The Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards 2019

The Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards 2019 took place on Thursday 7 March at the Hilton Leeds Hotel, where Severfield proudly accepted the ‘Manufacturing Apprenticeship/Training Scheme’ award.

In 2017/18 our Dalton factory near Thirsk in North Yorkshire recruited 33 trainees who were each welcomed into the company with no prior experience, this comprised of:

  • 11 Trainee Welders
  • 5 Trainee Painters
  • 12 Trainee Loaders
  • 5 Trainee Machine Operators

These employees were then provided with training facilities and in-house training to become fully-trained and fully-competent permanent employees.

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The Company introduced the training scheme to enable inexperienced individuals the opportunity to start a career within the manufacturing/steel industry, receiving on-the-job training. The ages of the new recruits ranged from 18 to 50 – with almost 19% of them being female. Their progress has been formally reviewed every 4 weeks, with each trainee receiving their own tailored training plan.

From recruiting people based on their attitude and willingness to learn, it has not only given opportunities to those who previously might not have had them, but it has also given Severfield a new intake of determined, conscientious and talented colleagues.

The Insider Made in Yorkshire award for ‘Manufacturing Apprenticeship/Training Scheme’ was presented to Severfield by Martin Booth, Managing Director of Witt UK Group (pictured below with Severfield left to right: Emma Wood, Darren Cowton, Wayne Barron and Antek Sikorski).

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Speaking about the training scheme, Stacey Chalmers, Trainee Painter: “I’d done a variety of different jobs since leaving school. Before coming to Severfield I’d been building water softeners but it wasn’t the job for me and I wasn’t happy. I wanted something better. I wanted a career that I could be proud of, so when my friend’s cousin told me that Severfield was advertising for trainees I jumped at the chance and sent my CV in straight away.

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Stacey Chalmers, Trainee Painter

“I had an interview and was considered for both the Trainee Welder and Trainee Painter roles but accepted the painting role.  At first, we had lots of training in health and safety, manual handling and cranes, but then it was straight out onto the line.  I was paired up with another trainee. The training was very hands-on but I just got on with it.  My mentors have been great.  They’ve really brought me on board.  At first my technique was all wrong, but asking questions is the only way to learn and I’ve had loads of support.  I’ve been here nearly 12 months now and it’s flown by.  It’s the nicest place I’ve ever worked because everyone is really friendly and goes out of their way to help you.  It’s the best job I’ve ever had and I’d like to progress my career here.”


The Company was also shortlisted for two further Made in Yorkshire awards; Manufacturer of The Year (over £25m) and Apprentice of The Year.