26 August 2022
Corporate News

The future belongs to the young

2021 apprentices team building day

More than 130 apprentices are to join Tata Steel’s award-winning scheme next week. 

The apprenticeships cover a range of disciplines from Electrical and Mechanical Engineering to Technical, Supply Chain and functions. 

Chief HR Officer Chris Jaques said: “We’re incredibly proud of our apprenticeship scheme, not only for the independent recognition it regularly receives, but also because it is a breeding ground for our future leaders. 

“Apprenticeships are a fantastic route into our business, and we have found that the combination of academic study and hands-on experience supported by our own expert mentors, prepares these future leaders brilliantly for their careers ahead. 

“The fact that 74% of our apprentices are still working with us five years after completing their course (compared to a national average of 50%) also shows we have career pathways that are working really well. 

Chris added: “It was one of the Tata Group’s founding fathers, JRD Tata, who said: ‘The future belongs to the young’ and it’s key that we encourage, develop and challenge employees early in their careers by trusting them with responsibility. Our apprenticeship programmes provide an excellent foundation for this. 

The annual induction for Tata Steel’s UK apprentice intake includes a teambuilding day run by famous Cave Rescuer, Steffan Davies from Hawk Associates. He said: “This is one of my favourite days of the year. To see so many youngsters taking their first confident steps into such an iconic industry is really inspiring. I’m also always super-impressed with the way in which Tata Steel empowers these youngsters with trust and responsibility so early in their careers but combined with the support of its experienced mentors.”

2021 app intake



In May 2021, two of Tata steel’s apprentices were recognized at the Laboratory Technician World Skills Awards. Gold was won by Joel Farrant and Silver by Luke Ball.

Breakdown of locations of 2022 apprentice intake:




Port Talbot 










Steel Park  





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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