literacy and numeracy.

Between February and April 2013 more than 370,000 Apprenticeship applications were submitted online, showing that the popularity and demand for these vocational courses has increased significantly.

With Training 2000 and many other training providers advertising their vacancies online, many more people looking for an alternative route to university are registering an interest and signing up online.

Steve continued: “Choosing to undertake an Apprenticeship or any other training or development course is a great way to embark onto a new career pathway, subsequently opening the doors to a new future. Both Traineeships and Apprenticeships can help to put young people on the route to success, laying the foundations for employers to recruit them in the future.”

David Way, executive director of the National Apprenticeship Service, added: “Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to progress onto further learning and also get a foot on the career ladder. With Apprenticeships covering more than 170 occupations and 1,500 job roles, there has never been a better time to think about an Apprenticeship.”

New Scaffolding Apprenticeship Holds Promise For A Bright Future

Blackburn-based Training 2000 has added another course to its growing range of qualifications.

The Scaffolding Apprenticeship delivered at Level 2 is now available, providing an excellent route of obtaining foundation knowledge and progressing through to Scaffolder status.

Delivered to Apprentices who are employed by a scaffolding company. The Apprenticeship covers the safe erection and dismantling of basic scaffold structures as well as the correct use of a harness, fall prevention methods, taught about manual handling and safe working practices in the construction industry just to name a few of the key elements. They also achieve Maths and English at Level 1.

Once they have completed the Apprenticeship they will be able to pursue a career as Scaffolders with industry recognised status and a wide range of opportunities within the sector enabling them to work to their strengths and interests.

The Apprenticeship programme and Scaffolding Department is managed by Alan Winward, who has more than 40 years’ experience in the industry across a range of sectors, including power and petrochemicals.

Alan, has worked in the UK, Europe and the Middle East and is an experienced manager with a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

He said: “I’m looking forward to working with these young people. It’s a bit like sowing seeds when you pass on knowledge – you give them the fundamentals and then watch them develop and work their way up to the next level.

“Scaffolding is a wonderful profession to be in and I’d imagine, with the pressure to find extra power from somewhere, its expected there’ll be a lot of work for scaffolders in the North West at Heysham and Sellafield. Scaffolding is a service trade and other services rely on us to provide safe access; without Scaffolders they couldn’t do their jobs.”

This new course comes at a time when there is likely to be an increase in demand not just for scaffolders in general, but for those who have received thorough training and achieved recognised qualifications.

This is due, in part, to the Government’s creation of a £570m Get Britain Building investment fund for developers aimed at boosting the number of new homes built in 2013. The Government has also promised to help people who cannot afford to buy a home because they don’t have the deposit.

Overall this means that up to 50,000 homes could be built in the coming year to help address the growing accommodation shortage in the UK.

This will be of huge benefit to the construction industry, which was hard hit by the global credit crunch of 2008 and saw just 115,000 new homes completed in England 2009/2010, fewer than any in any year in peace time since the 1920s.

Steve Gray, chief executive at Training 2000, said: “The Government’s commitment to providing new housing in 2013 and subsequent years is great news for these apprentices.

“Not only will they swell the workforce at a time when their skills will be in high demand, but they will also be well trained and qualified to deliver a really professional service.”

The Duke Of York Visits Training 2000

HRH The Duke of York, KG, visited Training 2000 to recognise the growing number of Apprenticeships the centre offers and support the development of a University Technical College (UTC) in Burnley.

His Royal Highness visited Training 2000 as part of his continued focus on promoting institutions that support Apprenticeship programmes and the development of employability skills.

The Duke of York was taken on a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities on Friday 30 November and was shown around the engineering and automotive workshops and the dental surgery where he met with staff and apprentices.

Eighteen year-old catering apprentice, Kara Gray, and 17 year-old business administration apprentice, Laura Heaven, had the opportunity of a lifetime when they got the chance to meet His Royal Highness during his visit.

Laura said: “I was delighted to meet with The Duke of York and I enjoyed talking to him about what we do at Training 2000.”

Chief executive at Training 2000, Steve Gray, said it was fantastic that His Royal Highness had an active interest in Apprenticeships and had taken time out of his busy schedule to visit and to meet with the employers and apprentices.

“We are thrilled that The Duke of York could join us today and celebrate the growing number of Apprenticeships at Training 2000, especially in the engineering sector,” said Steve.

“Our facilities and the support that we, as a Group Training Association, provide to our learners and employers are the things that we are most proud of and to be able to showcase this to His Royal Highness is wonderful.”

Before moving onto other engagements, The Duke of York also heard about the Visions Leaning Trust (VLT), a UTC being led by Training 2000, which will be opening in Burnley in August 2013