Materials Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Liberty Steels UK

The Technical function conducts metallurgical investigations to support two primary goals. Firstly the development of new products and new business to ensure Liberty Speciality Steels has a sustainable future; and secondly identifying metallurgical improvements to reduce cost, improve product quality and enhance customer service.

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Closing date: 30 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary progression: • Year 1 - £12,148 • Year 2 - £16,323 • Year 3 - £21,714 • Up to a combined 16% pension contribution • Retain discount scheme

  • Working week

    Liberty Steels operates over 24hrs and seven days a week. Applicants should be prepared to work shifts which can include weekend working. Shift allowances are paid on top of basic salaries.

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Liberty Speciality Steels produces a wide range of carbon, alloy and stainless steels for applications in the aerospace, oil & gas, industrial bearings, automotive and other high integrity engineering markets. Technical activities include:

  • Interpreting customer and end user requirements
  • Technical commissioning of new equipment
  • Revising manufacturing processes
  • Conducting capability reviews

All in the pursuit of manufacturing high quality products.

Technical excellence is at the heart of everything we do, underpinning areas including customer service, production, quality assurance, laboratory management, non-destructive testing and order recruitment. 

Metallurgical knowledge is acquired through on-the-job training. Technical roles are broadly categorised as product development, process development and research. Some roles are generalist and others specialist in nature. Whichever remit you favour you will find yourself working alongside Technical, Commercial, Supply Chain and Production colleagues.

The training you will be getting

  • The degree award is BEng (Hons) Materials Technology
  • You will attend Sheffield Hallam University on a series of short study blocks

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Excellent opportunity to join a friendly and supportive team in a rapidly expanding company with exciting development opportunities.
  • As well as academic study you will get a variety of hands on training opportunities in the workplace, which will support your End Point Assessment which is required as part of this apprenticeship. This programme is an ideal blend of classroom and ‘on-the- job’ experience.
  • At the end of your programme you will be ready for a permanent job within the organisation.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


A Level or equivalent Maths, Science or Engineering (Grade BBC / Distinction Merit Merit) Essential

Things to consider

Your Degree Apprenticeship will be based between our Rotherham and Stocksbridge sites where you will be placed in Technical attachment areas. It will also require you to travel to Sheffield Hallam University during term time in order to study a degree in Material Engineering.

About the employer

LIBERTY is a global steel and mining business with a rolling capacity of over 20 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), a liquid steel capacity of over 14mtpa and has around 30,000 employees and contractors based in more than 200 locations worldwide. The company has an integrated business model and production ranges from liquid steel, made from raw and recycled materials, through to high value, precision engineered steels. LIBERTY’s products are used in a range of important industrial sectors including construction, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, rail and infrastructure. Its steels are manufactured in a variety of grades and specifications to comply with national and international quality certifications – and to meet stringent customer specifications. Founded in 1992 by Executive Chairman and CEO, Sanjeev Gupta, LIBERTY was a commodity trading house before moving into manufacturing in 2015 with the restructuring and reopening of a steel mill in Newport, Wales (UK). Today, LIBERTY’s commodities team source raw materials, market production output and maximise the value of its businesses. Since 2015, LIBERTY has embarked on a series of acquisitions and development programmes that have transformed the business and created a global force in steel. LIBERTY is now the 8th largest steel manufacturer globally (excluding China).


Liberty Steels UK


7 Fox Valley Way



S36 2JA

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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


Apprenticeship standard

Materials science technologist (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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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