Friday, September 12, 2014

News: Further recognition for MTL apprentice as Tata takes top award

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Tata Steel Speciality Steels has been named as the Large Employer of the Year at the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014. At the same awards, Yaser Rauf of Rotherham manufacturing firm, MTL Group, was named as one of Yorkshire and Humberside's best apprentices.

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.

Over 70 apprentices are receiving their training in the engineering side - mechanical, electrical and technical - or in the administration or commercial side of the business. The scheme also takes on apprentices from other local firms in the Tata supply chain who work in markets ranging from automotive to aerospace, civil engineering to component manufacturing, energy industries to consumer goods.

A state-of-the-art engineering training centre at its Stocksbridge site was extended in 2012. Converted from a disused workshop, the centre enables the company to train in-house and equip the apprentices with the specialist skills essential to meet the current and future needs of this industry.

Tata's apprenticeship scheme is recognised in The City & Guilds Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list and has seen retention increase to 98% in the last five years.

Representatives from Tata Steel, AVA Ltd and Sheffield College attended the awards (pictured, top). The win follows two highly commended awards in the last two years and Tata will now go into the national final in November.
26-year-old Yaser Rauf fought off tough competition to be shortlisted, and was announced as a highly commended in the Higher Apprentice of the Year category at the recent Yorkshire and Humberside ceremony.

Yaser is undertaking an Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship with Barnsley College and MTL Group. The Brinsworth firm is one of Europe's fastest growing project manufacturing specialists in the metal sector and a global exporter of secondary steelwork.

The award follows on from previous recognition for Yaser at previous National Apprenticeship Awards, the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards and the National BTEC Awards.

Yaser Rauf, manufacturing mechanical engineer at MTL Group (pictured above, centre), said: "Having completed my Advanced Apprenticeship, I am now progressing onto a Higher Apprenticeship in engineering. Since starting an apprenticeship, the confidence I have in myself to set a goal and achieve it has raised so much. I am now incredibly ambitious to become successful in the engineering sector."

That ambition includes becoming a design & development engineer at MTL.

Nick Wilson, deputy director at the Skills Funding Agency, said: "The National Apprenticeship Awards are an excellent platform to recognise and celebrate the dedication shown by all our excellent Apprenticeship employers and apprentices.

"The quality of entries we have had for the Yorkshire and Humberside awards this year has been exceptional. Those who have won should celebrate their success. But every apprentice and employer who entered can be proud of what they have achieved."

Tata Steel website
MTL Group website
Apprenticeships website

Images: apprenticeships.org.uk

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