Next generation steelworkers start at British Steel

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Apr 2017

BRITISH Steel has recruited 18 trainees in brand new roles designed to develop the next generation of steelworkers in Scunthorpe.

The company's workforce has been bolstered by the new manufacturing trainees, with the latest intake starting work this week and two more set to join the ranks shortly.

The apprentices will work towards a level 3 qualification in metal allied processing in partnership with North Lindsey College.

They will also learn practical skills around the steel and iron-making processes, including how to operate mobile plant and machinery.

Paul Martin, British Steel's managing director, said: "We're very proud to welcome our new manufacturing trainees to our Scunthorpe site.

"This is the first time we've recruited for manufacturing trainees in about 15 years, and we've done so because we felt this was the perfect time to strengthen our manufacturing workforce as we look towards the future.

"Our highly-skilled employees will give the very best training, in partnership with North Lindsey College.

"And our new trainees have all the attributes to become the future of steel manufacturing in Scunthorpe and continue our proud heritage."

The new trainees join more than 200 across the British Steel business, comprising graduates, apprentices and students taking part in placements and work experience.

The new recruits will be based in manufacturing areas across the Scunthorpe site and will be directly involved in British Steel's annual 2.8 million tonne steel output.

Among the new trainees is Brenton Cummings, 32, who lives in Scunthorpe.

He said: " I was over the moon to get this position.

"I wanted somewhere where I could get training and progress, and the sky's the limit here.

"I've been looking for a while and had been working in an agency.

"My father-in-law used to work here and I know a few people who work here, it's definitely a good company to work for."

Another of the new starters, Liam Sarsfield, 20, from Scunthorpe, said: "This is definitely a strong company going forward.

"I obviously knew about it being bought out and think it's got a bright future ahead of it.

"I thought it was a good opportunity and somewhere I'd have a long career. "

North Lindsey College principal Anne Tyrell said: "We are delighted to be helping British Steel as these trainees embark on their new careers.

"This is a superb opportunity for them and we will ensure they have all the skills needed to excel in their positions and help British Steel go from strength to strength."

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