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New explosives course

For a long while now, it has been acknowledged that there has been a lack of Suitably Qualified and Experienced People (SQEP) across various explosives sectors within industry.  However, over the past few years a Level 6 Explosives Apprenticeship has been designed and established to service all explosives sectors, across all industries, this will deliver people with honours degrees in explosives – something that has never been done before in the UK (possibly never done anywhere worldwide)!

The first cohort of approx. 20 students are starting at the University of South Wales in a few weeks time and other universities should be coming on-line to offer the course in the next year.

It is a 5 year part time course, with 20% of the students time being spent studying at university and in their own time (roughly 2 weeks studying, 4 weeks at work, repeated four times each year).  The universities (South Wales, Aston and Greenwich) will charge £27,000 per student, divided up over the five year study period, but £24,000 of this is funded directly through the governments apprenticeship levy and anyone, irrespective of age, can benefit from this if they sign up to the five year Level 6 Explosives Apprenticeship.

As a member of  the OME (Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives) Education and Training Working Group and the Explosives Education Trailblazer Team, I have taken an action to spread the word about new, government funded, training opportunities for those working with explosives, across the explosives sectors of industry that may not be aware of the good work that has been done and the opportunities now available – I have specifically stepped up to liaise with the SFX, Fireworks and Theatrical Pyro sectors, due to my knowledge and experience within these fields.

For more information contact:

Stephen Miller CEng MIExpE
Explosives Consultant




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