Award winning Apprenticeships provider Skills Training UK has
launched a new Industrial Coatings standard for the materials testing
sector to tackle a growing industry demand.

The Level 2 Industrial Coatings Applicator standard has been developed by
 employers for coatings applicators
involved with preparing the surface of new
 or existing steel structures and applying the
correct protection coatings.

Based in Wirral, Levy paying employer The 
Hankinson Group was a significant participant
in the trailblazer group that helped set the
 new Apprenticeship Standard and has already 
enrolled four employees on the Industrial
Coatings Applicator programme.

Stephen Hankinson, Group Chairman of the
Hankinson Group, said; “There is an urgent 
need to get apprentices into our sector to meet 
the demands of forthcoming infrastructure 
projects, particularly across road, construction,
energy and other key STEM industries. Having highly skilled Industrial painters available and
 delivering quality work helps reduce whole life 
cost of assets and reduces risk due to asset 
“Prior to the launch of this apprenticeship 
there was no way to encourage new entrants
 into the sector so this is a major step forward.
We are delighted to be taking on four industrial 
painting apprentices and to be working with
Skills Training UK and their innovative delivery

Adam Swain, aged 24 from Wirral, Level
2 Coatings Applicator Apprentice at The
Hankinson Group, said; “The Apprenticeship is 
a great opportunity for me to gain an industry 
recognised qualification as a competent
 Industrial Coatings Applicator which will be 
hugely beneficial to my career.”

Sam Cunningham, Materials Testing Account  
Manager at Skills Training UK, said; “With a
growing need for competent Industrial Coatings
 Applicators, we are pleased to offer the new 
Apprenticeships standard for employers who
 are looking to develop their staff with relevant 
industry qualifications. We look
forward to helping to grow the 
next generation of competent 
industrial painters.”

Partnering with industrial
coatings specialists ‘Train the
Painter’, training modules will be 
delivered through a combination 
of on-site visits, classroom 
workshops and online learning 
modules. Skills Training UK will 
offer employers guidance on 
Apprenticeship Levy funding 
and recruitment, while specialist
 trainer assessors will visit
apprentices monthly to deliver
 functional skills and 1-2-1support.

Lucy Pavia, Operations
 Manager at Train the Painter and
the Corrodere Academy, said;
“As an internationally accredited 
coating applicator training 
provider, we are delighted to be
working with Skills Training UK to
launch this new Apprenticeship
 standard and to deliver innovative 
training to employees within the 
Skills Training UK is one of
the UK’s leading independent
 training providers with a proven
track record of working in
partnership with employers in
 STEM sectors to utilise their
Apprenticeship Levy and design 
and deliver Apprenticeships in 
Non-Destructive Testing, Business
 Improvement Techniques (BIT)
and Business Skills and Digital

In 2019 it was named ‘Training Provider of the
Year’ by the TES FE Awards, and was described
by judges as an exemplar of how to be
 successful as an ‘employer-responsive, individual
focused, innovative’ training provider.
To find out more about the Industrial
 Coatings Applicator Apprenticeship, visit
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