We are saddened by the news of the closure of Skills Training UK Limited (STUK), a prominent apprenticeship provider. Our thoughts go out to their team members during this challenging time.

Over the last 5 years, we have worked closely with Skills Training as a subcontractor to deliver accredited training and examinations for the Level 2 NDT Operator, Level 3 NDT Technician and Level 6 Degree apprenticeship schemes. The apprenticeship route has opened doors for countless individuals embarking on a rewarding career in NDT and provided an opportunity for current employees to upskill and progress in their careers.

Given the recent changes, we understand that many employers and learners may be feeling uncertain about the future of the apprenticeship schemes. We want to assure everyone that we are committed to supporting as many learners as we can who are currently on programme. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through the next steps to ensure a smooth transition during this period of change.

Switching Apprenticeship Providers

For employers who have apprentices registered with Skills Training on the Level 2 NDT Operator and Level 3 NDT Engineering Technician programmes, transferring to another main provider is possible if they deliver the same apprenticeship standard.

As we are a main apprenticeship provider, we are conducting thorough assessments on a case-by-case basis for learners seeking to switch providers. Factors such as the apprentice’s start date, the amount of training completed by Skills Training UK and the remaining time left to reach the End Point Assessment will be taken into consideration. Our goal is to ensure minimal disruption to the apprentice’s educational journey.

If you are an employer currently seeking a new main apprenticeship provider for your apprentices and wish to be considered for a transfer, please email us at: apprenticeships@lavender-ndt.com. Our team will be able to provide advice and guidance on the next steps.

Support for Level 6 NDT Engineer Apprentices

Our contract with Skills Training to deliver the NDT certification training for the Level 6 programme, ended when Skills Training UK ceased trading. As a result, this will directly impact apprentices enrolled in the programme, particularly those scheduled to undertake NDT courses with us as an integral part of their degree curriculum.

We are proactively engaging with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to explore ways to support learners registered with Skills Training UK on the Level 6 NDT Engineer apprenticeship. We will reach out to all apprentices who have NDT courses scheduled over the next few weeks. For further support, please email apprenticeships@lavender-ndt.com


Discover New Opportunities with our NDT Apprenticeship Programmes

For employers looking to upskill their current workforce or recruiting new starters, we offer the Level 2 NDT Operator and Level 3 NDT Engineering Technician apprenticeship programmes, delivering a comprehensive learning experience all in one convenient place. Get in touch with our apprenticeship team to find out more on 01226 765769.


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