More than 5,000 apply for 140 British Steel trainee jobs

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 21 Apr 2017

MORE than 5,000 people have applied for trainee jobs with British Steel over the last six months, the company has revealed.

Applications for 140 trainee jobs with the Scunthorpe-based firm opened on October 1 and an incredible response for graduate, undergraduate, apprentice and work experience vacancies has been reported.

A total of 5,400 applications were received – an average of 39 for each available position. And with the closing date now passed, the company is in the process of selecting its 140 trainees.

Of the successful candidates, 123 will be based at the steelworks in Scunthorpe and the remaining 17 will be at British Steel's Teesside Beam Mill.

Paul Martin, British Steel managing director, said: "I'm delighted at the number of applications we've received.

"This signifies a real vote of confidence for British Steel as a company and that people have bought into our vision for the future.

"The fact we've had so many applications shows that people of all ages view us as a strong, viable company with a bright future, and clearly somewhere they feel they could have a career.

"The standard of applications has also been extremely high and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who applied to join us."

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The new trainees will join the 4,800 people employed by British Steel across the world, with more than 350 taken on by the company since it was launched in June last year.

The business has already taken on 30 trainees so far this year, with 18 manufacturing trainees starting work in Scunthorpe earlier this month and 12 manufacturing and technical apprentices beginning their careers on Teesside last month.

Helen Lee, British Steel early careers recruitment co-ordinator, said: "We've had a fantastic response to our trainee roles since October, particularly for our graduate and undergraduate positions.

"Whilst naturally we attract a lot of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) graduates and students due to the technical nature of steel manufacturing and engineering, our functional positions such as procurement have also proved very popular with applicants.

"I think this shows people can see it's an exciting time to be part of the British Steel team, and now's the time to join us."

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