Jonathan Young, one of the UK’s first Non-Destructive Testing apprentices.

We are working with industry experts Lavender International to launch two new apprenticeships for the Non-Destructive sector.

The Level 2 Non-Destructive Testing Operator Apprenticeship and the Level 3 Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technician Apprenticeship have been developed by employers within the industry. Supported by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, these apprenticeships will allow new and existing employees to gain a recognised qualification in the profession.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) is a group of analysis techniques used in science, industry, medicine, forensics and art to evaluate the properties of a material, component, system or structure without causing damage. It is a very valuable technique used for product evaluation, research and problem solving which can save both time and money. NDT is used widely in all areas of engineering, aerospace, defence, power generation, medicine and art.

We are at the forefront of the delivery of the apprenticeship standard and is one of the first training providers within the UK to deliver the specialist training. The first apprentice, Jonathan Young, is employed at Severfield, based in Thirsk, and enrolled onto the programme in February 2017.

Jonathan said: “I was completing a Level 3 Welding course when I first found out about NDT. I knew straight away that this was what I wanted to do. I learned how respected the role was within the industry, and that really appealed to me.

“The apprenticeship includes a Level 3 in Management and Leadership Skills, but it’s being on site that I really enjoy the most; shadowing my mentors, watching and learning as I go.”

“Training new talent in this expanding sector is critical.”

Ellis Farrelly, Quality and Responsible Welding Co-ordinator at Severfield explained why apprenticeships are vital to the industry: “The arrival of the company’s first-ever NDT trainee is really exciting and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

“Training new talent in this expanding sector is critical. Apprenticeships are massively important to our continuity as it’s the best way we can transfer knowledge and ensure that skills remain within our business.”

The apprenticeship is delivered jointly by us and Lavender International, a Penistone-based global brand for NDT training, exams and consultancy services. The majority of the training is delivered on-site at the employer’s premises and will take 36 months to complete.

Anne Griggs, Head of External Funding, Partnerships and Contracts at the college said: “We are very excited to announce our partnership with Lavender International and to launch this new apprenticeship standard. This collaboration allows the college to expand the range of business training and support employers in this specialist industry to gain recognised qualifications.”

Sam Cunningham, Business Development Manager, Lavender International stated: “After years of hard work and NDT employer input, we are proud to be working with a local college to deliver these pioneering apprenticeships. As a trailblazer for the industry, we are committed to providing training and development to our own employees and to customers worldwide.”

For more information about apprenticeships or business training, visit our Services for Business departmental page, call 01226 216 166 or email employer@barnsley.ac.uk

Last updated: 2nd May 2017

Originally posted on: 2nd May 2017