Tata extends deadline for apprentices

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Tata Steel is extending the deadline for people in South Yorkshire to apply for apprenticeships as part of its involvement in the Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield.

The company has already had 300 applications for the 17 apprenticeships at its Stocksbridge and Rotherham plants, but decided to allow extra time for potential applicants to apply.

Tata Steel is sponsoring the ‘Get up to Speed’ engineering and manufacturing showcase, which takes place in Sheffield on Thursday and is extending the deadline for applications to Saturday.

Human resources manager Mick Hood said: “We are sponsoring the ‘Get up to Speed’ event to help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and showcase the expertise in the South Yorkshire region.

“Our current apprentices will be available to talk to families and young people who may be interested in an exciting career in the manufacturing and engineering industry. We have had a tremendous response so far from people interesting in becoming a Tata Steel apprentice. But we thought it was only fair to extend the deadline for applications until after the ‘Get up to Speed’ event.”

Some of the fastest vehicles and people on earth are attending Get up to Speed, including land speed record breaker Richard Noble, from the Bloodhound Project to build the ultimate land speed record car, the Marussia Virgin Formula 1 car, run by Rotherham-based Manor Motorsport and Women’s Bobsleigh World Champion Nicola Minichiello.

The event takes place at The Blue Shed - Ekspan, Compass Works, 410 Brightside Lane, Sheffield. S9 2SP from midday to 7:30pm on Thursday March 17.