Training 2000

Training 2000 has been established for more than 50 years, and is a large Group Training Association offering business solutions, commercial courses and apprenticeship programmes across multiple industry sectors. 

In 2017, Training 2000 became part of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) meaning that its apprentices have a direct route to a degree apprenticeship.

Training 2000 has around 240 employees and offers an outstanding service through a wide range of training solutions and sectors.

The organisation’s vision is to be Lancashire’s number one training provider, and its mission is to deliver learning excellence, creating outstanding talent for the UK.

Case study: WorldSkills UK winners

Matthew Sutton and Dominic Mills were finalists at this year’s WorldSkills UK event for automotive body repair.

Both earned the opportunity to compete in the final after placing top of the regional heats in Goole earlier in the year.

The competition was held at the NEC in Birmingham, with competitors from all over the UK taking part. The finalists were tasked with removing and refitting welded panels, file finishing, Mig Brazing, plastic weld, jig work and other skills to demonstrate their body repair skills to a panel of judges.

Matthew Sutton, from Abbotts body repair in Blackburn, picked up a gold medal and now has been selected to be a part of Team UK in the World Skills finals in Shanghai 2021. 

Dominic Mills, from HB Panelcraft in Preston, narrowly missed out on a medal, but performed to a very high standard. Both third year apprentices from Training 2000 have been model students and have set new standards for learners. 

Training 2000 wishes its congratulations to Matthew on his massive achievement and are looking forward to watching his further progression in World Skills.

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