British Steel on the lookout for 50 new steelworks apprentices

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 14 Dec 2017

A recruitment drive has been launched to find 50 new apprentices to join the Scunthorpe steelworks.

British Steel has launched the initiative to find individuals for the roles which will start in September 2018.

The positions to be filled include mechanical apprenticeships, electrical and technical roles.

British Steel Deputy CEO Paul Martin said: “Our apprenticeships offer people fantastic opportunities, with first-class training and excellent career prospects.

“Our Scunthorpe site has a distinguished history of taking on apprentices, with hundreds of our current employees joining us in this way. It’s imperative we keep investing in our people, and our future, and these opportunities reaffirm our commitment to building the next generation of steelworkers.

“The new apprentices will join a highly-skilled workforce and play a vital role in our effort to build a sustainable future for this business by ensuring we continue improving the products and services we offer our customers.”

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Candidates looking to apply for electrical and mechanical apprenticeships will need to have or be working towards five GCSE's in English, maths, science and two further subjects.

For A-level students, there’s the opportunity to join an engineering or technical degree apprenticeships.

To be eligible for the degree apprenticeships, applicants will need three A–levels or equivalent including maths and a science at grade C or above.

Helen Lee, British Steel’s Early Careers Recruitment Co-ordinator, said: “This is a great chance for people to join our business and open up a whole world of opportunities.

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“Many people who’ve joined us as apprentices go on to enjoy long and successful careers here. They’ll get work experience, earn a wage, enjoy the benefits of being employed by a large company and unlike students who go to university, there is no debt at the end.”

Steelworker at British Steel

One of British Steel’s current mechanical apprentices, Eden Bradley, encouraged would-be applicants to act quickly.

He said: “There's so much to learn but it's made easy and fun to understand – and it’s enhanced by the practical side of learning. I’d advise others to join British Steel as it’s a great experience and ensures you’re ready for work.”

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Training is provided in partnership with North Lindsey College and its principal, Mick Lochran, said: “These apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity for people to build a career and I’m delighted to see British Steel continuing to invest in its future.”

For more information on apprenticeships and other job opportunities at British Steel, visit http://britishsteel.co.uk/join-our-team/current-vacancies

The closing date for applications to British Steel’s apprenticeship programme for next year is February 16, 2018.

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