Steelworking apprentice has future after SSI closure

Callum Stewart with James McCullagh, Doornbos Workshop Manager
Callum Stewart with James McCullagh, Doornbos Workshop Manager

A former steelworking apprentice has found employment in Billingham.

Callum Stewart, 18, has joined Doornbos Equipment as an apprentice engineer, working towards his NVQ level 3. His new employment is supported through the £1.7 million Task Force Apprenticeship fund, created to encourage employers to take on one or more of the 50 ex-SSI Apprentices. The fund is being administered by Tees Valley Unlimited.

Callum said: “I am extremely grateful to Doornbos Equipment for taking me on as I was really worried about the future due to the closure of SSI.

“My apprenticeship with Doornbos Equipment is giving me a successful career with the company and I’m looking forward to becoming a fully qualified member of staff.”

Steve Buxton, Doornbos UK Manager said itg was vital to ensure a future generation of skilled workers to continue to meet the needs of customers.

Amanda Skelton, Chair of the SSI Task Force and Chief Executive of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council said: “All the SSI apprentices are now back in training or employment and I am pleased that Callum has been given this opportunity as a direct result of the Task Force funding.”

Doornbos Equipment specialises in the rental and sales of ultra high pressure water jetting and vacuum equipment.