And you thought we had finished developing apprenticeship schemes

And you thought we had finished developing apprenticeship schemes (so did I)…

BINDT has been approached by the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr), which has enquired about us collaborating with it on the end-point assessment (EPA) of its Ofqual Level 2 Painting and Coating Applicator apprenticeship. Having had a meeting with ICorr to discuss the apprenticeship assessment plan and the various roles and responsibilities, BINDT has agreed to cooperate with ICorr and will be applying to become an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO). This decision was not made simply to escalate our involvement with EPAs but to take into account the special relationship that BINDT has with ICorr (there is already a Memorandum of Understanding in place).

Following detailed discussions with the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) and a considerable amount of research into existing apprenticeship products, the IfA has agreed that BINDT, in particular the condition monitoring community, can develop an Ofqual Level 3 apprenticeship, in a similar way to that in which the NDT Engineering Technician apprenticeship was developed. The first activity is to assemble an Employer Group, so if you are an employer and are willing to take part in the Employer Group and help to develop the scheme, please email Karen Hickman at:

The University of Northampton MSc in Advanced Industrial Practice
The MSc Advanced Industrial Practice (NDT) is attracting a lot of interest and a number of applicants have already signed up.

Who is this new MSc aimed at?
The MSc Advanced Industrial Practice (NDT) is aimed specifically at those working in positions of responsibility in NDT who want to develop their expertise within their current profession while simultaneously working towards a qualification.

Why is it linked to Incorporated Engineer registration?
The Engineering Council recognises that an equivalent level of academic competence can be gained by experience, authority, management and professional standing within the industry sector. The University’s approach to experiential learning is very similar to this.

When can I sign up and start the MSc?
You can apply at any time by contacting the University of Northampton using the details listed at the end of this article or online ( If you have any further queries, please contact me or Nigel Freestone using the email addresses given at the end.

What happens if I am already an Incorporated Engineer or a Chartered Engineer?
Do not worry, you will not be left out. We are already developing a process whereby we can recognise your existing acheivements without duplication.

Recognising Industrial Practice – the first year of the MSc
An innovative application of accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) in work-based learning contexts, the Recognising Industrial Practice module provides a useful, critical and reflective mechanism that can be used by individuals and organisations as part of a customised and flexible programme of 

Negotiated Work-Based Learning
Successful completion of the Recognising Industrial Practice module will provide learners with a more forward-looking perspective to allow them to both identify and negotiate new projects/work-related activities.

Industrial Practice Research Project
Learners will be provided with the tools needed to enable them to conduct their research projects to the highest possible standards and to develop as successful, independent 

Roger Lyon CEng HonFInstNDT, BINDT, Midsummer House, Riverside Way, Bedford Road, Northampton NN1 5NX.
Tel: +44 (0)7780 498060; Email:

Nigel P Freestone BSc MPhil PhD FHEA, Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, The University of Northampton.
Tel: +44 (0)1604 893358; Email:

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