Young apprentices from a Sheffield steel company have been putting their skills to good use at a community-based project at a children’s hospice.
The 22-strong team from Tata Steel Speciality Steels carried out all sorts of odd jobs at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston.
They took part in gardening work, moving furniture and helping to sort out merchandise for the hospice’s charity shops, developing their team building and communications skills.
The apprentices, all new starters in various roles, completed the volunteering project at the end of their first introductory week.
Company lead technical training adviser Tony Goddard said: “We include a community day annually in an induction week for the new apprentices as we believe it is important all new employees understand our commitment to the Tata Steel values, and appreciate first hand the support charities such as Bluebell Wood provide to the communities in which we operate.”
Tata has been supporting Bluebell Wood since July last year and has taken part in organising a bag drop day at the company’s Stocksbridge site.
There are plans for a similar event at the company’s Rotherham plant, along with a cake bake and a bucket collection.
Kayleigh Barton, process control apprentice, said: “I really enjoyed the day, meeting new people and getting to know other Tata Steel employees.
“My task for the day was weeding along the main entrance to the site, to make the borders look more presentable. I would definitely do it again as I felt proud for helping those in need.”
At the end of a long day the group was surprised to see a convoy of cars from the Transformer movies appear, along with Doncaster-born actor Mark Ryan.
Mark, who is the voice of Bumblebee and Lockdown in the blockbusters, had come along to entertain children being cared for at the hospice.
Sandra Hind, volunteer co-ordinator at Bluebell Wood, said: “The apprentices worked incredibly well as a team and put so much enthusiasm into everything they did. We are very thankful.
“Bluebell Wood relies heavily on local businesses like Tata Steel to continue our vital work.”