Materials Testing 2017: Leading the way with Apprenticeships for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

September 19th, 2017

Skills Training UK successfully launched its new Apprenticeships for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) at the BINDT’s Materials Testing 2017 exhibition.

The Ofqual Level 2 Non-Destructive Testing Operator and Ofqual Level 3 Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technician have been developed to ensure employees are trained to the highest standard and make a positive contribution to the existing workforce.

Our employer partner, West Midlands manufacturer and designer of ultrasonic probes and NDT accessories, GB Inspection Systems Ltd, was a significant participant in the Apprenticeship Trailblazer group that helped set the new Apprenticeship Standards.

Roger Lyon, former CEO of the BINDT, was project lead for the Trailblazer group. He said: “For many years, we have had nothing at all in terms of formal Apprenticeships for NDT. We saw the Trailblazer group as a good opportunity to work with employers and key influencers in the industry and find out exactly what they need to upskill their workforce”.

John Skidmore, Business Development Manager at GB Inspection Systems Ltd, said: “It was our strong suggestion that they create a scheme not just for fully pledged technicians at a degree level, but for people that are focusing on one discipline, so they have a more structured and holistic approach to education for NDT.”

Stephen Crawley, Skills Director at Skills Training UK, addressed a room of NDT professionals about the importance of upskilling their workforce and the development of the new NDT Apprenticeships.

He said: “We have a very strong track record with employers in STEM sectors and are looking forward to delivering the NDT Apprenticeships and building relationships with new employers.”

Skills Training UK has also been working with training provider and NDT expert Lavender International, which is subcontracted to deliver the new Apprenticeships.

Tim Armitt, Director at Lavender International, said: “Lavender International is really looking forward to working with Skills Training UK to further develop the workforces, not only of our people, but the wider NDT community.”

Skills Training UK has recently become a corporate member of the BINDT. CEO Cameron Sinclair commented: “The Apprenticeship scheme has been a fantastic breakthrough for the institute and it’s great to see Skills Training UK proactively engaging with employers and showing their commitment to the NDT sector.”

Skills Training UK is also exhibiting at the Advanced Engineering Exhibition on November 1st – 2nd, at stand O2.