Sixty in Scunthorpe steel themselves for apprentice life

Sixty apprentices are getting their first taste of steelworking at the Tata Steel site in Scunthorpe this autumn.

Fifty of the new apprentices are engineers, either mechanical, electrical or structural, with a further ten technical apprentices working in chemistry and metallurgy.

Tata management has pledged to develop the business in Scunthorpe, which was a Corus plant until a recent merger between the two companies, saying that the apprentices are proof of its commitment to future generations of steelworkers.

“The steel industry has faced the challenge of one of the most severe economic downturns in living memory, but this recruitment campaign is a reflection of our ambition to secure a sustainable future for steelmaking in Scunthorpe,” said site director Sean Lyons, himself a former apprentice fitter.

“The successful candidates can look forward to achieving essential qualifications and contributing to an international company that manufactures world-class steel.

“These people represent the future of our business so we are investing in them to ensure we have the right people in the right jobs to build on the success of steelmaking in the town after we’ve overcome the current economic challenges.”

The 50 engineering apprentices will spend their first year studying NVQ qualifications on the Scunthorpe site at the high-tech apprentice training workshop, in part of the former heavy section mill. This programme is delivered by the company’s apprenticeship provider, the Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA).

In their second and third years the engineering apprentices will work on the steelworks full-time, with assessment from HETA instructors to support completion of their NVQ Level 3.   

The 10 technical apprentices will initially study for one year in the apprentice training workshop. They will then spend a further two years on site to develop the skills they have learnt. They will also work towards an NVQ Level 3.

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