Sheffield Forgemasters launches drive for new apprentices


UK steel manufacturers, Sheffield Forgemasters, has launched a drive to recruit more apprentices as it progresses development on one of the World’s most advanced manufacturing facilities.

The company, which provides crucial components for the UK defence programme, has also embarked on a recapitalisation programme with up to £400 million to be invested over the ten years at its 64-acre site in South Yorkshire.

The origins of Sheffield Forgemasters date back to the 1750s as a small blacksmith forge. Since then the company has been associated  with many famous steel industry names such as English Steel, Firth Brown, British Steel and River Don Castings.

The company offers end-to-end manufacture for steel production and is now capable of producing the largest and most technically challenging cast and forged steel components in the world.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) owned company has now launched a drive to recruit a further 26 apprentices for September, as it progresses development on one of the World’s most advanced manufacturing facilities.

Marking National Apprenticeships Week this week, the recruitment will see successful applicants join the company during a hugely exciting period to participate in an award-winning apprenticeship scheme.

Successful candidates will receive fully-funded training, working towards a professional qualification whilst getting paid.

Nicola Childs, head of people development, said:

“This year, we have tied our apprentices launch into National Apprenticeship Week as we seek out the most capable and committed individuals to join the team.

“There is no better time for apprentices to join the company, which has a secure future following our MoD acquisition, as we push on with a large recapitalisation programme to create the next level of engineering skills-sets in areas including defence and civil nuclear manufacture.”

Sheffield Forgemasters is investing £400m over the next ten years to support its defence-critical assets, including a new heavy forge line and building, major machine tool replacements and the creation of a new machining facility, which will be unmatched outside of the UK.

Nicola added:

“We really want to urge those candidates who want to secure an apprenticeship which will provide skills for life and excellent career development as we intensify our defence work and pioneer manufacturing technologies for civil nuclear power and offshore wind power.”

Details can be found on the Sheffield Forgemasters’ website in the following disciplines; production, maintenance, technical and central services.

Emily Wynne, people development advisor – early careers, said:

“It’s really exciting for the Sheffield City Region that we are in a position to offer so many apprenticeships ahead of our September intake and we expect a really strong response to the launch.

“This year, we have a broad variety of roles, which we hope appeals to the diverse talent that we have in our region.”

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