The BDA is looking to take on the next batch of Land Drilling Apprentices. It is envisaged that the 2016/17 course will be based in England but recruits from all regions are welcome. However, if there is enough demand, a course will be arranged in Scotland.
The Land Drilling Apprenticeship Scheme is designed to take drilling support operatives (2nd men) through to the award of the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Land Drilling, level 2, as a Lead Driller. The Apprenticeship is open to all land drilling sectors.
This is achieved by a mix of formal off-the-job training and supervised on-the-job training at employer level, followed by NVQ assessment. The scheme provides full and comprehensive training in the knowledge and skills that a Lead Driller should possess.
Training modules delivered by the BDA include Induction and sessions on Employment Rights & Responsibilities; Health, Safety & Environment; Geology; Drilling Applications & Methods; Site Management; Drilling & Grouting; Ground Investigation; Anchoring; Geothermal Drilling. Employers deliver the supervised work based training to satisfy a series of educational demands such as the requirements for Personal Protective Equipment etc. Completion of this training is periodically verified by the BDA and CSkills.
The Scheme is fully endorsed by CSkills and forms part of their apprenticeship programme for the specialist trades known as SAPs. It is supported by grants to eligible employers. The BDA's role is that of Training Provider whereby it carries out all the administration of the scheme, organises all off-the-job training, monitors with CSkills the on-the-job training, and arranges the NVQ assessment to take place.
Read what the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) have to say about a career in Land Drilling by clicking the link http://www.citb.co.uk/careers-in-construction/discover-it/careers-progression-tool/a-z-careers/land-drilling-operative/#.