Careers at Tata Steel represent an exciting opportunity to be part of a world-class, global business. You’ll discover an organisation with the ambition and resources, backed up by the commitment to training and professional development, to help you realise your full potential. Our working culture thrives on innovation, encourages people to take responsibility, and recognises and rewards talent. You can expect to be challenged every day, but you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts who can help you achieve and exceed your own ambitions. Be part of our team and make the difference.
Our sites are spread throughout the UK and as well as being part of a global network they are also an integral part of their local landscapes and communities. Steelmaking has been part of the UK’s economic landscape and its heritage for generations and many of our sites are at the heart of the community in which they are located. When considering your next career move it’s important that you make the right life choice as well as the right professional move.
We offer a comprehensive and competitive set of benefits at all levels, including a pension, 35 days’ holiday and private medical insurance. It’s a package designed to reward you for your commitment and contribution to our business and is intended to be the foundation for you to develop your career and expertise with Tata Steel.
School leaver opportunities
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An apprenticeship at Tata Steel is the first step of a rewarding career.
We offer a diverse range of professional opportunities across our UK sites, so wherever your career ambitions lie, Tata Steel could be the ideal place for your talent.
Schemes at our sites
Electrical Engineering Apprenticeships
Tata Steel has some of the most advanced electrical control and automation systems in the country, which enables us to develop the very highest quality of precision products. In fact, we are one of the UK’s largest consumers of electricity. Whether your interests lie in power distribution, drives or process control and automation systems, Tata Steel has a challenging and rewarding role for you.
Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeships
The role of mechanical craftsperson can vary greatly, depending on the plant and location of your department. Daily activities range from planned and preventative maintenance to fault finding and problem solving when things go wrong, ensuring the plant and its manufacturing units perform to their maximum. Structured training will enable you to work on a large variety of mechanical equipment from large cranes, heavy machinery (e.g. gearboxes, pumps, bearings), to complex hydraulic equipment or machining components in our Engineering workshops. A mechanical craftsperson needs to be flexible, knowledgeable and highly motivated.
Toolmaker Engineering Apprenticeship
As a Toolmaker Engineering Apprentice you will provide expertise in toolmaking to assist in fault analysis, thereby reducing downtime and providing practical cost effective solutions. You will react to engineering, quality and safety issues as they arise and utilise your knowledge, experience and skill to initiate corrective actions. You will work to high standards in supporting Catnic and the engineering departmental objectives and actively contribute to all team activities aimed at improving plant performance.
You will work with the Toolroom supervisor with a view to minimising unplanned downtime, ensuring appropriate levels of spares are made ready for use on all machines.
A Toolmaker craftsperson needs to be flexible, knowledgable and highly motivated.
The Technical team in Tata Steel look after the development of new products and ensure the quality of our manufacturing processes. It’s a varied and diverse function with responsibilities ranging from chemical and metallurgical testing in laboratories to providing technical expertise to our wide range of customers in the automotive, construction and domestic appliance industries.
The people in our Technical teams are analytical, rational thinkers who bring excellent attention to detail to their work. To join us, you need to be self-motivated and persuasive, and keen to be part of a high performing team.
We work across every area of our sites and deal with our colleagues across the organisation, so no two working days are the same. We are committed to the development of our people and encourage our Apprentices and Higher Apprentices to progress with their studies so that they continue to develop a career within Tata Steel.
Material Science Higher Apprenticeships
Our Material Science Higher Apprentice programme is ideal for those who want to continue to learn, while gaining on the job, hands on experience in a post A Level (or equivalent) environment.
Our Material Science apprentices will work within our Technical function, which ensures that our products meet and exceed our customers’ exacting needs, both now and in the future. The roles are varied but the challenge is always the same: to develop and improve every grade of steel, so that it’s ready to meet the challenges of every possible application, from electrical use to aerospace and beyond. Technical excellence is at the heart of everything we do, underpinning areas including quality assurance, laboratory management, non-destructive testing, metallurgical investigations and supply chain. Whilst there’s plenty of scope for independent working, you could just as easily find yourself in a customer-facing role, working alongside Commercial and Supply chain colleagues, liaising with Research & Development, or collaborating with our Operational teams.
A Manufacturing Apprenticeship with Tata Steel offers exciting training in varied environments and locations. From making Iron & Steel in our Blast Furnaces and Basic Oxygen Steelmaking Plants, to Rolling Metal in our Hot and Cold Mills. You will work within a team using the appropriate processes, technical and engineering skills to safely manufacture products whilst maintaining the highest quality and meeting our customers’ needs.
With hard work and dedication, successful candidates will become fully functioning Team Members over the two-year period and be able to perform a range of Manufacturing duties. Beyond this milestone, candidates with the aspiration and potential can continue their development and become our Senior Operators or Team Leaders of the future.
In a complex, commercial and global business such as ours, a world class Finance function is pivotal to success. Our Finance Business Partners are at the heart of strategic and operational decision-making and work across the Tata Group. Our Centralised Accounting and Transactional Operations teams provide consistently high quality, efficient services with a strong emphasis on continuous improvement.
And our in-house experts in the fields of Business Reporting & Planning, Reporting & Group Control, Taxation, Internal Audit, Treasury and Mergers & Acquisitions provide cutting edge specialist advice wherever it is required.
As part of the Tata Steel Europe Finance Apprentice Scheme you will have a unique opportunity to gain a broad experience across the diverse areas of the Finance function. Your time on the Apprentice Scheme will be spent in Port Talbot where the Finance Headquarters of Tata Steel Europe is located.
Commercial/Customer Services Apprenticeships
At Tata Steel our customers are at the heart of everything that we do. Keeping our customers happy requires dedicated and highly trained staff to deliver a world-class service and maintain a competitive advantage.
As a Customer Services Apprentice you will use data and information about customer orders to maximise customer satisfaction.
During the training programme apprentices will learn about the processes and roles within our Customer Services department. You will be given a strong overview of the business products, procedures and services.
Supply Chain Management
As a Supply Chain Management Apprentice you will use data and information about out supply chain to maximise delivery performance and positively impact uopn customer satisfaction. You will be required to fully immerse yourself in the Supply Chain ways of working at Tata Steel.
During the training programme, apprentices will learn about the processes and roles within the Supply Chain department. You will be given a strong overview of the buisness products, procedures and services that we provide.
The supply chain management apprenticeship will be based at both Port Talbot and Llanwern in Newport. Travel will be required between both sites.
Manufacturing and Manufacturing Engineering Programme Summary
For the first three and a half years apprentices are employed by TTE Training Ltd in Ellesmere Port. TTE is a leading training provider that offers training on behalf of a range of companies in the chemical, petrochemical, process, power, paper, pharmaceutical, nuclear and oil and gas industries throughout the North West. If you complete this initial stage of training successfully you will then be offered a one year fixed term contract with Tata Steel, with the aim of progressing into a permanent role after that. TTE provide a three and a half year multi skilled apprenticeship which is a work based training programme where you gain both practical experience at the TTE training centre and on site here at Tata Steel Colors in Shotton. During this time you will have the opportunity to study for nationally recognised qualifications.
The Engineering apprenticeship scheme at Corby is an in-depth programme providing you with the skills and expertise required to become an electrical or mechanical engineer.
Customer Services Apprenticeships
Tata Steel requires dedicated and highly trained staff to deliver a world class service to its customers and to maintain its competitive advantage through cutting edge research. The Customer Service Apprenticeship Roles support the customer services department with all aspects of administration regarding compliance. These roles will provide and validate data and information about all customer orders to maximise customer satisfaction.
The Commercial Apprentice roles will spend time in the different teams within Distribution based at Steelpark. They will learn about a range of operational areas to gain a full overview of processes within the business. The main part of the apprenticeship will be spent in the Sales and Customer Services teams to help them develop the required knowledge and skills to deal with customer enquiries and support the Sales team.
The Manufacturing Apprentices will undertake a range of duties to support the Manufacturing Operations. They will work within the different operating businesses to learn all about the varied processes within Steelpark. Working within the manufacturing teams to support the delivery of team objectives, the apprentices will also contribute to continuous improvement initiatives.
Salary & benefits
Apprentice & Higher Apprentice salaries ranging from £11,283 - £24,00. Please see the website and individual roles for more information.
Requirements are role dependant, see roles or visit website for more information.
Stage 1 - Application Form
You must apply online for all vacancies.
You can complete your application during one session, or you can log in and out of your account at your convenience and complete the forms in stages if you wish. Please ensure that you press APPLY before the closing date.
Important Hints and Tips
Please complete all parts of the application form.
Don’t forget the quality of your application is the first impression the company will have of you, therefore, before you submit your application please ensure the following:
• All sections are completed thoroughly and accurately.
• Spelling and grammar is correct.
• All sections of the supporting information section are completed.
• All personal details such as mobile telephone numbers, landlines and addresses are completed thoroughly and accurately.
Throughout the selection process we will contact you via the email address that you register with. Please ensure that the email address supplied is accurate.
Short-listing will be conducted via the following criteria:
• The strength and quality of responses given in the supporting evidence section of the application form.
• The strength and quality of responses given in the work experience section of the application form.
• You have obtained the minimum entry qualification requirements.
• Following the Application Deadline, candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application within 2 weeks.
Stage 2 – Online Aptitude Tests
Should you be successful following the short-listing of the application forms, you will be invited via email to complete a series of online general aptitude tests.
These tests will be used to assess you in the following areas: Verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and spatial awareness tests based on the apprenticeship you have chosen.
Once we have reviewed all the test scores, should you meet our criteria you will be invited to the next stage of our selection process.
Should you be successful and invited to undertake the aptitude tests it is essential that you complete these tests within the given timescale.
Following completion of online tests, candidates will be informed of the outcome within two weeks.
Stage 3 – Interview
Should you be successful at the general aptitude test stage, you will be invited to attend an interview at one of our sites.
This interview will be a Competency Based and Function Specific Interview.
You will receive an email with the time and date of your interview.
Alternative arrangements will only be made in extenuating circumstances.
It is essential that you bring with you the following documents:
• Certificate as proof of exam results completed as claimed on your application form (if already achieved).
• Should you be awaiting your exam results, a certificate as proof will be required at that time.
• Proof of eligibility to work in the UK, in the form of a Valid Passport, or Birth Certificate and National Insurance Card
Following attendance at interview, candidates will be informed of our decision within two weeks.