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BDA calls for apprenticeship commitment

The British Drilling Association (BDA) has announced that it is now taking applications for its Land Drilling Apprenticeship scheme.

According to the BDA, the ground engineering industry will need many more skilled lead drillers over the coming years to meet increasing demand and is calling on the sector to invest in its future.

The apprenticeship scheme mentors drilling support operatives through all aspects of land drilling and on to the award of the NVQ level 2 to become a multi skilled lead driller.

“Many businesses across the UK offer their employees an apprenticeship because they recognise their effectiveness at increasing productivity, improving business performance and ensuring a committed and competent workforce,” said BDA executive secretary Keith Banton.

“Apprentices enable employers to fill the skills gaps that exist within their current workforce as they begin to learn sector specific skills from the outset; developing specialist drilling knowledge that will positively affect your bottom line.”

Apprentices undertaking the scheme will undergo 20 days of formal training on all aspects of land drilling and geotechnical processes, by industry experts, with both classroom and practical sessions.

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