NDT Apprenticeships have been developed by BINDT in co-operation with a group of employers in the NDT industry to address the ageing profile of NDT technicians. It encourages employers to take on new staff at reduced training costs and will enable school leavers to embark on a worthwhile career in NDT.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Operator Apprenticeship

This is a Level 2 Apprenticeship, typically achieved in around 18 months. Apprentices are required to achieve industry recognised NDT Level 2 certification in one method in accordance with national and international standards.

An NDT Operator will usually work as part of an inspection team or department performing NDT inspections to pre-defined NDT Work Instructions and reporting his/her findings through the employer’s Quality Management System processes. Their findings will be subject to review and authorisation by suitably qualified and experienced supervisory staff, such as NDT Engineering Technicians, to ensure that the results are accurate and reliable.

The skill set and depth of proficiency retained by the NDT Operator, whilst singularly focused on one NDT method, are nevertheless transferable across all engineering sectors.

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Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship, typically achieved in around 36 months. Apprentices are required to achieve industry-recognised NDT Level 2 certification in three methods in accordance with national and international standards, including one complex method.

The role of an NDT Engineering Technician will usually involve technical supervisory responsibility of NDT Operators and other junior staff within the organisation. They will oversee, validate and audit by reinspection the work of NDT Operators, and manage projects and specific areas of work.

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Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineering Apprenticeship

This is a Level 6 apprenticeship (degree-level qualification), typically achieved in around 4 years (although this can vary depending on the experience of the individual).

This Apprenticeship is suitable for project managers who are responsible for the planning, operation and oversight of NDT procedures; or senior NDT practitioners across large and SME employers from all associated industries, including: aerospace, nuclear, automotive, engineering, motorsport, power generation and distribution, manufacturing, railways, oil and gas (on-and offshore).

On completion of the Apprenticeship, the NDT Engineer will hold a BSc Non-Destructive Testing degree. This degree is closely linked to the personal certificate of Non-Destructive Testing (PCN) through the British Institute of NDT (BINDT).

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How does it work?

The main provider, e.g. Skills Training UK (STUK), will manage all of the employer’s training requirements so that the employer will have a single point of contact for the duration of the apprenticeship. STUK will deliver the apprenticeship and so the apprentice will be a student of  STUK. STUK will provide regular training and assessments to monitor the progress of the apprentice. 

Lavender International supports the delivery of the NDT Apprenticeships by providing the NDT Training and Examinations. When the student is ready to undertake their NDT training (as determined by STUK assessors), STUK will contact us to book the student onto their chosen NDT course. 

STUK have approved suppliers of NDT training. It is the choice of the employer which NDT training provider they would like to use from the list of approved suppliers for the NDT Training as part of the NDT Apprenticeship.


As an employer offering an apprenticeship you need to:

  • Employ an apprentice for a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • Pay at least the national minimum wage for apprentices
  • Induct the apprentice and support their on-the-job learning using skills and knowledge in the workforce
  • Be involved in reviewing the progress of an apprentice.

An employer must be prepared to provide the learner with the opportunity to carry out work and be part of projects which will enable the learner to produce substantial evidence towards their qualification.

In order to ensure the successful progression of the learner,  employers participate in joint reviews of the learner’s progress at regular intervals throughout the apprenticeship.

This ensures continued and positive progress through the apprenticeship. It will also provide the opportunity to discuss and agree how any issues are to be resolved and how additional stretching and challenging activities can be built in.


Apprenticeship incentives information:

The Government incentives announced in ‘A Plan for Jobs’ make it more affordable than ever for Levy- paying and SME employers to take on new apprentices and workplace trainees. Incentives for employers include:

Skills Training UK are able to advise and support employers to recruit new, diverse talent and upskill their existing workforce and develop new leaders, delivering measurable improvements in efficiency and effectiveness.


Supporting Documents:

Let’s get started guide from BINDT

Lead Providers

BINDT information documents

Levy Information

Incentives for Skills Recovery 

Emergency Contacts
Key emergency contact for Apprentices:
Nicola Dodsley, Operations Director office: 01226 765769 Email: nic@lavender-ndt.com

ESFA Contact Information
Telephone: 0370 2670001
Email: SDE.servicedesk@education.gov.uk

Skills training UK
Freephone: 0800 048 9370
Email: apprenticeships@skillstraininguk.com

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Tel: +44 (0)1604 438300
Fax: +44 (0)1604 438301
Email: apprenticeships@bindt.org

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