Training for apprentices

An innovative approach to building measurement expertise

Developing vital metrology skills and knowledge required by industry

NPL apprenticeships deliver measurement skills for a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing. We have created a Level 3 training programme to support the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education’s Metrology Technician Standard, which is the ideal route into skilled employment for technicians working in:

  • Measurement research
  • Instrument and equipment calibration, use, test, inspection and type approval
  • Measurement application in the field, laboratory or manufacturing situation
  • Quality and process support

Benefits to employers

  • Ensure that you have the exact skills for your business
  • Cost effective training using your apprenticeships levy
  • Attract, develop and retain the metrology talent in your workforce
  • Develop critical workplace knowledge, skills and behaviours
  • A high quality apprenticeship curriculum underpinned by NPL’s science base

Benefits to apprentices

  • Achieve a nationally recognised apprenticeship that will boost your employability
  • Earn whilst you learn – receive a salary and the opportunity to train
  • Train at state of art facilities at NPL or with one of our approved deliverers
  • Increase your professional network and expand your future opportunities
  • Boost your career prospects

We are a government approved apprenticeship training provider, and we deliver apprenticeship training to levy paying employers in England via the apprenticeship service. The Level 3 Metrology Technician Standard was approved for delivery in August 2017 and is the first nationally recognised standard on metrology, the science of measurement.

This new apprenticeship standard was developed by the Metrology Trailblazer, an employer group chaired by NPL, to ensure an apprenticeship of high quality and a focus on the right knowledge, skills and behaviours of the workforce. 

Are you an employer who is interested in employing an apprentice?
If you are interested in employing a metrology apprentice, contact:

Are you looking for an apprenticeship?
NPL is looking for apprentices to start in September 2024. If you are interested explore Careers at NPL and register your interest.

Are you a training provider looking to get involved in training apprentices?
NPL’s level 3 training programme is available to licence by other apprenticeship training providers in full or on a module by module basis. The curriculum is suitable for inclusion within other manufacturing, engineering, health and life science apprenticeship programmes that require a metrology focus.

To find out more, contact:

Our complaints process document is available here.

“I have learnt a lot about the different types of measurements that can be taken … the course has definitely improved my understanding of basic metrology”
“This course has developed and improved my knowledge in metrology, which will help me in my career”
“Excellent, very informative and enjoyable”
“Good course, learnt a lot; instructor was very good”
“I enjoyed the course and feel that it was presented and taught in a clear and well thought-out manner”

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