Monday, April 14, 2014

News: Cadets gain insight into industry at Tata Steel

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Tata Steel's speciality steel business in South Yorkshire has recruited 13 students into an innovative programme that provides the first step into a career in engineering.

The students, from the University Technology College (UTC) in Sheffield have joined the Tata Steel Industrial Cadets programme.

Beginning with Tata Steel and the backing of the Prince of Wales in Redcar, the pilot project aimed to give young people an insight into industry and manufacturing and to raise awareness of local career opportunities. It has since been expanded and now includes firms such as Airbus, BAE Systems and Nissan.

As part of the programme, which lasts 12 months, students spend two hours a week taking part in hands on activities at Tata Steel sites or at the UTC Sheffield.

Opened last year and led by a steering group of employers, the UTC is helping to shape the future workforce for two of the region's key sectors - advanced engineering and manufacturing, and creative and digital media.

The cadets will be introduced to various aspects of business including engineering, manufacturing, design, sales, marketing and finance. They will visit the steelworks and take part in hands-on workshops and learning activities that support their curriculum.

The programme is delivered by Tata Steel staff, and the students have to apply to join it. On successful completion, students are guaranteed an interview for an apprenticeship at Tata Steel so long as they are on course to achieve their GCSEs.

Nick Crew, principal at the UTC Sheffield, said: "We are delighted that Tata Steel is supporting UTC Sheffield. We provide our students with a well rounded education comprising traditional academic and technical qualifications. Support from employers is integral to preparing our students for the world of work, and developing their skills and future prospects for careers and university."

Tony Goddard, lead training advisor, Tata Steel,added: "Exposing young people to the types of experiences and activities involved in the industrial cadet scheme prepares them for potential careers in our industries. This not only gives the students an exclusive advantage, but also gives future employers an applicant who has a very good understanding of industry and associated careers."

2013 saw 30 apprentices begin their training at Tata Steel Speciality Steels in South Yorkshire, the largest intake in three years. Apprentice and graduate recruitment restarted for Tata Steel in South Yorkshire in 2010 following large scale restructuring in 2009.

Over 2,000 people are employed by the Indian-owned company in South Yorkshire where sites like Stocksbridge and Aldwarke in Rotherham, focus on exceptional high-value products and sectors.

Tata Steel website
UTC Sheffield website

Images: UTC Sheffield

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