27 Oct 2016

Hundreds of students have applied to join British Steel as the firm continues its drive to recruit a new generation of steelworkers

Just days after opening applications for 2017’s graduate intake, the company has already received 317 applications from students wanting to take up permanent engineering and technical roles at its sites in Scunthorpe and Teesside.  A further 209 students have also applied to join the company on placements, ranging from three to 12 months.

Paul Martin, British Steel’s HR Director, said: “We are delighted with the response, particularly in such a short space of time.

“The fact so many people want to join British Steel shows how far we have come and it speaks volumes for the quality of our graduate training programmes.

“We have always placed great emphasis on ensuring our employees get the very best training and our graduates are no exception. This is an excellent time to join our business and the successful candidates will have the opportunity to join a growing company offering superb career opportunities.

“The calibre of applications has again impressed us and there is no doubting competition will be high as we look to recruit a new generation of steelworkers. I wish all the applicants the best of luck and would encourage other students to explore the fantastic opportunities we offer here at British Steel.”

The company is currently taking applications for engineering, technical and IT graduate roles as well as undergraduate and summer placements. A number of functional graduate opportunities and a range of different trainee schemes including work experience, apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships will also be available soon.

British Steel’s graduate recruitment team has been busy attending events at The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. They will also be looking to recruit when they visit Teesside University, The University of Lincoln and The University of Hull.

Since British Steel was launched in June, more than 270 people have joined the business including the 2016 graduate intake. This summer 16 graduates joined the company while a further 18 joined on placements. It is hoped many of the students on graduate placements will go on to join the company on a permanent basis.

Among the many graduates at British Steel is Nish Goel, a technical engineer who graduated from The University of Sheffield with an MEng in Chemical engineering with Energy.

He said: “British Steel offers excellent graduate opportunities. My degree enhanced my team working, problem solving, analytical and researching capabilities, which have all been very beneficial. My colleagues have been really good as they are always very supportive and easily approachable.”

Lucy Jones, who graduated from Loughborough University with a MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, is in her third year at British Steel where she is an energy specialist.

Explaining why she joined British Steel, Lucy said: “I knew they’d be able to offer me quite a wide variety of positions by speaking to family who work here. I’m on the implementation team for energy optimisation, so I’m facilitating projects that could save money within the company.”

For further details on British Steel’s graduate recruitment schemes and upcoming events, log on to our website www.britishsteel.co.uk/join-our-team/