CELSA Steel UK, the Cardiff-based manufacturer, has announced a significantly expanded apprenticeship programme to train up the next generation of high-skilled manufacturing workers, and offer exciting career paths to local young people.
The significantly expanded programme will start the training of 33 apprentices this year at the East Moors Road plant, providing a route into skilled manufacturing jobs as well as a new range of office-based apprenticeships, at a time when there is a nationwide shortage of workforce talent.
CELSA’s apprenticeship programme began in 2005 and has proved hugely successful over the past 15 years, with the company investing significantly into developing the skills, knowledge base and high-value career opportunities available within the Welsh industrial community it serves.
To date more than 20 apprentices have benefited from CELSA’s dedicated four-year training programme, with many graduating in more highly paid permanent positions in the company.
Apprenticeship opportunities have traditionally been offered in Production, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Welding and Fabrication, Machining, Roll Turning and Quality Control roles – providing the strong, home-grown manufacturing workforce that has enabled CELSA to succeed in the global market place.
The expanded programme will now include office-based roles with specialisms such as IT, Logistics, Human Resources, and Digital Marketing and Design before the end of 2018.
Talented young people interested in finding out more about joining the expanded apprenticeship programme are encouraged to contact Bob Fleck (Learning & Development Manager) at [email protected].
Luis Sanz, CEO and Managing Director of CELSA, said:
“CELSA Steel operates at the heart of Wales’ booming industrial heritage and we are proud of the key role that we play in our local community.
“The UK is the eighth largest manufacturing nation in the world, yet we have a national shortage of workers.
“By investing in the number and range of apprenticeship placements on offer, we are harnessing our power as a dynamic and successful Welsh business to expand the breadth of opportunities available to local young people at the company, whilst making sure we have the skilled workforce required to grow.
“In doing so, we are growing our well-established tradition of providing skilled, rewarding and secure jobs, and supporting not only our communities but the UK’s wider Industrial Strategy.”
Jordan O’Connell, an apprentice with CELSA Steel, said:
“What I love most about my apprenticeship at CELSA is that every day is different. The work is constantly challenging and rewarding, and I feel I am always expanding my skills and knowledge.
“The steel industry has been in the news a lot recently, but CELSA have shown me the success that a dynamic and committed employer can achieve in the global market place.
“The range of opportunities available following my apprenticeship makes CELSA a fantastic place to kick-start my career.”