Famous Former Apprentices – an Apprenticeship Can Take You Places!

By starting an apprenticeship, young people are able to gain hands on experience in the industry of their choice whilst still receiving targeted, career building training – all whilst avoiding the debt that a university degree can bring.

There are so many examples of leaders in their field who started as an apprentice, who offer an inspiration to current and future learners that the sky really is the limit when it comes to starting an apprenticeship.

Here’s just a few examples we have chosen:


Ross Brawn

Before becoming a leading figure in Formula One, Ross Brawn began his working life as an apprentice mechanical engineer for the UK atomic energy authority.


Jim McColl

A Scottish businessman who started as an engineering apprenticeship when leaving school at 16, Jim McColl has become one of the richest men in Scotland through Clyde Blowers PLC which has grown to employ 5,000 people in 27 different countries.


Michael Oliver

After starting on the shop floor, Michael Oliver went on to set up his own engineering business – Oliver Valves, Oliver Valvetek and Oliver Twinsafe now have a turnover over £100m after starting from a garage in Cheshire over 35 years ago.


Even just these three examples showcase how apprenticeships offer an amazing opportunity to become a leader in your chosen industry.

There are also a number of successful apprentices who went on to careers which were not in their original chosen field – highlighting that the experiences from an apprenticeship offer transferable skills which are useful throughout your working life.


Some examples are:

Ringo Starr

Sir Alex Ferguson

Eric Clapton

Michael Caine


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WorldSkills UK Thank Training 2000 for Hosting ‘Amazing’ Skills Competition

WorldSkills UK CEO has written to Training 2000 Chief Executive, thanking the training provider for hosting an ‘amazing’ selection competition to help pick Team UK.

Highlighting the work Training 2000 staff put in to support the event and ensure this crucial competition ran smoothly, Dr Neil Bentley stressed how important this was in helping select the strongest team to represent the UK at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi later this year.

Training 2000 hosted the CNC milling, CNC turning and manufacturing team challenge – with some of the best young manufacturers and engineers competing.

Over 250 apprentices from across Training 2000 visited the competitors during the week, along with visitors from local businesses.

Team UK will be announced on April 21.

Increasing use of technology praised by learners

Technology throughout Training 2000’s high quality teaching & learning is increasingly being utilised across the business.

In the latest rollout, work preparation learners have used tablet devices to complete worksheets online – eliminating the need for paper versions and allowing tutors to display work directly onto interactive white boards, sharing good practice and knowledge straight to the whole group.

Learners were extremely positive in their feedback for how this enhanced the whole experience, with one commenting:

“I think that the tablets and the OneNote Class Notebook are easier to learn with because it’s easy to interact with others and show good communication skills when you’re working as a group.”

Chris McKay, a tutor who has utilised the technology in the classroom, was also extremely positive, saying:

“The use of smart technology and Office 365 has completely transformed the teaching and learning process which my learners experience.

“It enables learners to enhance their ICT skills and independent learning whilst improving engagement with their core qualification. It is a fun, innovative and efficient tool in inspiring and developing the learner’s skills and knowledge.”

This builds on other technology being utilised across the business, including the use of augmented reality technology in the £1.2m Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre.

Training 2000 Apprentice Shortlisted for Accountancy Award

A Training 2000 apprentice has been shortlisted for an industry-leading award this week, a fantastic achievement in what is always a highly competitive category.

Joseph Waddington was named on a four-person shortlist for Apprentice of the Year in this year’s AAT Training Provider Awards.

After a record number of applications across all 14 award categories, the winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, 4 May, during the AAT 2017 Training Provider Conference at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

Learn more about our accountancy apprenticeships by clicking here, and apply for an apprenticeship job vacancy today!

Young People Compete to Represent UK at International Skills Competition

Some of the UK’s very best young engineers and manufacturers competed for the opportunity to represent their country at this year’s international WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi, as Training 2000 hosted several Team UK selection heats.

Training 2000’s Blackburn headquarters hosted the selection competitions in three categories, CNC milling, CNC turning and the Manufacturing Challenge, complimenting a variety of other competitions across numerous industries taking place in the Greater Manchester area.

Competitors arrived on site at the beginning of the week to get used to the machines they would be using during three full days of competition – with Training 2000 being chosen to host the prestigious event due to boasting the best facilities in the area to meet the needs of each category.

Visitors included over 250 Training 2000 learners who had the opportunity to gain an insight into the WorldSkills competition, and potentially be inspired to apply themselves for the next competition cycle.

Attendees from Lancashire business also had the opportunity to view the competitors in action, alongside the chance to see Training 2000’s facilities including the £1.2m Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre, with members of staff on hand to explain the competition and more about the machines they were using.

Steve Gray, Training 2000 CEO said: “We’re a strong supporter of the competition, with Training 2000 finishing 5th out of 140 providers at WorldSkills UK 2016, and we were excited to host this selection as participants who have already proven their abilities at the national level compete for a place in this truly global event.””

Team UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will be announced on 21 April.