Gen2 welcomes HRH The Princess Royal

On 2nd July we were delighted to welcome HRH The Princess Royal when she visited Gen2’s Head Office based in Workington to officially open the building.

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Her Royal Highness greeted by the Civic Party and City & Guilds Group Chairman, Sir John Armitt


In 2017 Gen2 became part of the City & Guilds Group as well as the first City & Guilds Institute of Advanced Technology.  HRH The Princess Royal is President of the City and Guilds of London Institute, so it was a great honour to welcome Her Royal Highness to Gen2.

The Princess was welcomed to Gen2 by the Chairman of The City and Guilds of London Institute, Sir John Armitt, as well as the CEO, Chris Jones and the management team, staff and learners at Gen2.  

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Her Royal Highness with Sir John Armitt, Chairman of City & Guilds Group, Chris Jones, City & Guilds Group CEO and Martin Hottass MD of The Institutes of Advanced Technology

During the visit Her Royal Highness had the opportunity to meet Gen2 apprentices and hear about their studies before taking a tour of the engineering workshops.  

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Her Royal Highness meets Gen2 teaching assistant apprentices


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Her Royal Highness meets Gen2 electrical apprentices

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Her Royal Highness meets Gen2 machining apprentices


The new head office represents a multi-million pound investment which has allowed substantial expansion of the company’s training and educational services for the energy, engineering and advanced manufacturing business sectors in Cumbria and beyond. The development of the facility was supported by funding from the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce via the Cumbria Growth Fund.

The 7,000 sq metre facility includes 3,000 sq metres of cutting-edge engineering training workshops equipped with the latest specialist equipment and machinery, along with over 20 classrooms and in-house catering. These facilities have created new opportunities for Gen2’s existing clients throughout Cumbria and allow the not-for-profit organisation to fulfil ambitions to substantially expand the range of services on offer to new customers.

Paul Storey, Gen2’s Managing Director said “We are privileged that Her Royal Highness took the time to visit our Head Office and workshops to experience at first hand some of the high quality apprentice training which is available within our region.  The Princess Royal is an avid supporter of excellence in training and development, we hope that the visit today showcased how we help address current and future skills demand in the local area for apprentices and for our commercial clients.”

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Paul Storey, Gen2's Managing Director


Chris Jones CEO of the City & Guilds Group said “We were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness to open the Head Office in Workington. STEM skills are vital part for the growth of the UK economy and delivery of technical training is a core part of our heritage.

Energy, engineering and advanced manufacturing needs a skilled workforce, fit for the future. The new head office will help us ensure the industry can thrive through investment in skills development in Cumbria and across the country.”

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After the official opening of the Head Office The Princess was presented with a gift on behalf of all Gen2 apprentices by Mechanical Design and Draughting Apprentice, Sam Cavan from Oxley Developments.


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