86 new recruits start work as British Steel looks to create the next generation of steelworkers
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 13 Sep 2017
Eighty-six new recruits including 41 apprentices have been taken on by British Steel.
The company has undertaken its latest recruitment drive in order to create the next generation of steelworkers, with the vast majority of the new starters based at the Scunthorpe works.
There are 30 new apprentices in mechanical, electrical, structural and functional roles, as well as 11 degree apprentices in engineering and technical positions.
The new recruits also include 30 university STEM graduates.
British Steel managing director Paul Martin said: “I’m delighted to welcome these new people to British Steel, all of whom can make a significant contribution to our future.
“Once again we were inundated with applications for these coveted roles and all those who have joined us should be extremely proud as they faced fierce competition.
“Being able to bring 86 people of the highest calibre into the business gives me even greater confidence about our continued ability to produce market-leading steel.”
British Steel’s Scunthorpe apprenticeship programme is run in conjunction with North Lindsey College and the apprentices will receive training in the classroom and on-site, for between two and three years. Once they have completed their apprenticeships, it’s hoped they will join the business on a permanent basis.
New apprentices who have joined British Steel in Scunthorpe this September.
The graduates are on permanent contracts and will complete four six-month rotations across British Steel before moving into substantive positions with the company.
Mr Martin added: “We’ve taken on some very gifted individuals across the business and they’re guaranteed excellent training and support.
“In North Lindsey College we’ve an excellent training provider and we’ve a wealth of talent and knowledge throughout the business they can learn from.
“I wish them every success at this exciting time as they embark on the start of their careers with British Steel.”
British Steel has taken on a recruitment drive in both Scunthorpe and Teeside.
North Lindsey College Principal Mick Lochran said: “We have an excellent partnership with British Steel and it’s pleasing to see so many new people joining the business.
“The steel industry is highly skilled and the apprentices will receive training of the highest order, giving them an excellent opportunity to build long-term careers with British Steel.”
Of the new starters, 74 are based at the British Steel site in Scunthorpe and 12 at its site in Teesside.