Training 2000 develops aerospace offer with new appointment

Blackburn-based Training 2000 has appointed an enterprise leader for Aerospace to manage and lead its partnership with Rolls-Royce.

With more than a decade of experience in the aerospace sector including twelve years’ at Rolls-Royce Control Systems in Derby, Roger Bilbie brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to drive the enterprise division forward.

Throughout his career, Roger worked in Dubai as an expatriate sales manager in the construction industry and also as a management consultant and business advisor in the UK.

In his new role, Roger will support the director of enterprise, Neil Gutteridge, to manage all Training 2000 apprentices based within Rolls-Royce Derby, Bristol, Sunderland and Barnoldswick whilst he will also be focused on developing their future business strategy.

As a main focus, Roger will be responsible for producing a business model which can then be demonstrated to other blue chip Aerospace companies in the UK and further afield.

“Training apprentices not only benefits the immediate business they’re involved in, but ultimately the economy in the longer term so it is essential that we reverse the lack of expertise in many sectors by training the nation’s workforce," said Roger.

“I have joined the enterprise section of the business at a very exciting time and I am looking forward to contributing to its future success with some very committed and professional people.” Steve Gray, chief executive at Training 2000, added: “Roger will be a great asset to the company as he has an in-depth understanding of the aerospace industry combined with a robust understanding of Apprenticeships. I am confident that he will play an integral role in developing the enterprise division and use his expertise from Rolls-Royce to ensure the partnership with us continues to work successfully.”