Skills Training UK partners with the University of Northampton for NDT Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

September 17th, 2018

Skills Training UK, a leading training provider for non-destructive testing (NDT) Apprenticeships has announced the launch of a Level 6 NDT Engineer Apprenticeship Degree in partnership with the University of Northampton. 

The Level 6 Engineer Apprenticeship Degree will be an opportunity for employers across STEM sectors to upskill senior staff with the latest NDT industry qualifications.

The launch took place at The British Institute for Non Destructive Testing’s (BINDT) annual conference for NDT professionals, NDT 2018.

Stephen Crawley, Chief Operating Officer at Skills Training UK, said: “We are delighted to be working with the university to launch one of our first degree level Apprenticeships and offer yet another innovative training solution to support the engineering workforce.

“We know from our work within the sector that the NDT community has an ageing workforce and that there is a growing skills gap.

“The NDT Engineer Degree Apprenticeship addresses that challenge and is an exciting opportunity to deliver training of the highest possible standard so that the next generation of NDT specialists have the appropriate skills desired by employers.

Last year, Skills Training UK announced their corporate membership of BINDT and launched a Level 2 NDT Operator and a Level 3 Engineering Technician Standard, working with specialist NDT partner’s Lavender International.

The training provider has since partnered with several leading specialist NDT training schools from across the UK, offering flexibility for employers looking to upskill their workforce and recruit young NDT talent.

The Level 6 Engineer Apprenticeship Degree will be delivered through a combination of on-the-job training and e-learning, using the University of Northampton’s innovative online training platform.

Abdeldjalil Bennecer. Senior NDT Lecturer, University of Northampton, said, “We are pleased to be working with Skills Training UK to offer this unique opportunity for NDT and STEM sector employers to upskill their staff to a degree level within their workplace.”

On completion of the Apprenticeship, NDT Engineer Apprentices will hold a degree (BSc NDT or BEng NDT) approved by BINDT as meeting the requirements of the NDT Engineer Apprenticeship. 

The NDT Engineers will be among the most senior NDT staff within an organisation and are often responsible for the oversight of all NDT operations, including the preparation of work plans and NDT procedures for other staff to work to.  NDT Engineers use their acquired knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable NDT systems to operate safely, efficiently and in an environmentally-sustainable way, meeting the requirements set out by the employer and those of the professional body.

NDT Engineers maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology and undertake engineering design and development within manufacturing, construction and operations.

EDF Energy is one of the first employers to sign up to the new Apprenticeship. Steven Meikle, from EDF Energy’s Structural Integrity Branch accompanied the first EDF Energy NDT Engineer Apprentice Jack Bryant, the company’s first NDT Engineer Apprentice, to NDT 2018.

Steve said, “We have followed the NDT Apprenticeships for some time and are very excited to be getting involved with the new NDT Engineer Degree Apprenticeship programme with Skills Training UK.”

Skills Training UK works with both levy-paying and SME employers and in the past year has enrolled over 80 Apprentices onto its NDT Apprenticeships programmes.

Roger Lyon, Project Manager for BINDT Apprenticeship schemes, said:  “As one of the lead Apprenticeship providers, Skills Training UK has been very proactive and successfully partnered with several specialist NDT training schools in the past year.

“This new partnership with the University of Northampton to offer the NDT Engineer Apprenticeship degree will mean further flexibility for employers looking to upskill their staff with relevant NDT qualifications and skills, which will no doubt have a lasting effect on the workforce and the industry.” 

To find out more about Skills Training UK’s NDT Apprenticeships, click here, call 0800 612 6224 or email apprenticeships@skillstraininguk.com