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.”

Training 2000 Apprentices Recognised At North West Aerospace Awards

Two apprentices studying with Blackburn-based Training 2000, the largest Group Training Association in England, have been recognised at the annual North West Aerospace Alliance New Talent Awards (NWAA). 

The awards are part of the NWAA’s Take off In Aerospace Campaign aimed at encouraging young people in to the industry by changing the image of careers in aerospace and engineering sectors.

The glittering ceremony, held at the Imperial War Museum, Manchester on 28 November 2013, saw awards being given to the region’s best emerging talent, along with the training providers and companies which support their work.

Ryan Worthington, 20, from Preston, walked away with the ‘One to Watch’ trophy and Tamas Bodis, 39 from Chorley, received the runner-up prize in the Best Apprentice category. Both work for Rolls Royce in Barnoldswick.


Training 2000’s engineering manager, Paul Duerden, said: “The NWAA New Talent Awards celebrate the region’s best aerospace engineering apprentices and we are very proud that two of our apprentices have been recognised for their hard work and dedication.”

Martin Wright, Chief Executive Officer at NWAA, said: “The New Talent Awards ceremony is an important event for new engineers and technicians in the North West. These people are the future of our industry and it’s great to see the exciting activities they are involved in. It is essential that we recognise and reward this emerging talent to keep graduates and apprentices interested in the industry to address the skills gap currently facing aerospace and advanced manufacturing.”

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 more than 50 trophies awarded to a number of businesses and apprentices aged between 18 and 39, for their achievements.

Eighteen-year-old William Wallis, who works for East Lancashire Hospitals, received the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award for his excellent commitment and performance as well as a trophy for In Company NVQ Level 2 Electrical and Mechanical Maintenance.

Speaking at the ceremony, William said: “I am really surprised to have won these awards! I wasn’t expecting to win I enjoy my course and have learnt lots of new skills which I’ve been able to take back into my company. I am so proud to have been given these awards in recognition of my achievement.”

Training 2000’s engineering manager, Paul Duerden, said: “The annual Engineering Awards are always a great way to reward our learners’ efforts. They all work very hard, show commitment and determination and we believe this should always be recognised.

“The calibre of learners this year was very high as usual. Recently the news has mentioned a shortage of engineers, however with the array of accolades awarded it is clear that the future of engineering is bright. We are pleased to be able to attract female engineers to follow a career in the industry, and many of our female apprentices have won awards. ”

Here is a list of all the award winners:

Award Name
Young Apprentice of the Year Luke Allison
1st Year Off-the- Job Conventional Machining Aimee Grime
1st Year CNC Apprentice of the Year George Skocki
1st Year Off-the- Job Fitting 2nd Place Sam Bottomly
1st Year Off-the-Job Fitting 1st Place Paul Bigland
1st Year Off-the-Job Fabrication & Welding 2nd Place Paul Bigland
1st Year Off-the-Job Fabrication & Welding 1st Place Sam Bottomly
1st Year Off-the-Job Design Benjamin Smith
1st Year-Off-the-Job Maintenance Martin Allen
1st Year-Off-the-Job Electrical Jonathan Braithwaite
1st Year Nuclear Apprentice of the Year Ashley Hodgeon
Recognition for Behavioural Safety Team Naomi Quinn
George Brankin
Sam Parkinson
Jordan Crossley
Henry Watkins
Jack Stanworth
Jack Adamson
1st Year Off-the-Job Most Improved (LP Technology Award) Shane Taylforth
1st Year Off-the-Job H&S Award George Brankin
1st Year Off-the-Job APP Year 3rd Paul Bigland
1st Year Off-the-Job APP Year 2nd Jonathan Braithwaite
1st Year Off-the-Job App Year 1st Shane Hall
FE C&G Fabrication Kyle Myers
FE C&G Manufacturing Anthony Taylor
FE BTEC National Mechanical Stephen Baker
FE BTEC National Electrical Damien Dutton
FE BTEC National Maintenance David Magee
FE BTEC National Fabrication Brett Ashley
FE Higher National Mechanical Adam Berry
FE Higher National Maintenance Sam Tattersall
FE Higher National Electrical Shaun Valentine
In Company NVQ2 Elec/Mech Maintenance William Wallis
In Company NVQ2 Fabrication/ Welding Sam Richardson
In Company NVQ2 Technical Support Daniel Richardson
In Company Intermediate APP Of The Year William Wallis
In Company NVQ3 Mechanical Maintenance Thomas Middleton
In Company NVQ3 Electrical Maintenance Matthew Cotton
In Company NVQ3 Fabrication/ Welding Bernard Varlyam
In Company NVQ3 Electrical Daniel Holden
In Company NVQ3 CNC Machining 1st Place Daniel Harland
In Company NVQ3 CNC Machining 2nd Place Ryan Worthington
In Company NVQ3 Technical Support Benn Farnworth
In Company NVQ4 Leadership Tamas Bodis
In Company Advanced APP Of The Year Daniel Harland
Outstanding Commitment to Training & Development James Cropper
Inspiring Engineers Careers Award Graham Engineering
Employer of The Year Award Rolls Royce PLC

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.”

Ben To Be Congratulated For Worldskills Success

Training 2000 apprentice, from Clitheroe, is set to meet Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, at the prestigious venue One Great George Street in the heart of Westminster, London, this week.

Ben Anderson, aged 22, who is employed by Burnley-based Motorsport Advanced Developments, was one of the 2012 WorldSkills champions and will be attending the Team UK Welcome Back Event, in celebration of his skills and achievements in the CNC turning category.

During the skills competition Ben went up against other competitors of a similar age with experience of CNC turning, which involves setting up and operating a metal-cutting machine designed for repetitive machining work.
Competing at the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 event, Ben and his UK team mates received a total of two gold, one silver and three bronze medals, as well as 17 medallions for excellence.

As one of the successful team members, Ben will be greeted by Nick Clegg at the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office in Whitehall, London.

Lianne Whittaker, business assurance coordinator at Training 2000, said: “The team at Training 2000 are incredibly proud of Ben’s achievements at WorldSkills.

“Participating in skills competitions is a great way for apprentices to learn and develop as they get the opportunity to showcase their internationally recognised talent, something which really enhances their confidence and overall learning.”

Speaking of his experience with WorldSkills Ben added: “Attending the skills show along with leaders, partners, employers and sponsors was a great experience and one I will not forget.

“Having the opportunity to gain additional training, to that offered at Training 2000, has been invaluable and has definitely helped to enhance my future career prospects.”