Training 2000 apprentices win engineering challenge

Four talented first-year engineering apprentices from Blackburn-based Training 2000 are celebrating after being awarded with first place in an engineering competition held recently at the Rochdale Training Academy.

Organised by the Lancashire Work Based Learning Forum, the competition challenged learners from five of the region’s independent training providers, to design and create a can crusher.

Representing Training 2000 the team comprised: James Sunter-Storey from Rolls-Royce Plc, Joanne Gregory from Unison Engine Components, Joe Sheppard from Cavendish Nuclear and Joshua Green from Graham Engineering.

The team, which had only met recently, managed to beat competition from five training providers, showcasing their skills to the best of their ability.

Speaking of the achievement, Gary Cumberland, engineering instructor at Training 2000, said: “After only meeting each other last week, the team demonstrated fantastic skills, commitment and team work and we are delighted that they have been able to showcase what they can do.”

Lianne Whittaker, business assurance coordinator at Training 2000 added: “We are thrilled that our team of engineering apprentices managed to scoop first place in the competition, gaining well-deserved credit for the skills and knowledge they have shown. “Achieving first place is a great confidence boost for the learners and we are confident that they will go on to have very successful future careers.”