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UK’s first ever Metrology apprentices graduate

The first ever cohort of Metrology Technician apprentices in the UK have completed their studies at Make UK’s Technology Hub in Aston, Birmingham.

The three-year course, developed by NPL and delivered by Make UK, includes both on and off the job training to develop the essential metrology knowledge, skills and behaviours required.

NPL understands the benefits of applying good measurement practices and, when used effectively, how they enable innovation and wealth creation. Metrology takes place across a wide range of industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, construction, energy, environment, healthcare and space. Metrology can range from measuring galaxies to graphene, chemical pollutants to hip joints.

NPL developed the apprenticeship curriculum to enable a new pipeline of sought-after talent to industry, contributing to the long term success of the metrology profession and the economy.

As well as creating the apprenticeship itself, NPL has developed a number of free e-learning courses for future metrology apprentices to sign up for, in preparation for the apprenticeship itself.

Stuart Kitney, Head of Training at NPL said: “We are delighted that the first ever metrology apprentices have completed their studies and we congratulate them on this milestone. Metrology brings impact to our everyday lives, and this cohort of Metrology Technician apprentices will now go on to use their essential metrology knowledge and skills to benefit the UK economy and international trade.

We are also grateful for the partnership with Make UK and the work they have done to support and guide these apprentices to success and we look forward to working together going forward.”

David Hollinshead, Head of External Delivery at Make UK, commented: “The success of this apprenticeship is a perfect example of how effective and strong collaborations, like ours with NPL, can yield great rewards. Special mention must go to the delivery team at Make UK for their hard work and dedication - in particular Neil Ellor, Pete Murray, Spencer Wigley and Andy Hunter. I’d also like to thank Jaguar Land Rover for being early adopters of this apprenticeship.”

08 Dec 2020