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Non-Destructive Testing Apprenticeship


Faslane, Helensburgh, GB, G84 8HL

Onsite or Hybrid:  OnSite

Programme title: Non-Destructive Testing Apprenticeship
Level: SCQF Level 6
Salary: £16,000
Location: Clyde, Scotland
Application closing date: March 2024
Programme start date: August 2024


Curious about a career that combines cutting-edge technology with national security? Join our 4-year Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Apprenticeship at HM Naval Base Clyde and help get submarines to sea, safely.


About the programme 


As an NDT Apprentice based at HM Naval Base Clyde, you'll be vital to our Fleet Time Support programme, ensuring the Royal Navy’s Vanguard and Astute-Class nuclear submarines are ready for their important missions. 


You’ll be responsible for conducting surveys to ensure work has been completed to the correct standards before submarine deployments. 


Your day-to-day will be far from ordinary:


  • Carrying out detailed surveys and upholding rigorous standards
  • Collating and analysing survey reports
  • Working with key stakeholders to assure compliance with specific regulations and codes
  • Producing crucial technical reports 
  • Assisting with work package sequencing
  • Supporting the management team to maintain and improve safety.  


You’ll also be a key member of the Radiography Team at HMNB Clyde, working as a trainee radiographer and developing your skills in this specialist field. 


At the end of your programme, you'll be a well-rounded professional ready to take on the role of Nuclear Procedures and Standards Inspector Trainee.


Your education/training


During your apprenticeship, you'll earn the following qualifications through West College Scotland:


  • SVQ 2 Performing Engineering Operations at SCQF Level 5
  • NC in Welding & Fabrication at SCQF Level 6
  • SVQ 3 Technical Services Non-Destructive Testing at SCQF Level 6
  • HNC in Welding & Fabrication at SCQF Level 7 


Additional training includes PCN Level 2 NDT Visual Inspection and Liquid Dye Penetrant by Lavender Training.


What you’ll need  


  • Maths at National 5 or above or equivalent.
  • English at National 5 or above or equivalent.
  • Science or Technical subject at National 5 or above or equivalent.
  • Two other subjects at National 4 or National 5 or above.
  • Many of our early careers roles are subject to Security Clearance and Trade Control restrictions which mean that your place of birth, nationality, citizenship, or residency you hold or have held may impact which roles you are eligible for. Further details are available at United Kingdom Security Vetting: clearance levels – GOV.UK ( For our early careers roles, you must be able to achieve BPSS and many of them require you to be eligible for Security Clearance.


What you’ll get 


We will provide you with a supportive and engaging environment where you can grow your career.  
In addition, you’ll benefit from:  

  • Fully funded qualification 
  • Personal development training and opportunities 
  • Minimum 28 days holiday allowance including bank holidays 
  • Competitive pension scheme  
  • Employee share scheme 
  • Flexible benefits including cycle to work scheme and employee shopping savings portal 

You’ll also have the chance to get involved in our STEM outreach activities and volunteering opportunities, which our apprentices find incredibly rewarding. 


Your career development


It’s hard to beat the variety of fantastic opportunities and business experiences you’ll receive. You can expect real world encounters and exposure to exciting projects that will really help you navigate where you want to take your career.


Plus, when you join us, you’ll be automatically enrolled onto our Apprentice Development Programme. Through a series of digital and face to face sessions, presented by wellbeing and performance experts and our external partners, we will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to thrive and perform at your very best on your programme and beyond.

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