UK To Create Focussed Metrology Apprenticeship Program

New UK metrology apprenticeship training standards have been developed to ensure that training is relevant and beneficial to the future of the Metrology industry. It will also help boost opportunities for those starting out in the Metrology industry and will help support the growth of the Metrology workforce nationwide. The application for the Metrology apprenticeship was submitted in June 2016 and has been approved by the UK Department for Education.

Apprenticeships are no longer the poor relation to academic training. Over the past few years the relevance of good quality, on-the-job apprenticeship training has been recognised across a wide range of traditional and new industries. Now it is possible to undertake an apprenticeship in such diverse subjects as Law, IT and Digital Marketing, alongside the traditional Engineering and Construction apprenticeships.

Physical Digital’s Managing Director, Tim Rapley, was invited to join a steering group to share his expertise by giving input into the creation of the metrology apprenticeship program. The Level 3 Metrology Apprenticeship was developed by the Metrology Trailblazer Group, which included over 30 employers and key stakeholders, and was led by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). The steering group set out standards for Metrology Technicians across a variety of industries.

As Managing Director of one the UK’s leading optical 3D Scanning metrology companies, Physical Digital Rapley was invited to influence the standards of the first Metrology Technician apprenticeship.

Tim has vast experience of metrology, gained initially at Woking-based McLaren’s race car engineering section, before he founded Physical Digital in response to a demand from automotive for the high-accuracy data captured through 3D scanning.

For the past twelve years, Physical Digital has been providing 3D scanning, quality inspection and reverse engineering to a variety of different industries. Using GOM ATOS scanning systems, Physical Digital provides highly accurate scan data in order to improve the quality of products, speed up the production cycle and reduce waste.

Apprenticeships will typically last 36 months and apprentices who undertake the full training will become valuable measurement specialists within their organisations, with the ability to contribute significantly to the future of the UK Metrology industry.

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