British Steel say they are undertaking the biggest transformation in their history – and they’re on the lookout for 40 new apprentices to be part of it.
The news comes as Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announces a UK wide ban on the importing of Russian iron and steel from tomorrow (14 April 2022).
Last month International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan secured a resolution with the US to end the ongoing issue around steel and aluminium tariffs.
Following two months of talks, the Trade Secretary met with Commerce Secretary Raimondo in Washington DC and the US announced an expansive removal of section 232 tariffs, re-opening tariff free access for UK steel and aluminium exporters to the US.
The announcement is good news for the steel and aluminium sectors, which support the jobs of over 80,000 people across the UK. The changes will take effect on 1 June 2022.
International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:
[This] announcement is good news for our steel and aluminium industries who have been unfairly hit by these tariffs, and the 80,000 people employed across the sector. It means our manufacturers can now enjoy a high level of tariff-free access to the US market once again.
We have been clear from the start that we would only accept a solution that works for the UK and is in the best interests of both our steel and aluminium industries and this bespoke agreement does just that.
Hopefully we can now move forward and focus on deepening our thriving trading relationship with the US.
Director General, UK Steel Gareth Stace said:
I would like to congratulate the Government on behalf of the entire steel sector for its success in these hard-fought negotiations which have resulted in a hugely positive outcome for UK steelmakers. This deal is the culmination of months of dedicated work from Anne-Marie Trevelyan and her department, removing long-standing export barriers and opening up access to the important and high-value US steel market.
The benefits of this deal will be felt by steel companies and their employees right across the UK and is immensely welcome.
Allan Bell, British Steel’s Chief Commercial and Procurement Officer, said:
British Steel has a long-standing history of supplying quality steel into the US, and we welcome this agreement and the opportunities it will bring.
We’ll work with UK Government to provide any necessary information and look forward to further strengthening relations with our US customers to deliver the products they require.
The successful British Steel applicants will enrol on 3-year training programmes for Engineering roles (Mechanical, Electrical and Fabrication & Welding Trades) and Technical positions.
Heather Bateman, Early Careers Advisor, said:
“We have a rich history of recruiting apprentices into our business, so we’re delighted to be maintaining this tradition. The successful candidates will get first-class training from our highly-skilled employees and training partners, and be able to play a valuable role in the growth of our business.”
Apprentices will study towards a National Apprenticeship that will directly relate to the work they’re undertaking. They’ll be rewarded with a progressive salary and benefits package.
Training will be delivered in partnership with North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe and TTE on Teesside.
The closing date for applications is 30 April 2022 and the successful candidates will join our business this September.