British Steel Industrial Cadetship

During November, four Freebrough Academy students graduated as Industrial Cadets, Bronze Level, receiving their certificates at their graduation ceremony.

Sam, Regan, Serena, and Jack, who are Year 9 Freebrough Academy students, spent three whole days at Teesside’s British Steel site, gaining industry experience along with their accredited award.

Industrial Cadets connects schools and colleges with employers to run accredited experiences across the UK, enabling young people aged 9-21 to develop skills whilst gaining an insight into industry. British Steel are one of the participating companies providing young people with the new industry standard workplace experience and we are so delighted that the students had the opportunity to have an insight into such a well-known company.

With a minimum of 20 hours’ worth of experience at British Steel, the programme has given our students the opportunity to develop their employability skills, including problem solving skills amongst many others.

Mrs Dillon, Director of Post 16 @ Freebrough told us: “I had the pleasure of attending presentations by four of our Year 9 students to mark the end of their Industrial Cadetship with British Steel. They were absolutely amazing! They were in teams with people from other schools and completely out of their comfort zone but all were ace! They all spoke as part of their presentation and presented four times to parents and people from other schools, before receiving their certificates and badges. I am so proud of them!”

“Serena received a special recognition for her tidying up every week and the Head from Kirkleatham Hall School who were also taking part, came and spoke to me about how much Serena had supported one of their students.”

Sam provided his own account about what the cadetship involved:

Tuesday 31 October 2017

We travelled to the British Steel Teesside site, where we were introduced to Sahara, Helen and Rebecca. Placed into our groups we were all separated and had to wear the the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). After that Tony and Sam came to talk to us about the TBM (Teesside Beam Mill). After talking to us for five minutes we were allowed to walk up the beam mill. While walking up it the glowing red beams travelled past us. People in the group said that we didn’t have to go on holiday, just go there for a day! When we got back into the room we had to wear shoe socks, it’s like a little blue bag that goes around shoes. After dinner we were back in our groups and made towers out of K`Nex, my group won a bag of sweets.

Monday 06 November 2017

We travelled on the bus to the Transporter Bridge. Myself, Jack and Regan went up it while Serena stayed on the ground and watched us on the cameras. On the afternoon we built bridges out of spaghetti, mine didn’t win however it broke.

Monday 13 November 2017

It was the last day of the trip, we travelled to TAA and looked around the workshop that they use to train their students. After that visit we went back to British Steel. We were talking about communication and group skills. After that we started practicing our presentation. At 5.00 pm we started presenting our presentation to parents.

About British Steel

British Steel is a world leader in the production of long steel products – producing around three million tonnes of them every year. We have manufacturing facilities across the UK and France, supplying premium products around the world. We also have a global network of regional sales teams, so our global customers receive local service.

The new British Steel was created when Greybull Capital bought the Long Products Europe business of Tata Steel. It’s a new start for us and is based on 150 years of heritage. But we’re not stuck in the past, we’re looking to the future. We’re moving forwards with a more streamlined organisation, more efficient processes and a more responsive approach.

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