AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2019 shortlists Skills Training UK

February 19th, 2019

Skills Training UK is delighted to be named as a national finalist in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Apprenticeships (Provider)’ category at the FE Week & AELP Annual Apprenticeship Conference (AAC) Apprenticeship Awards 2019 which take place in Birmingham on 27/28 March 2019. The awards ceremony, which returns after last year’s successful inaugural event, celebrates the excellence of Apprenticeship delivery.

The ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Apprenticeships (Provider)’ category recognises the outstanding contribution of a provider to the development of Apprenticeships, from a local, national or subject-specific perspective.

Skills Training UK’s entry highlighted innovative work with the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and trailblazers to establish NDT Apprenticeship Standards for materials testing – a sector critical to the safety of industries such as aerospace, oil and gas nuclear and motorsport.

Before developing the NDT Apprenticeships Standards, Skills Training UK carried out extensive research to understand the NDT market and develop the right delivery model.

In a first for the industry, we established contracts with specialist NDT training schools across the UK for technical delivery, offering flexibility for employers looking to upskill their workforce and recruit young talent. The delivery model has linked the process between employer, specialist training provider and Apprentice, making it easier and more cost-effective for employers to upskill and recruit for NDT.

Stephen Crawley, Chief Operating Officer, Skills Training UK, said: “We know from our work within the sector that the NDT community has an ageing workforce, with 60% of 1,600 BINDT members aged over 60, as well as a growing national skills gap.

“We were therefore delighted to provide yet another innovative training solution to support the engineering workforce with our ground-breaking NDT Apprenticeship Standards, which will address these challenges and deliver training of the highest possible standard so that the next generation of NDT specialists have the appropriate skills desired by employers.

“We are honoured to be shortlisted by the FE Week & AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2019 and are looking forward to the event.”

Skills Training UK has become the largest NDT Apprenticeships provider in the UK in the past 12 months, enrolling 106 NDT employee Apprentices, of which 61% are aged 16-24, at over 50 employer companies across engineering, aerospace, nuclear, oil and gas, and other sectors in 2017-18. This will create over 200 NDT qualifications within the industry.  

We offer the Level 2 NDT Operator and Level 3 Engineering Technician Standards, as well as Level 6 NDT Engineer Degree in partnership with the University of Northampton.

More recently, we have opened an NDT Innovation and Training Centre in partnership with GB Inspection Systems Ltd in the West Midlands to open up new opportunities for young people to progress into materials testing Apprenticeships and to promote social mobility.

Steven Meikle, from EDF Energy’s Structural Integrity Branch, one of six employers to so far take up the NDT Engineer Degree, said: “We have followed the NDT Apprenticeships for some time and are very excited to be getting involved with the NDT Engineer Degree Apprenticeship programme with Skills Training UK.”

The AAC Apprenticeship Awards 2019 forms part of a flagship two-day event for the Apprenticeship industry. The AAC, in partnership with the Department for Education, is recognised as the leading national Apprenticeship conference for employers and providers, and takes place at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham on March 27. The ceremony is being held at the same venue on the following day.

Find out more about our NDT Apprenticeships here, or call 0800 612 6224 or email apprenticeships@skillstraininguk.com

(Left to right): GB Inspection's General Manager Neil Smith (left) with Skills Training UK's Chief Operating Officer Stephen Crawley.