It’s National Apprentice Week 2020!

A chance to celebrate the positive impact of NDT Apprenticeships

Here at TesTex we have a lot to celebrate and to be proud of. Investment in technology and training are a core part of our business and are essential to us delivering on our reputation for high quality NDT and Inspection services.

As a company we’ve found that apprenticeships have mutual benefits…

Benefits to us as an Employer

Currently, we have six full time NDT Technician, Apprentices working with us, Ben Bertie, Charlie Barrass, Jamie Brown, Rhodie Clarke, Matt Lister and Ben Sibbick. All of our apprentices work really hard and contribute to the business, picking up skills quickly and assisting qualified technicians and managers where appropriate.

Ben Bertie was our first apprentice, joining us almost three years ago. Now in the final stages of his apprenticeship Ben has successfully achieved three PCN qualifications. Once complete he will be a fully qualified NDT Technician and will have the option to remain with us and complete further training. Our Technical Manager Danny Reed commented,

“As our first apprentice Ben has set the bar high with the standard of his work and the dedication, he has put in. Through our apprenticeship scheme Ben has attained PCN qualifications and valuable industry experience to set him well on his way for a career in non-destructive testing with TesTex.”

Recruiting and training apprentices benefits us in many ways, but mainly it ensures the people moving up through the business understand the company, our customers requirements and how we do things.

Benefits to Apprentices

Once qualified all of our apprentices will have the option to do a further two years specialising in more specific NDT disciplines.

From this point, all of our apprentices will be given the opportunity to stay with us as Specialist NDT Technicians. As a growing business its an exciting time to be part of the team! We support our staff with ongoing career development and map out progression routes available within the business.

But don’t just take our word for it. We asked some of our apprentices what they thought the benefits of an apprenticeship were, versus other options. Rhodie Clarke, one of our first year apprentices said…

“I am learning lots on the apprenticeship all about the industry, NDT methods, use of equipment etc. This will benefit me in later life once I have become fully qualified. Becoming fully qualified gives me, a brilliant career and also provides me with a comfortable living.

I think Apprenticeships are an advantage to college as you get day to day on site experience and you get paid for it instead of studying in a classroom.

In my opinion I am improving each day I work at TesTex learning the job, the methods and how to perform my job safely and efficiently. So far so good glad to be on board.”

Jamie Brown who is in his second year of an NDT Apprenticeship, here at TesTex also commented,

“I am gaining skills such as teamwork and communication. These skills will help me develop and grow in and outside the workplace. I went down the Apprenticeship route because I believe it’s the perfect route for learning whilst earning. 

During my time at TesTex, all the staff have been very welcoming and helpful. They have all helped me whenever I have needed it and developed me into the technician I am today. “

We’d like to thank all of our apprentices for their hard work and dedication and to encourage anybody considering an apprenticeship to get in touch, email

Written by Billie Ward, Senior Operations Manager.

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