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Liberty Steel launches 2020 apprenticeship programme

Liberty Steel Group is investing in the young engineers of the future with the announcement that its Speciality Steels business in South Yorkshire is hiring a new group of apprentices for the upcoming academic year.

Liberty is offering 20 level 3 and degree apprenticeships in a variety of engineering specialisms, covering electrical, mechanical and materials across its sites in Stocksbridge and Rotherham. A further 10 apprentices will be hired across Liberty Steel Group’s other UK businesses.

Liberty Steel has launched its apprenticeship programme that will see 30 apprentices recruited across the Group / Picture: Liberty Steel


Apprentices joining Speciality Steels will have the opportunity to learn and work in a business producing high grades of steel for demanding applications such as the aerospace, oil & gas, automotive and motorsport industries.

They will also have the chance to shape Liberty Steel Group’s transition to carbon-neutral status by 2030, as it aims to be the first global large-scale steel producer to achieve this ambitious goal. The Speciality Steels business in Rotherham is already ahead of the curve on reducing emissions as it uses an Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) to melt scrap steel and produce new steel products, bypassing the carbon emissions from blast furnace steel production.

Mick Hood, Liberty Steel Group’s UK HR director, said: “As someone who joined Speciality Steels as an apprentice over 40 years ago, I can testify to the positive impact the apprenticeship can have on a career in specialist engineering.

“This is a business steeped in rich local heritage but one that also has a global reach. Apprentices at Liberty are part of an operation involved in the production of steel for civil aircraft undercarriages that land somewhere in the world on average every three seconds.”

The closing deadline for applications is 30 April and further information can be found here.

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