18 youngsters began their steel industry training in South Yorkshire recently with a warm welcome from some of the 14 veterans who started their own steel careers on the same day 40 years ago.
The new apprentices at Liberty Speciality Steels are on a three-year learning journey towards becoming qualified technicians. They are among the latest intake of 31 young people – including 11 graduate trainees – who will join a new generation of workers for the steel sector at Liberty’s Rotherham and Stocksbridge works and related steel service centres in Bolton and Wednesbury.
John Littlewood, production manager at Liberty Speciality Steels, said: “We’ve seen a lot of changes in the industry over four decades and there are far fewer people working in steel now than when we joined, but there are still great careers for young people in the sector.”