Forging more futures in steel town of Scunthorpe as 124 extra jobs created

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 21 Dec 2017

BRITISH Steel has provided a Christmas jobs boost by announcing it is set to recruit more steelworkers of the future in Scunthorpe.

And the initiative has been hailed by the town’s MP Nic Dakin as showing evidence of confidence in the future of the industry.

A total of 124 manufacturing trainees will be joining the business – adding to 50 apprenticeship positions announced last week.

Of the new roles, 30 manufacturing trainees have started work at the Scunthorpe site this month, with another 30 to begin in January.

Bosses at the company have now revealed they are looking for an additional 64 manufacturing trainees to join those recruits, who will also be trained to perform roles including crane driving, fork lift truck driving and machine operations.

And the apprenticeships, which will begin in September, take the recruitment drive to 174 positions.

Mr Dakin said: “This is really good news both for British Steel and for the trainees that it takes on.

“It shows that the business has confidence in the future and is investing in the future skills needed to perform in the steel industry.

“It is a really positive piece of Christmas cheer.”

British Steel deputy chief executive Paul Martin said the new roles offered excellent career prospects for successful candidates.

He said: “We’re delighted to continue recruiting, underlining our commitment to investing in our people, our products and our future.

“These are excellent jobs, offering successful applicants first-class training and career prospects along with a good wage.

“Earlier this year we started recruiting this site’s first manufacturing trainees in a decade and they’re already making a significant contribution to our business.

“I’d like to welcome our new employees to the business and look forward to more people joining us in the coming weeks and months.”

The new manufacturing trainees, who must be aged at least 18, will start on salaries of £19,000, plus shift allowance where applicable, progressing to around £22,000 in their second year, following the completion of their training.

They will be based in manufacturing areas across the Scunthorpe works and will be directly involved in producing the company’s annual steel output of 2.8 million tonnes.

Training will also be provided at North Lindsey College.

British Steel senior resourcing advisor Lucy Lings said: “These roles are incredibly important to our business and they represent a fantastic opportunity for people wanting to quickly advance their careers, with training provided by ourselves and North Lindsey College.

“The standard of applications we receive continues to be high and our new manufacturing trainees have all come through a rigorous recruitment process. 

“I’d encourage anyone interested in joining British Steel as a manufacturing trainee to get their application in as soon as possible.”

North Lindsey College principal Mick Lochran said: “These roles offer people a unique chance to build new careers with the region’s largest employer, and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with British Steel on delivering the training.”

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