16 August 2022
Corporate News

Every day is a school day at Shotton Steelworks


In its 125th year, Tata Steel apprentices at Shotton have been sharing with local youngsters the important role of steel in society, and the site’s local history.

When Bryn Deva Primary School in Connah’s Quay approached the company for support with their spring term steel topic, Shotton-based apprentices jumped at the chance to develop their skills and share their expertise and knowledge of the industry with local children. 

Apprentice Manager Paul Roberts said: “Given our links to the local community and how many of the pupils will have family members associated with the works, it was an obvious choice for the school to focus on the steel industry, and we were delighted to be able to help.” 

The apprentices hosted three separate visits to the Shotton steelworks as well as a classroom visit to judge the end-of-topic poster competition.  

Paul added: “In our 125th anniversary year our apprentices shared some of the history of the site and talked about our high-tech processes and world-class products we supply to projects around the world. They also talked to the pupils about how our steel products are helping to build a sustainable future. They were excellent ambassadors for the company and I’m incredibly proud of them all.” 

Speaking after one of the visits, teacher Shauna Matthias said: “It has exceeded our expectations – it’s been fantastic. The children loved it and were buzzing all day.  

“Our school vision is to develop the children’s hearts and minds, and coming to Tata Steel has certainly achieved this.” 
When asked about the visit, Year 5 pupil Kian said: “It’s the best trip I’ve ever been on!” 


A video from the day is available here


About Shotton

  • Shotton has recently announced a sustainability commitment and is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by 20% this year alone
  • Shotton is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year
  • Shotton sells around 500,000 tonnes a year of premium steel products
  • Shotton produces a wide range of galvanised and pre-finished (painted) products using steel coil supplied from the integrated steelmaking site at Port Talbot
  • The Colorcoat® lines at Shotton use 11 million litres of paint each year, enough to cover the walls of 650,000  living rooms

Shotton steel is all around us

  • All 87 floors of The Shard in London are made from steel galvanised at Shotton. The building contains nearly 1,000 tonnes of steel processed in Shotton.
  • IKEA uses bespoke colours on its retail stores, to match its corporate identity. Shotton has produced ‘Ikea Blue and Ikea Yellow’ for many of these stores
  • The replacement roof at Victoria Station in London featured double-sided Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra®
  • Shotton’s Colorcoat® painted steel products and cladding systems were used in both the roof and wall cladding at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium

Pupils from Bryn Deva School on their visit to Tata Steel’s Shotton steelworks with Josh Parry-Jones (apprentice, far left), Dave Compton( Safety), and back right Dave Woodley (Training) Nathan Woodley (Apprentice) and Paul Elliott.(Safety)


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For further information: Tim Rutter on +44 (0)7850 990755 or tim.rutter@tatasteeleurope.com

About Tata Steel UK

  • The Tata Steel Group has been named one of the most ethical companies in the world, and is among the top producing global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes. 
  • Tata Steel in the UK has the ambition to produce net-zero steel by 2050 at the latest, and to have reduced 30% of its CO2 emissions by 2030. 
  • Tata Steel is the largest steelmaker in the UK with primary steelmaking at Port Talbot in South Wales supporting manufacturing and distribution operations at sites across Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Norway, Sweden, France and Germany. It also benefits from a network of international sales offices around the world.
  • Tata Steel employs more than 8,000 people and has an annual crude steel capacity of 5 million tonnes, supplying high-quality steel products to demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. 
  • Tata Steel Group is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and a commercial presence across the world. 
  • The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $32.83 Bn in the financial year ending March 31, 2022.


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