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Record breaking number of apprentices at Sheffield Forgemasters

29 July 2010

Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited has taken on a new batch of apprentices to bring the total number employed to its highest level in the 200-year-old company's history.

The latest crop of 20 apprentices takes the total to a record-breaking 76 – nearly 10 per cent of the workforce at the 64-acre Brightside Lane site and six more than two years ago.

Forgemasters will train the 76 apprentices, who are all from schools and colleges in South Yorkshire, in a variety of highly skilled specialist careers including core making and steelmaking.

The company takes a proactive role in putting crucial engineering skills back into the local industry - recruiting and training almost 250 apprentices in the last ten years.Eighty five per cent of these 250 apprentices successfully completed the three year training and every one of these was retained in full-time skilled posts, some of whom went on to even higher education with the company.

Graham Honeyman, chief executive of Sheffield Forgemasters, said: “We offer our apprentices a great opportunity to pursue rewarding careers with a forward thinking company that they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience.

“The fact that we now have a record-breaking amount of apprentices on our books reflects our commitment to building a strong, competent workforce for the long-term future. We are also proud to recruit from the local area – there is a great affinity with Sheffield and South Yorkshire which we wholeheartedly embrace.

“It is essential for the manufacturing industry that companies are committed to investment in long-term skills training. The industry faces growing competition from across the world so to have a highly skilled, competitive workforce for the future is a necessity we recognise absolutely.” A record number of almost 250 candidates for the new intake were whittled down by a rigorous interview process to the 20 successful applicants.

The company’s apprentices have repeatedly won top industry awards for their efforts - picking up awards such as the EEF Future Manufacturing Apprentice of the year and Young Engineer of the Year.