We have a requirement of an IT Apprentice to join the business to support and enhance the operation of Liberty Steel across sites in South Yorkshire.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The current rates for our engineering apprenticeships are: Year 1 - £12,148 - Year 2 - £16,323 (aged 21 + will receive 3rd year rate) - Year 3 - £TBC

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday - with times to be agreed.

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The IT department of Speciality Steels consists of an experienced team of Support Engineers, Infrastructure Engineers, Business Analysts and Software Engineers that support, provide and maintain IT hardware, software, infrastructure and bespoke systems to support and enhance the operations of the business.

The department supports all aspects of the business, from end IT users and Plant IT to supporting a wide range of applications that help our colleagues develop stronger relationships with our customers to computer systems that coordinate the manufacturing and technical operations of steelmaking.

You will be part of a close-knit and enthusiastic team of IT professional’s part of a leading company within an exciting and rapidly advancing industry. You will need some basic IT knowledge paired with the willingness to learn on the job whilst studying. In your role you will support and enhance our existing IT environment across the business, from end user experience to manufacturing IT.


  • Learning, Innovation and Excellence
  • Relishes learning from experience and the thirst for knowledge
  • Applies learning in creative ways to add value for Liberty Speciality Steels
  • Inspires others towards a culture of innovation and excellence
  • Imports ideas and best practice from outside the organisation

Problem Solving and Decision Making:

  • Defines problems
  • Systematically gathers and analyses data
  • Identifies cause and effects and establishes root causes and achievable solutions
  • Makes good and timely decisions

Interpersonal Effectiveness:

  • Flexible use of accomplished interpersonal behaviours which facilitate in building trust and engagement amongst others whilst reducing the opportunity for conflict
  • Willing and able to handle difficult conversations in a positive manner
  • Drives accountability by creating a sense of individual ownership and personal responsibility

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Work closely with colleagues from all areas of the business to understand their IT problems, needs and requirements
  • Frontline Telephone IT Helpdesk Hardware and Software Support
  • Hardware deployment and collection
  • Software Installation
  • Update IT Helpdesk and Request systems
  • Escalate more complex issues to the relevant person
  • Support users in the use of computer equipment by providing necessary training and advice
  • IT Documentation and Asset System

The training you will be getting

ICT Technicuan Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard.

Day release at Sheffield College City Campus, Granville Road, Sheffield, S2 2RL.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

All apprenticeships are a three year fixed contract, which is sufficient time to complete your programme before being considered for a suitable substantive position.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 4/C and above) Essential

Things to consider

Benefits include: • 35 days holiday per year running April to March (pro rata for those starting in September) • Up to a combined 16% pension contribution • Access to Free Parking • Retail Discount Scheme • Career Development and Training • Employee Assistance Programme • Excellent opportunity to join a friendly and supportive team in a rapidly expanding company with exciting development opportunities

About the employer

LIBERTY Steel UK is the third largest steel manufacturer in the country, with a footprint that covers nine sites across England, Scotland and Wales. It employs over 2,000 people and has an annual steel rolling capacity approaching three million tonnes. With steelmaking heritage dating back to 1842, LIBERTY Steel’s sites in the UK have a wealth of expertise thanks to our team of metallurgists, steelmakers, engineers and technicians. Our capabilities range from electric arc, vacuum induction melting, mill processing and value added services. The business manufactures and distributes products supplied mainly into the aerospace, construction, automotive, oil and gas and energy industries domestically and overseas to over 60 countries. The UK business sits within LIBERTY Steel Group, which is the GFG Alliance’s global steel manufacturing arm. With a total rolling capacity exceeding 18 million tonnes it is one of the top 10 producers globally, excluding China. Liberty Steel UK is playing an active role in meeting the group’s global ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030. Its Speciality Steels business in Rotherham uses an electric arc furnace – a less carbon-intensive form of producing steel than blast furnace production – to melt scrap steel for rolling into downstream products for a range of high-specification industries including oil & gas and aerospace. The UK business also has plans to create a GREENSTEEL hub at its Newport site using renewable energy from sister company SIMEC Atlantis’ Uskmouth biomass plant to power a new electric arc furnace.


Liberty Steels UK


7 Fox Valley Way



S36 2JA

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Stewart Parsisson


Apprenticeship standard

Information communications technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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