Steel firm’s search for talented apprentices

Pictured at the launch of Tata Steel's Stocksbridge training centre are (l-r) Tata Steel Speciality Steels apprentice Thomas Matthews, managing director Mark Broxholme,  Master Cutler Pam Liversidge, Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith, Tata Steel HR Director Mick Hood, National Apprenticeship Service Employer Services Director Helen Gorner, Sheffield City Council leader Julie Dore, apprentices Rush Garfitt, and Lewis Waller and former Sheffield MP Richard Caborn
Pictured at the launch of Tata Steel's Stocksbridge training centre are (l-r) Tata Steel Speciality Steels apprentice Thomas Matthews, managing director Mark Broxholme, Master Cutler Pam Liversidge, Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith, Tata Steel HR Director Mick Hood, National Apprenticeship Service Employer Services Director Helen Gorner, Sheffield City Council leader Julie Dore, apprentices Rush Garfitt, and Lewis Waller and former Sheffield MP Richard Caborn
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Tata Steel has launched a search to find more than 120 new apprentices – including around 30 for its operations based in Sheffield and Rotherham.

The company, which only last year officially opened a new engineering training centre for its own and other companies’ apprentices at its Stocksbridge plant, said today that it would continue to seek out the best apprentices to help develop a sustainable future for the company.

Tata Steel human resources director Tor Farquhar said: “The steel industry is facing a challenging time, but we are continuing to invest in skills for the future and our apprentice programmes are central to our future success.

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

Tata Steel marked National Apprenticeship Week this week in South Yorkshire by announcing it is seeking 11 mechanical engineering, 10 electrical, five technical and three commercial apprentices to work at its Rotherham, Stocksbridge and Brinsworth sites.

The Tata Steel apprentice scheme is one of the biggest in Britain. Currently almost 500 young people are going through training to become technicians or engineers with the company. Apprentices will be employed on a fixed three-year contract and have their work regularly reviewed to ensure they are getting the support they need to complete their training successfully.

Applications for Tata Steel apprenticeship are open until this Sunday with successful applicants starting work in September.