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Forgemasters drives to recruit specialist new apprentices

24 May 2011

Sheffield Forgemasters will take on 16 new specialist apprentice training roles at its Brightside Lane operations later this year.

Sheffield Forgemasters will take on 16 new specialist apprentice training roles at its Brightside Lane operations later this year.

The drive aims to recruit a tranche of candidates to cover key roles within many of the company’s divisions and will provide skilled trades for successful school and college leavers.

Roles available for the apprentices’ intake in 2011 include moulders/core-makers, maintenance fitters, metrologists, welders, pattern makers, laboratory chemists and production operatives.

Forgemasters has a long history of providing skilled apprenticeships and recently won the Large Employer category for companies employing between 250 and 4,999 people at the Yorkshire and the Humber Apprenticeships Awards for its commitment to training its workforce.

Graham Honeyman, chief executive at Sheffield Forgemasters, said: “The company places great store in training apprentices. Many of our roles require bespoke training as they are so specialised, but the rewards always come back to the business by the sheer talent that these young people bring to the company.

“The new intake can look forward to a bright future if they are prepared to put in the hard work. We are seeking very dedicated individuals for these roles and have already seen a healthy response to the vacancies.

“We believe a return to traditional apprenticeships and their values is considered vital to the health of Forgemasters and to British industry.”

Forgemasters is currently training 64 apprentices from a total of 811 employees for roles in all departments across the company – just under 8 per cent of the workforce.

In 2010, more than 250 applicants applied for apprenticeships vacancies at the company, challenging national statistics that apprenticeships are not sought after by young people.

More than £1m per annum is invested in apprenticeships training programmes plus public sector grants resulting in a range of qualifications being achieved including NVQs, BTEC, City and Guilds, undergraduate/post graduate level, Phd’s and lifelong learning plus work-based key-skills learning programme.

In 2010, 22 Forgemasters apprentices started foundation degrees with local universities to achieve technician status.

For a full list of the apprenticeship vacancies and details of the required skills, visit the careers page. Closing date for the applications is 3 June.