Forgemasters launches apprentice search

Sheffield Forgemasters is to recruit 14 new apprentices in early 2017 as it looks to invest in the next generations of employees.

The manufacturing giant, which produces castings and forgings for suppliers to the engineering, nuclear, and process industries, has launched its search for suitable candidates to start in the first quarter of next year.

Its four-year apprenticeship programme has earned plaudits from education, training and sector experts and sees the company commit to a £1m training framework for its specialist staff.

Graham Honeyman, chief executive of Sheffield Forgemasters, said: “In these somewhat uncertain and challenging times for the sector, this is a very encouraging and positive announcement, both for our business and the steel, manufacturing and engineering sectors as a whole

“The introduction of an Apprentice Levy in April 2017 will not affect our policy on recruiting and training apprentices, which we see as vital to the future of this business.

“We offer our apprentices a great opportunity to pursue rewarding careers with a forward thinking company that they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to embrace.”

Apprentice vacancies will come from across the departments at the 64-acre site.

The company has recruited 103 apprentices since 2007 with the scheme boasting a 92 per cent retention rate. Every apprentice that has graduated has been offered a full time permanent job.

Source: Laurence Kilgannon, Insider Media, 20th December 2016

Youngsters improve their job prospects by attending Get up to Speed

For many young people attending Get up to Speed with Engineering and Manufacturing (GUTS) literally changed their lives. Now in its 7th year GUTS is the largest event in the region showcasing careers in engineering, manufacturing and technology in a fun and interactive way. A range of the region’s top companies in the sector are there looking for future talent.

Many companies have identified and recruited such talent from those young people who have attended GUTS.

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One of 2016’s sponsors AESSEAL plc in Rotherham did just that when they met Kate Richardson, 29, from Doncaster who is now a Test House Engineer.  She came to Get up to Speed four years ago where she was introduced to AESSEAL.  She undertook a machining based apprenticeship before moving into a more commercial role. Four years ago, Kate left Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Art, but had an interest in metal work and fabrication. She had grown up on a farm but wanted something more hands on and practical. She attended GUTS and spoke to Richard Cook, AESSEAL’s then Production and Personnel Director, and began her apprenticeship with a mixture of work in the workshop and commercial sales office.  As a Test House Engineer Kate who is now involved in product development and handling customer orders.

Callum Tingle, 18, is a former pupil of St Bernard’s Catholic High School in Rotherham.  Now working in the Quality department, he started in the Commercial department but developed a preference for quality. He came to GUTS in 2014 and arranged work experience with Richard Cook of Castings Technology International in Rotherham after showing him his portfolio of work. In August after finishing school he joined Castings Technology International as an apprentice. As part of his apprenticeship he did one day in sales, two days in quality, one day in the laboratory and one day in college (AMRC Training Centre, partnered with Barnsley College). Having started in the commercial department in August 2014, Callum discovered an interest in the Quality department, and moved across full time into Quality in January along with receiving a promotion. Callum completed this year a BTEC level 3 diploma in Manufacturing and Engineering. He has carried out a work based project on research and testing for six months looking at process improvement within the business.

GUTS is free to attend for young people (primary through to university), families, teachers and members of the public. Next year’s event takes place on Wednesday 26th April 2017 at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, the doors open between 10 am to 6 pm, and people can simply come along and register on the day. More details can be found at

Get up to Speed is now calling for companies to get involved with exhibition stands and sponsorship opportunities available, to find out more and discuss how you can get involved in the largest careers showcase in the Sheffield City Region, contact John Barber on john@work– or call John on 07500 331400.

In 2016 in addition to the Bloodhound Supersonic Car other attractions included Rolls Royce aircraft engines, a whole range of motor vehicles from alternative powered vehicles (Electric BMWi 8, Tesla and ITM Power hydrogen powered vehicles) to Rally and Formula Racing cars (some built by students), a range of hands on simulators, virtual reality experiences, including welding, giant digital Scalextric track (10 X 10 metres), and the fastest blind driver in the world. In addition over 60 companies and training organisations/colleges/universities were present with their apprentices and graduates to give a real feel to jobs and careers in the industry. Oh and there was also a Dalek and free Our Cow Molly Ice Cream!


More Information Contact: John Barber Mobile 07500 331400

A range of images from previous GUTS events can be found here 

University set to create more than a thousand new degree apprenticeships

Sheffield Hallam University is set to create more than 1,200 pioneering new degree-level apprenticeships including unique programmes in health and engineering after securing Government funding.

The University will create places for 1,270 new apprentices over three years in areas of regional priority including physiotherapy and paramedic practice as well as digital and quantity surveying.

Sheffield Hallam will receive more than £500,000 following a successful bid to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The new degree apprenticeships will begin from September 2017 and will build on the current provision already offered by the University.

Sheffield Hallam is also involved in a second successful bid with the University of Sheffield to create a bespoke engineering programme for 90 apprentic       Designed by employers, universities and professional bodies, degree apprenticeships deliver high-tech and high level skills and offer an alternative to a traditional degree course. Bringing together university study with paid work, degree apprentices spend part of their time at university and part with their employer.

Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Husbands, said: “Universities have a key role to play in driving innovation, economic growth and creating jobs.

“Sheffield Hallam has been a trailblazer in offering higher and degree apprenticeships in collaboration with key industry partners including Nestle and JCB.

“I am delighted the University has been awarded this funding to help us further develop our degree apprenticeship provision and help meet the skills requirements of our regional economy.

“We will work closely with HEFCE and industry partners to respond to this challenge to develop the very highest quality apprenticeships which allow talented young people to take this pioneering route, fully funded by industry.”

The partnership bid with the University of Sheffield is the first cross-city university collaboration in engineering and will use the strengths of both universities to extend the engineering apprenticeship offer in the city in line with industry needs.

The project will use the expertise of the Sheffield Hallam University’s multi-disciplinary Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “Filling the skills gap in engineering is a crucial issue for the UK’s economy. Universities have an important part to play in developing this workforce that will play a key element in driving economic growth.
“I am delighted that the University of Sheffield is able to work with HEFCE and Sheffield Hallam University to develop this innovative new degree-level apprenticeship programme that will provide young people with an alternative route to higher education through the highest quality vocational qualifications.

“It is crucial for both young people and for the country that we have diverse opportunities of the very highest quality, endorsed by employers and leading if a student wishes to other opportunities in both education and their careers.

“The fact that a University has a global reputation for the quality of its research and traditional teaching is in no way in contradiction with offering technical opportunities to able young people. This is an area where The University of Sheffield has been pioneering amongst research-led institutions and we are delighted to continue our commitment to genuine access of the highest quality.”

A third successful bid will see academics from Sheffield Hallam’s National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering team up with the University of Lincoln and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink on a food engineering degree apprenticeship.

Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said: “Apprenticeships work, that’s why we’ve launched degree apprenticeships that give people a real chance to earn while you learn putting you on the fast-track to a top career.

“This multi-million pound fund will allow universities and colleges to work with top employers to design high quality degree apprenticeships that give people a ladder of opportunity, more choice and help shape Britain to become an apprentice nation.”

Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of SCR Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The key to the Sheffield City Region’s transformation is its people. Businesses are benefiting from skilled apprentices and it is crucial for the region to be able to attract, develop and retain the very best talent in order for local economy to thrive.

“Our work supports all ages and skill levels to provide a strong, regional employee pool for any business. Sheffield Hallam University plays a significant role in this process as it creates hundreds of new places for apprentices in the innovative sectors of our Region’s economy on an annual basis.

“At Sheffield City Region we always keep our promises – we will work hard to establish further partnerships between businesses and education providers in order to create new opportunities for students, as we aim to build a truly competitive centre of business excellence.”

Sheffield Hallam plays an important role in the region, supplying a skilled workforce for important professions adding an annual £424m to the Sheffield City Region economy.

More than 18,000 students from the local region have studied at the University over the last five years –almost 3,000 training as nurses and midwives, over 2,500 training as teachers and nearly 1,500 training in creative and digital skills.

For more information about our role in the city region, visit our new online tool

For press information: Joanne Beattie in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2811 or email

Notes to Editor

The Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund was established by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and continued by the Department for Education. More information is available here

‘In addition to these projects, HEFCE provided £178,000 to enable cross-cutting work by the University Vocational Awards Council, Universities UK and the Association of Graduate Recruiters, which will support take-up sector-wide.

Latest provisional figures showing the number of apprenticeship starts and participation in apprenticeships are available here: