New Manufacturing & Engineering Facility Set For Official Opening

A pioneering new manufacturing and engineering facility in Lancashire’s industrial heartland is set for its official opening next month.

Taking place between 8:30am and 11am on Friday, September 9 at Training 2000’s headquarters on Harwood Street in Blackburn, the event will see the £1.2million Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre (AMAC) opened by guests of honour Edwin Booth, Chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and David Bailey, CEO of the North West Aerospace Alliance.

Delegates will be able to experience first-hand the AMAC, view demonstrations and take a tour around the facility, learning more about the high level technologies and lean manufacturing environment which are at the forefront of today’s manufacturing and engineering industry along with the wealth of opportunities available to businesses and individuals across the North West and beyond.

Over its first two years of operation, the training centre will enable more than 250 local people to study for Higher Engineering Apprenticeships and take part in upskilling programmes. Successful apprentices will have the opportunity to continue their studies up to degree level.

Including advanced equipment alongside a dynamic team of trainers recruited directly from industry, the AMAC is a unique facility which enhances the skills of engineers and manufacturers through powerful, bespoke training.

The project was thanks to £800,000 received from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership towards the cost of the facility, as part of a multi-million investment programme to improve the skills of thousands of people in a number of key areas of Lancashire’s economy.

Steve Gray, Training 2000 CEO said:

The AMAC provides a unique environment right at the heart of Lancashire which builds on the county’s rich heritage within engineering and manufacturing.

By upskilling both the current and next generation of engineers and manufacturers on cutting-edge equipment, we’re helping companies develop the employees they need to drive productivity and growth.

It’s exciting that we have been able to complement our key strength as an excellent engineering training provider with this technologically advanced manufacturing and automation centre, and I’m sure that businesses across the North West will be impressed at what the AMAC has to offer.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) invested £800,000 in the project from its £30m Growth Deal Skills Capital Programme.

Graham Cowley, Chair of the LEP’s Growth Deal Management Board, said:

Improving the skills of Lancashire’s workforce in key sectors of the economy is an important part of the LEP’s ambitious strategic programme to transform the county and drive economic growth over the next decade.

The LEP is funding a network of new, modern training facilities all across Lancashire which will improve the employability of thousands of local people over the coming years. We have committed to supporting 15 new training facilities via Growth Deal Skills Capital funding, of which the AMAC in Blackburn is the second to be completed.

Along with other training centres we are funding, this new facility will help provide the skilled workforce that Lancashire needs to maintain its position as the UK’s leading region for aerospace and advanced manufacturing for years to come.

To book your free place, contact Lauren Ashcroft on 01254 54659 or email [email protected].

You can also book online by clicking here.

Martin combines business apprenticeship with passion for sport!

A Training 2000 apprentice who has combined a passion for sport whilst developing his business skills is all set to represent Great Britain in two key European events next month.

Martin started his apprenticeship in 2012 and has gone on to complete levels 2, 3 and this month has successfully finished level 4 in business administration.

Working at Lancashire Sport throughout, Martin has picked up a wide range of skills which he has been able to utilise in the workplace straight away, alongside studying at Training 2000’s Harwood Street site. He was also a key member of the team of apprentices who won a competition to build a mobile app for Jisc.

His involvement in sport goes beyond his place of work – with Martin currently preparing to compete in the Great Britain Paraclimbing Team at this year’s Paraclimbing World Championship in Paris.

Also in September, Martin is set to represent Great Britain in the PAFA Amp Football Cup, taking place in Warsaw, Poland.

Martin said: “I started an Apprenticeship as I was keen to earn a wage whilst I learnt new skills – I didn’t want to go to university.”

“I have had fantastic support from my employer and Training 2000 throughout my apprenticeship both in my professional role and also my sport activities.”

If you would like to learn more about the business apprenticeship opportunities available, click here.

You can also view our current apprenticeship vacancies and apply online.

Cyber Latest: Airlines look to invest in cyber security

A recent report has found that an increasing number of airlines are planning to invest in cyber security.

The 2016 Airline IT Trends survey highlighted that 9 per cent of airlines are looking to invest in staying cyber secure over the next three years, with more that 60% saying that combating cyber-crime has board level buy in, and is not solely  left to IT teams.

Airlines are increasingly investing more into ‘passenger first’ programmes such as loyalty schemes, leaving them with even more sensitive data to protect.

Sarah Green, Training 2000 business manager for cyber security said:

“Customers trust businesses to manage their data in the correct ways and the financial & reputational damage caused by a leak can be severe.

“By maintaining good cyber hygiene across an organisation, the risks of a successful attack drop considerably, and when led from board level this drives it as a key business need.”

5 Key Benefits of an Engineering Apprenticeship

So you want to become an engineering apprentice – great choice! Building a strong career in a key industry offers a wide range of advantages, both professionally and personally.

The reasons that engineers start and grow their careers vary from person to person, but what has always remained true is that there is a range of benefits to building a career in the sector.



An engineering career allows you to utilise your creative flair on a daily basis. Whether this is designing new pieces or parts utilising computer-aided design or through more traditional engineering drawings, and ranging through to following drawings to create tangible parts & pieces for equipment which will perform a crucial function, the ability to make a real impact is clear.

Collaborating with other professionals across a huge range of industries is often called for, meaning those who love to create, learn and experience new things will feel at home as an engineer.


Earning potential

There is fantastic scope to earn a good wage working as an engineer – across a variety of specialisms which it is possible to move into as your career progresses.

From electronic and mechanical engineering to operations management and research & development, the options are endless, and what is true across the board is that wages for engineers hold up extremely well against other career options.


Learn and grow

An engineering apprenticeship offers a supportive network which will work with you to learn and grow – with on-the-job support combining with the key skills you will gain via training.

Building relationships both in work and within training provides a good atmosphere and opportunity to share ideas and increase skills via colleagues and fellow learners.


Earn while you learn

Building your engineering career through an apprenticeship as opposed to studying at College – you’ll get experience in a work environment day-to-day whilst also gaining the benefits from experienced trainers who can help you build your skills and take them straight into the workplace.

An apprenticeship also can allow you to build a career and avoid the high levels of student debt incurred when studying for a degree.


Make an impact

As an engineer you’ll have the opportunity to make a real impact and a difference, and benefit from the opportunities that it provides.

With some job roles offering travel opportunities thanks to engineering’s global role, the ability to make your mark in a job which inspires you which you love is a real pull for future engineers taking their first steps into the world of work.


If you want to start an engineering apprenticeship, we have a range of vacancies available across the North West – click here for more information.

If you have any questions about our engineering apprenticeships, email [email protected] or call us on 01254 54659.

Cyber latest: Hackers Spreading Malware Through Pokémon GO

As the popularity of Nintendo’s new Pokémon Go phone app increased through July, UK users attempted to get around the later release data in their area by downloading from 3rd party sites on their Android devices.

However, many malicious versions of the game were included, infecting users’ phones and allowing hackers with backdoor access to their device.

Sarah Green, Training 2000 business manager for cyber security said:

“Too often users forget about the basic principles of staying cyber secure when rushing to access popular content online, forgetting about the fact that hackers use this type of activity to gain access to smartphones, steal information and generally cause havoc.

“Maintaining due diligence and care when downloading anything from the internet is imperative, both on personal devices as well as within a work environment.”

Try Before You Apply at Engineering Taster Days

The engineers of the future will have the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of activities, apply for an apprenticeship and be matched with live vacancies at Training 2000’s upcoming engineering open days.

Two events are taking place, between 9am and 4pm on Tuesday, 9 August at Burnley FC’s Turf Moor ground in the 1882 suite and Wednesday 10 August at our Blackburn HQ on Harwood Street.

With interactive workshops offering the opportunity to learn more about a range of engineering disciplines, CV workshops and career advice, potential apprentices will also be able to apply and complete an initial interview on the day – with a host of vacancies available at engineering companies across the North West.

If you want to learn more about the open days, contact [email protected].

To view our latest vacancies and apply online, click here.

Apprenticeship Reform Event in Partnership With Accountancy Experts

Training 2000’s Nelson site is set to host an informative apprenticeship reform event in September – in partnership with chartered accountants Beever and Struthers.

Taking place on Tuesday, September 6 from 8:30am until 12:00pm, the seminar will include expert advice on the ongoing reforms, from the Apprenticeship Levy to ‘Trailblazer’ Standards.

Looking how the reforms will impact on businesses both financially and also the delivery of training, this crucial session will give an in depth look at when businesses have to pay the levy and how much it will cost, alongside information on the new, business-led apprenticeship standards and how funding will be accessed for both levy paying and non-paying companies.

The event follows on from Training 2000’s successful apprenticeship reform events which have taken place in May and July this year – and saw over 55 businesses attend to learn more about the reforms.

If you would like to secure your place on the event or find out more, email Shannon Elkins at Beever and Struthers on [email protected] by Monday, August 8.

AMAC Official Launch – 9th September

AMAC Official Opening Event

We are pleased to invite you to attend the official opening and launch of the AMAC.

Guests of honour from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and North West Aerospace Alliance will officially open the facility which will be followed by the opportunity to personally experience this unique facility.

This will include demonstrations on the variety of ways businesses can utilise the AMAC together with information on the programme portfolio being delivered by our industry-experienced trainers and staff.


  • 8.30 – Breakfast and networking
  • 9.00 – Introduction to the AMAC
  • Official Opening
  • Edwin Booth, Chairman- Lancashire Enterprise Partnership
  • David Bailey, CEO – North West Aerospace Alliance
  • 10.00 approx – Tours, demonstrations and networking


Training 2000, Harwood Street, Furthergate, Blackburn, BB1 3BD

Book your place

Book your place online or alternatively contact Lauren Ashcroft on 01254 54659 or email [email protected]

Book your place at the launch

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