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Helping GB Inspection lead the way for non-destructive testing (NDT)

Helping GB Inspection lead the way for non-destructive testing (NDT)

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Forging the future of Engineering Technicians with NDT Apprenticeships

Forging the future of Engineering Technicians with NDT Apprenticeships

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Apprenticeships for... Materials Testing

Materials Testing Apprenticeships

Awarded ‘Apprenticeship Programme of the Year’ at the TES Fe Awards 2020, our unique Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) 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 Materials Testing positions.

Designed by employers, for employers, the qualifications are proven to bring real, practical benefits - helping to address skills gaps and upskill existing workforces across engineering, manufacturing, nuclear, energy, automotive, rail, construction and other STEM sectors.

Non-Destructive Testing Apprenticeships

Skills Training UK is now the Largest NDT apprenticeship provider in the UK.  Our level 2 Non-Destructive Testing Operator and level 3 Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technician Apprenticeships were launched as part of the  British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (BINDT) trailblazer, with both programmes offering certification in PCN & EN4179 to NDT level 2 standard. 

We also jointly developed and launched the Level 6 NDT Engineer Degree Apprenticeship standard in partnership with University of Northampton, with next enrolments taking place in January 2021 (contact us here for more information)


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.

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 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

Industrial Coatings Applicator Apprenticeship

Our new Level 2 Industrial Coatings Applicator standard has been developed by employers for coatings applicators involved with preparing the surface of new or existing steel structures and involved with applying the correct protection coatings. We have partnered with specialist coatings training and delivery provider Train the Painter to ensure world leading training provision across the UK.

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 048 9370 or email us here for more information.

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