New partnership to deliver NDT apprenticeships


Lavender International has announced that it will be working with innovative skills and employability provider Skills Training UK (STUK) to deliver two of the NDT apprenticeship standards.

Lavender International will deliver approved NDT training as a subcontractor to Skills Training UK in order to provide either PCN or EN 4179 certification in the NDT Operator apprenticeship and NDT Engineering Technician apprenticeship. This will include delivering NDT methods such as penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, weld inspector, ultrasonic testing, radiographic testing, phased array and time-of-flight diffraction. STUK will work with the employer and apprentice to develop a training plan for each learner and will deliver training to develop skills such as leadership, project management and quality assurance.

Skills Training UK is one of the UK’s leading training providers, with a proven record of working in partnership with employers in STEM sectors to deliver apprenticeships. It has particular expertise in the automotive, aerospace, advanced engineering, energy and rail sectors and has twice achieved an ‘excellent’ score in the Merlin Standard Accreditation – the benchmark for the design and delivery of high-quality supply chains.

Sam Cunningham from Skills Training said: “By working with world-leading NDT training providers such as Lavender International it will strengthen our programmes, which ultimately lead to internationally-recognised certification schemes, such as PCN or EN 4179. We are very excited about this partnership and are looking forward to developing individuals in the NDT industry and creating the next generation of NDT technicians.”

The STUK team is keen to maintain its relationship with BINDT and to develop links with any Authorised Training Organisations (ATOs) in order to include high-level NDT and condition monitoring training as part of its quality-assured apprenticeship programmes.

Amy Schofield from Lavender International said: “The STUK team has a genuine desire to ensure that each learner has a high quality level of training – something that we at Lavender strongly align with. We feel that working with a company with similar values to ourselves is essential to ensuring that the learner has the best possible training. They are a great team and I’m excited to see what the future holds!”