Tata Steel Port Talbot plays a central role in the local economy and is a major employer in the area. The plant manufactures a diverse range of steel products which are exported to a range of overseas markets, as well as underpinning UK manufacturing industry. Tata Steel believes apprentices contribute in making the business more productive and efficient. A significant number of young, motivated and enthusiastic individuals have been recruited into the business via the apprenticeship programme, seeking hands-on industrial experience.
These apprentices learn from a carefully developed and specialised Tata Steel training programme provided by experienced Tata Steel staff, and complemented by Swansea University accredited courses through Project METaL. Project METaL is a work based learning program funded by WEFO-ESF, the project provides scientific and technical courses at Level 4 and above, in compliance with the Credit and Qualification Framework for Wales (CQFW). The METaL courses are directly relevant to both the individuals and to the industry, providing a positive learning experience for the employee and a beneficial outcome for the employer. In addition, METaL courses can be used by the apprentices as the gateway to gaining further qualifications.
Huw Mathias, Training Delivery Manager quoted the following
"In addition to our Apprentices & Higher Apprentices gaining the skills and qualifications needed to become competent in their chosen Engineering, Manufacturing & Technical roles, it also important that they understand the steel making process in which they work and this is achieved through their work placements but underpinned through the METaL programme."