It's a wonder those Arborfield guys ever find the time to get some work done! Yes, they're lucky indeed to get those chances. They certainly weren't on the cards back in "my day". Good luck to them all.
As I say, it's a pity that the mighty NHS doesn't get its act together and set up an engineering training college of its own. And then run apprentices through it, year in, year out. Common curriculum, everyone gets trained to the same standard, hospitals know what they will be getting, refresher courses, upgrading courses, specialist courses etc., etc.
With all the money being chucked at the NHS, I really can't see why it can't be done (apart, that is, from lack of political will).
But ... who's getting excited about degrees? (personally speaking, I don't really do "excited" these days).