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Recognised at the prestigious FE Week & AELP (AAC) Apprenticeship Awards 2019, our delivery model has been developed to link the process between employer, specialist training provider and Apprentice, making it easier and more cost-effective for employers to upskill and recruit for NDT.
Our level 2 Non-Destructive Testing Operator and level 3 Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technician Apprenticeships were launched at the British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (BINDT) national conference in September 2017, with both programmes offering certification in PCN & EN4179 to NDT level 2 standard. In 2018, we jointly developed and launched the Level 6 NDT Engineer Degree Apprenticeship standard in partnership with University of Northampton.
Designed by employers, for employers, the qualifications are proven to bring real, practical benefits - helping to address skills gaps and upskill existing workforces.
We have established formal partnerships with specialists NDT training schools and delivery providers – including TWI, Argyll Ruane IMechE, Lavender International, the South West School of Non-Destructive Testing, Testia, Aerospace Inspection Training, International School of Aerospace and the University of Northamptonshire – to ensure world leading training provision across the UK.
“In terms of NDT Apprenticeships, Skills Training UK started with a blank sheet of paper and within a very short space of time has become extremely successful and has surpassed the expectations of the Professional Body and the Employer Group.”
Roger Lyon, BINDT Apprenticeships Project Manager
The Apprenticeships cover both classroom and online learning, as well as practical applications of NDT. This includes methods such as magnetic particle testing, ultrasonic testing and radiographic testing.
Our long-standing employer client GB Inspection Systems Ltd, which manufactures and designs ultrasonic probes and NDT accessories, was part of the trailblazer group that worked with the BINDT to help set the new Apprenticeships.
“The programme is well structured, well organised and from the outset. Skills Training UK were very employer focused. The two tutors that we work with are clearly very experienced and knowledgeable in their disciplines in NDT and Lean manufacturing principles.”
Ricardo Franckeiss, Training Manager, Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd
“The relationship we have with Skills Training UK has gone from strength to strength. They know exactly what we are looking for and understand the aims of our business."
Neil Smith, General Manager at GB Inspection Systems Ltd
Skills Training UK specialises in Apprenticeships for STEM sectors. Since the launch in 2017, we have become the largest NDT Apprenticeships provider in the UK. We partner with employers of all sizes, from large scale organisations that pay the Apprenticeship Levy to smaller SMEs who want to upskill their workforce, to co-design and deliver bespoke training programmes that directly align with their business goals.
As well as materials testing, we also deliver Apprenticeships in business skills, quality and improvement, supply chain, information technology and digital marketing.
Whatever your requirements – whether you’re looking to improve the skills of your existing workforce or want to inspire the next generation – our dedicated Apprenticeship assessors will be with you every step of the way to ensure your needs are being met.
Please call Skills Training UK’s employer helpline 0800 612 6224 or email us here for more information.