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Forgemasters' look to future after highly skilled apprentices qualify

27 September 2010

Sheffield Forgemasters' latest batch of accomplished apprentices have successfully qualified and secured full time positions in skilled roles at the company.

The engineering company prides itself on putting crucial skills back into the British steel and manufacturing industries and building an expert workforce for the future through its outstanding apprenticeship scheme.

The eight apprentices have completed their training in a variety of highly skilled roles including moulder core making and steelmaking over the last four years. More apprentices are expected to graduate in the next two months.

Forgemasters' graduates this year are: maintenance fitters Mark Healy, Kieran Rowley, Luke Connelly and Oliver Hill, electrician Raymond Redfern, moulder core makers Guy Pedley and Russell Sheridan and steelmakers Michael Frisby and Matthew Trigg.

The company has taken on approximately 250 apprentices over the last ten years - 85% of which have been retained. From day one apprentices at Forgemasters are full employees and are afforded all the benefits other employees enjoy, including pension and a competitive rate of pay.

Graham Honeyman, Chief Executive at Sheffield Forgemasters, said: "The UK steel and manufacturing industries have lost a lot of important skills over the years and we need to find ways of putting that knowledge back. It is also important that we protect the many years of knowledge within our own company by passing these unique skills on to future generations.

"Sheffield Forgemasters is in a strong position to do just that thanks to our fantastic apprenticeship scheme. We invest a lot of time and money in our apprentices and they repay us with the excellent contributions they make every day. As a company we are always looking ahead, and our apprentices are a big part of Sheffield Forgemasters' future success.

"We are extremely proud of our graduates and I offer them all my warmest congratulations."

Making up nearly 10 per cent of the workforce, Forgemasters' apprentices regularly pick up key industry awards and members of the current crop of graduates have been recognised in the Metskill Apprentice of the Year Award and the Company of Cutlers Joint Education Awards.

Photo Caption: Successful apprentices (left to right) Kieran Rowley, Russell Sheridan and Guy Pedley join Forgemasters' Group Training and Development manager Steve Tagg.