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Steel firm backs apprentices
A GROUP of 16 TTE Technical Training Group students have been sponsored by Tata Steel to work towards advanced level apprenticeships.
The students, who are from across Teesside, will spend two years as part of the workforce at Tata Steel gaining invaluable on-the-job experience while they achieve industry-respected qualifications.
Half of the group will be based at Tata Steel’s Teesside Beam Mill facility while the other eight apprentices will work at Tata Steel Special Profiles in Skinningrove, East Cleveland.
Teesside Beam Mill employs more than 200 workers in the rolling and finishing of structural sections for use in the construction industry. The mill supplies to worldwide markets to stockholders and end-users.
Tata Steel Special Profiles is considered to be the world’s leading manufacturer of custom-designed, hot-rolled special shaped steel profiles.
It supplies a wide-range of industries world-wide including earthmoving equipment, materials handling, shipbuilding and mining.
The apprentices will work across a range of roles at the Tata Steel facilities based on their engineering disciplines.
The group consists mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, fabrication and welding apprentices. Their progress will be assessed by TTE staff, who will visit the apprentices on site, as they work towards to completing their apprenticeship and securing further qualifications.
The group secured sponsorship from Tata Steel after completing a two-year Vocational Study Programme at TTE’s specialist training centre in South Bank, Middlesbrough.
The programme provides significant workshop-based training to develop students with the core skills required by employers. Students work towards Level 2 or 3 qualifications alongside practical experience utilising industry-standard equipment at TTE’s large workshop facility.
Successfully completing the Vocational Study Programme allows students’ the chance of progressing on to an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, which is sponsored by an employer from the oil & gas, process, manufacturing and engineering sectors.
Tony Malone from Tata Steel, said: “Apprentices form an important part of our workforce development programmes and we are delighted to welcome this latest group to Tata.
“Working with TTE we have assembled a group of talented young people who are keen to forge a career in industry. They will gain valuable experience working with our teams at Teesside Beam Mill and Special Profiles, which will give them an excellent grounding for their future careers.”
Steve Grant, managing director of The TTE Technical Training Group, said: “Tata Steel recognises the value of apprenticeships and the role they play in creating the next generation of skilled workers for industry. Through the company’s sponsorship, these 16 apprentices have a wonderful opportunity to build on the skills and qualifications they have already achieved.
“Their training at TTE will have given them the ideal preparation for joining Tata Steel. We operate our training centre like a working environment so students develop important skills such as timekeeping, team working and health and safety awareness alongside their engineering training. This enables them to be workplace-ready and more attractive to employers.”
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