Tata Steel apprentices say placements are 'the best training you can get'
Apprentices at Scunthorpe's Tata Steel Works have emphasised the importance of creating placements.
One of the major aims of our Your Life, Your Future campaign is to create more training and job opportunities through apprenticeships.
Tata Steel has taken on 66 apprentices onto their scheme this year thanks in part to financial backing from the state-run regional growth programme.
Among the first starters is Jessica Minnis, 17, of Scunthorpe, who has set her sights on becoming a laboratory technician with Tata Steel.
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She said: "The apprentice scheme is very interesting and I have learnt a lot already.
"We cover a lot of different areas and have both practical and classroom-based learning.
"I like being an apprentice and feel part of the team.
"I think it is a good thing for other companies to take on apprentices as it is the best training you can get. It is a lot better than going to college."
First year apprentice Elliott Bench, 19, also agreed that apprenticeships were a great way of getting training.
He said: "The scheme is great because it really gives you the knowledge for a future.
"I like the mixture of classroom and practical training. I think the apprentice scheme is a good thing because it brings fresh minds to Tata Steel."
Josh Burns, 20, is also on the apprenticeship programme and would recommend it for other business to try.
He said: "The Tata Steel apprentice scheme is a high standard and I know a lot more than somebody who just does a college course. It has made me more motivated and proves that I want to work at the steel works long term."
Karl Fenney, technical training delivery manager at Tata Steel said: "Fewer companies are taking on apprentices but we think it is a major part of sustaining a great work force.
"Tata feels it is going to be here for the next decade and beyond so we need new people to help us grown.
"There is currently a skills gap that these apprentices will fill. We see it as bringing fresh ideas and faces into the organisation.
"Tata Steel is committed to investing in the long-term sustainability of the business and for that we need to train the next generation of engineers and technicians."