Conferencing + Events Feature — 03 May 2019

STEM employers across the West Midlands are being invited to the UK’s first Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Apprenticeships forum, organised by the UK’s leading NDT training schools to help tackle the growing industry skills gap.

The innovative NDT Apprenticeships forum will take place at Coventry’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre on the 15th May 2019.

The event is co-hosted by Skills Training UK, who was recently awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships’ for their work within the sector, alongside leading NDT training schools and partners; TWI, ImechE Argyll Ruane, Lavender International, South West School of NDT and the University of Northampton.

NDT is critical to the safety of industries such as manufacturing and engineering, where over 318,000 people in the West Midlands are employed*. Other industries of importance include aerospace, automotive and energy, but reports suggest that the UK’s ageing workforce to those working within these roles is contributing to a wider skills gap and *costing £1.5bn to UK industry**.

The event will feature talks from employers EDF Energy and Responsive NDT, who will share their experience with enrolling Apprentices on to the Level 2 NDT Operator, Level 3 NDT Engineering Technician and Level 6 degree standard NDT Engineer.

William Hawksford who has started the Ofqual Level 3 NDT Engineering Technician

Roger Lyon, project manager of the Apprenticeship programmes and a director at the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, will also speak to employers about the importance of the Apprenticeships for the industry.

He said; “With over 150 Apprentices already enrolled across the three standards, we are already seeing the impact for employers across a wide range of sectors including, engineering, manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and energy.”

“Working together, the Professional Body (BINDT), the Employer Group, a proactive Lead Provider (STUK) and specialist NDT training schools (ATOs) are providing our industry sector with opportunities they have never had before.”

“This forum is a great opportunity for employers across these sectors to learn more about the NDT programmes and see first-hand what benefits the Apprenticeship training can bring, such as helping introduce new technical skills and developing a workforce that is fit for the future.”

Stephen Crawley, chief operating officer at Skills Training UK, adds; “Whilst some employers are already reaping the benefits of the NDT Apprenticeships, many are unaware of the funding opportunities available to them. This includes Levy paying employers who will already have a pot to invest in Apprenticeship training and SME employers who only have to contribute 5% to the cost of Apprenticeships.

“We look forward to meeting forward-thinking employers who are looking for ways to invest in their workforce and help bridge the skills gap within NDT sectors.”

Employers can CLICK HERE to register for either a morning or afternoon session and are encouraged to reserve their space as soon as possible. Both sessions include a free lunch and have limited spaces available.

For more information about the NDT Apprenticeship programmes can also be found at


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