Skills Training UK launches non-destructive testing (NDT) Apprenticeship Standards

August 4th, 2017

National Apprenticeships provider Skills Training UK has launched its new Apprenticeship Standards for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT).

The Ofqual Level 2 Non-Destructive Testing Operator and Ofqual Level 3 Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technician have been developed in partnership with West Midlands manufacturer and designer of ultrasonic probes and NDT accessories, GB Inspection Systems Ltd.

Based in Burntwood near Birmingham, GB Inspections was a significant participant in the Apprenticeship Trailblazer group that helped set the new Apprenticeship Standards and has already enrolled two employees on Skills Training UK’s programme.

William Hawksford has started the Ofqual Level 3 NDT Engineering Technician and Tyler Sharrock the Ofqual Level 2 NDT Testing Operator.

William, who previously completed Skills Training UK’s Performing Manufacturing Operations Apprenticeship with GB Inspections, said: “An Apprenticeship was always a route I wanted to go down. I’m looking forward to pushing on and reaching the next level.”

Skills Training UK and GB Inspections are also exploring the possibility of opening a dedicated NDT training facility in the Midlands.

Neil Smith, General Manager at GB Inspection Systems Ltd, said: “I’ve always been a fan of promoting youth – to my mind it’s the best way forward. So when we heard about what Skills Training UK had to offer we were keen to find out more.

“The relationship we have with them has gone from strength to strength. They know exactly what we are looking for and understand the aims of our business.

“Creating a dedicated Apprenticeship training facility for NDT in the Midlands would be a hugely positive step and we’re excited about the opportunities that it could bring.”

Skills Training UK is one of the UK’s leading independent training providers with a proven track record of working in partnership with employers in STEM sectors to design and deliver Apprenticeships in Business Improvement Techniques (BIT), Quality and Improvement, Supply Chain, Business Skills, Information Technology and Digital Marketing.

As well as NDT, it has particular expertise in the Automotive, Aerospace, Advanced Engineering, Energy, Utilities and Rail sectors.

Stephen Crawley, Skills Director at Skills Training UK, recently addressed BINDT’s Education and Professional Development Committee to introduce its work and brief members on how it is helping major employers through the recent Apprenticeship Reforms and how the new funding models can bring real value to businesses.

He said: “We have been working with GB Inspections for the last two years, delivering a range of Apprenticeships to help develop the company’s workforce, including Performing Manufacturing Operations and Digital Marketing.

“We’re delighted that they’ve been able to play such an important role in helping to set the new NDT Standards and we look forward to our partnership continuing.

“We have a very strong track record with employers in STEM sectors and have been working hard with a variety of businesses to ensure they are making the most of the new opportunities and incentives available.”

Skills Training UK will be on Stand P29 at the Materials Testing 2017 exhibition and conference which runs from 7-5 September. On Thursday, 7 September Stephen Crawley will present ‘Apprenticeships for NDT; developing your workforce’ at 10am in room 5d1. He will explain how employers can gain best value from apprenticeships including maximising levy and non-levy funds.


Caption: William Hawksford of GB Inspection Systems Ltd has recently started an Ofqual Level 3 Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technician Apprenticeship run by Skills Training UK

Caption: Neil Smith, General Manager at GB Inspection Systems Ltd, with Skills Training UK’s Skills Director Stephen Crawley