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.”
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.”