Apprenticeship training within the steel industry
A Sheffield Forgemasters International case study

Page 1: Introduction

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Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd (SFIL) is a steel producer and engineering company. Based in South Yorkshire, the heartland of traditional steel production, the company has six subsidiaries, including operations in America and Europe. It is one of the biggest private sector employers in the area. The company manufactures bespoke heavy steel castings and forgings. SFIL specialises in...
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Page 2: Workforce planning

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Workforce planning is the process of establishing and meeting a company’s labour needs. It needs to take into account the skills as well as the overall number of employees required to conduct the business. It has to consider anticipated future demand as well as current needs. SFIL faces many of the same workforce planning issues as other businesses. It needs to provide staff development...
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Page 3: The importance of training

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Training is the process of acquiring knowledge and skills. It ensures that workers are better able to perform their jobs. The objectives of training include: increasing productivity by introducing more effective ways of working educating employees in the use of new equipment and new methods making employees more adaptable by providing them with the skills to carry out a variety of...
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Page 4: Training in action

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Apprenticeships are designed to provide the foundation for undertaking key roles within many of the company’s divisions. They equip successful school and college leavers with skilled trades. Dan, Kurt and Rebecca work in different parts of the business, but have all been shortlisted for the prestigious Cutlers Award. These awards encourage apprentices to expand their knowledge of industry...
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Page 5: The benefits of training

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As well as benefiting the apprentices, the apprenticeship programme generates clear business benefits. As well as addressing serious skills challenges, it also helps to: increase productivity reduce staff turnover create loyal employees produce efficiency gains. By increasing the skills and knowledge base of apprentices, SFIL is able to handle increasingly complex projects, resulting in stronger...
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Page 6: Conclusion

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Sheffield Forgemasters seeks a competitive advantage through being the best and through innovation to improve its products and processes. The development of its apprentices is an important means of achieving these goals. Through the scheme, it is able to develop people who will form the backbone of the company in the future. They are being equipped with required skills, as identified during...
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