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Tata Steel is searching for 16 engineering apprentices to start work at its South Yorkshire plants in September, in addition to the 13 it appointed last month.

The 16 new recruits will work at Tata Steel Speciality’s Rotherham, Stocksbridge and Brinsworth sites and will study for nationally-recognised qualifications at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, while spending the remainder of their time training alongside Tata Steel’s engineering experts at the company’s Stocksbridge training centre.

News of the new positions for trainees came at the start of national Apprenticeships’ Week.

Tata Steel Speciality HR manager, Mick Hood said: “Our apprentices represent the future of our business and we are looking for passionate, bright and dedicated people to join our apprentice programme in September.”

A 17th apprentice is being recruited to work at Tata Steel Speciality’s plant in Bolton.

Thirteen engineering apprentices started work at Tata Steel Speciality’s Stocksbridge steelworks last month.

The apprentices were the first to be recruited since the downturn in the economy and spent between four and five months on placement with the company before being offered permanent positions.

Daniel Clarry, 18, an engineering apprentice who joined the company on placement in September, said: “I am really impressed with the training and support I have received while working in the training centre.”