Training 2000 to Join University of Central Lancashire Team

Training 2000 has joined with The University of Central Lancashire Group. This new strategic alliance looks set to position UCLan as the largest provider of degree apprenticeships in the region and is the latest in a number of partnerships, designed to broaden the University’s portfolio and appeal, meet its commitment to widening participation and strengthen its position as the leading provider of the region’s skills and employment needs.

UCLan Vice-Chancellor Mike Thomas said ‘this partnership consolidates our objectives as a leading University to support the regional economy and transform the lives of our communities. The combination of Training 2000’s specialist understanding of the apprenticeship market, and their 50-year history of working in partnership with industry, alongside our research expertise and reputation for world-class academic provision, creates a unique offer for businesses to access’.

The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in April of this year, and is applicable to all businesses with a payroll of over £3m per annum. Businesses investing in the provision of apprenticeships for their current workforce or new starters can off-set this against the levy payment, making degree apprenticeships a very attractive option.

Dr Lynne Livesey, who will take over as Chair of Training 2000 alongside her current portfolio as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), said

‘The University has been creating work-ready graduates since 1828, and we’re now engaged with a huge range of employers eager to develop tailored apprenticeships to upskill and enhance the workforce, grow their businesses and gain a competitive edge. Our existing apprenticeship provision covers a wide range of areas, including healthcare, digital, policing, construction, engineering, professional services and management, and with the significant experience and outstanding reputation of T2000 we expect to expand this rapidly. We’re keen to hear from organisations who would like to gain highly-skilled employees with the right mix of academic credentials and relevant practical skills. This news clearly sends out the right message – UCLan is open for business when it comes to Degree Apprenticeships and this acquisition will enable us to fully realise our ambitions in this area’.

Chief Executive of Training 2000, Steve Gray, is positive about the future of the educational partnership, which meets the strategic Horizon Plan ambitions of Training 2000.  ‘Partnering with a University with such a diverse portfolio is highly exciting for us and will accelerate our strategy and development of the broader pathways for apprenticeship qualifications, culminating in graduate and post-graduate Degree Apprenticeships, and other training provision. We’re looking forward to seeing what the future holds and exploring the ongoing possibilities of this strategic alignment’.

Chair of the University Board David Taylor, who is also a member of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, sees this news as beneficial for the region; ‘this is an extremely positive move for both our regional University and business communities. Our model of Working in Partnership with employers to understand skills needs and develop bespoke provision creates the work-ready graduates needed to boost the local economy. This approach completely aligns with the skills strategy of the Lancashire LEP and can only be of benefit to our communities, in terms of creating employment, economic impact and ongoing inward investment. Furthermore, degree apprenticeships can offer a route into University education for those who feel that a traditional degree route is unaffordable and we see development of these pathways as a critical part of our access to higher education offer’.

100% pass rates for Apprenticeships in Level 2 AAT at Training 2000

Training 2000 are pleased to announce our AAT apprentices have achieved 100% pass rates from the current level 2 groups across the North West on their synoptic assessments for the NEW AQA AAT 2016 standards. All apprentices have passed the first time which is a superb achievement for all.

This is the very first time these assessments have taken place in line with the Government changes in the Apprenticeship reform.

Rowena Brough, Business Manager stated – “What a fantastic achievement for all the apprentices – we are very proud of the hard work the students have put in to achieve these results in the times of change. These results are also a credit to employers for supporting their apprentices on day release for the AAT course”

The AAT foundation level 2 synoptic assessment examines learners on their knowledge of the book keeping transactions, book keeping controls, ethics, elements of costing and working effectively units.

A synoptic assessment tests the knowledge they have gained throughout the course, covering multiple (but not all) topics. It has been introduced to demonstrate their knowledge of core accountancy skills, their ability to apply them in the workplace and further show employers their status as a Qualified Accounting Technician – beyond just passing exams.

It is essential Under AQ2016 to complete the new synoptic assessment before moving on to the next level. At Training 2000 we will support the Apprenticeships progressing to their AAT Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship.

Congratulations to all the group!

Student Bank Accounts for Higher Level Apprentices

HSBC UK’s Student Account will, for the first time, be available to those taking higher apprenticeships (level 4+) in addition to those doing traditional university degrees at university. 

HSBC UK is the first high street bank to extend availability of its student account so those working towards a higher level apprenticeship can enjoy the same benefits as those studying a full time degree at a university or college. Benefits include a £60 Gift Card, 12 months of Prime Student benefits and an interest and fee-free overdraft.

Higher apprenticeships are work-based nationally recognised qualifications equivalent to foundation degree level and above, which enable apprentices to split their time between university study and the workplace.

Becky Moffat, HSBC UK’s Head of Personal Banking Banking, said: “It is easy to see why apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular – apprentices get a real job with real training, earning real money while getting a foot in the door of an organisation at the same time. They provide a great route to skilled employment for people from all backgrounds and age-groups and are great for businesses too!

“We are proud to be the first high street bank to give apprentices the option of a student bank account, providing them with the benefits and flexibility that accompany it. By extending the availability of our Student Account to higher level apprentices we are catering for the financial demands of more people as they start their journey into work and higher education, helping them to feel confident about their financial circumstances.”

The Government has committed to reaching 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. Employers are designing new apprenticeship standards to meet the skills needs of their sectors and will roll out many more degree apprenticeships, combining a high quality degree with an apprenticeship. 

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service said: “We want to see equal respect for those who choose to study at university full time and those who decide that the apprenticeship route is the best career path for them.

“HSBC UK opening up their Student Account to higher and Degree level apprentices demonstrates how the thinking around apprentices is changing. Following the introduction of the same NUS discounts for apprentices a few years ago, I am delighted to see apprentices having access to a student account via HSBC UK.  

“The opportunities open to apprentices are growing – from the sectors they can work in, to the job roles available – and added benefits, like access to student accounts – only makes the apprenticeship offer more appealing to potential apprentices.”


HSBC UK’s student bank account includes:

  • £60 Gift Card.
  • 12 months of  Prime Student
  • An interest and fee free overdraft, tiered to offer up £1,000 interest-free overdraft with no fees in the first year, up to £2,000 in the second year and up to £3,000 in the third year (subject to status and account conduct)
  • Optional student credit card with a limit of £500 (APR 18.9%)
  • HSBC Mobile Banking app, including Paym
  •  Contactless debit card and access to Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay

To apply for a HSBC Student Account, the customer can apply online, in branch or by phone.