QMT News: October 2017
NDT Apprenticeship Standards

 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: “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.”

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