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.

Warrington Apprentice Secures Place In Skills Final

A talented apprentice from Warrington has fought off tough competition to reach the finals of the WorldSkills UK National Competition.

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 of the national finals taking place at The Skills Show, being held at the NEC Birmingham from 14-16 November 2013.

During the three-day show, 800 of the country’s most talented apprentices and learners will compete in front of 100,000 visitors in 70 skills ranging from floristry to mechanical engineering.

Having made it through a series of regional heats, Andrew will join nine other competitors for three to four days of World Skills International training before attending the final.

Commenting on his achievement, Andrew said: “I am delighted to have reached the finals of such a prestigious competition and both Training 2000 and Nuvia have been extremely supportive of my future development.

“Taking part in the competition will allow me to build on my current skills, test my knowledge against my peers in the industry and help me to progress my future career.”

Jennie Osborne, corporate communications manager at Nuvia, added: “It takes hard work, determination, and a high level of skill to compete against the UK’s most talented learners and Andrew has proven that he has what it takes to be the best in the industry. We’d like to wish him the best of luck for the competition and are all rooting for him.”

Lianne Whittaker, business assurance coordinator at Training 2000, said: “Being invited to compete at The Skills Show 2013 is a fantastic achievement for Andrew and it will give him the opportunity to showcase his skills and experience at a National level. The Skills competitions are a prestigious event and Training 2000 are thrilled to be able to support Andrew on his journey”

Andrew will be heading to the competition along with six other Training 2000 apprentices who have reached the final of the Accounting Technician category.

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.”