Manufacturing profile: Carl Harris

24-7 production started at our Special Profiles mill in Skinningrove in April 2021, allowing us to increase production following a rise in demand for our profiles. Manufacturing Operator Carl Harris is one of the 50 new employees who joined the Skinningrove team, find out how he is finding his new role so far...

Why did you choose to join British Steel?

For as long as I can remember, back to being a young boy, I've always wanted to work for British Steel. My father worked on the site many years ago, so I think I just wanted to follow in his footsteps.

What was your previous experience before joining British Steel?

While working for my previous employer, I completed an apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering and was awarded a BTEC qualification and an NVQ Level 3. In addition to these qualifications, I'm also Level 2 qualified in Welding Fabrication. In the past, I worked for AV Dawson on the Skinningrove site as an industrial cleaner and this gave me a great insight into the Skinningrove operations, the products produced here, the site layout and the kind of company British Steel is.

What are you enjoying about working with us so far?

Since I joined the company, I'm really proud that the skills I have brought to my role are recognised by the company as an asset. My new role has given me the opportunity to learn some new skills as well, which I am really enjoying. There are lots of people like me who are new to the business so it's been great to join the team at such an exciting time for the business.

The established team here have lots of knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for the industry and delivering high-quality products to our customers so I'm looking forward to learning from them too.

What does your day-to-day role involve?

I work in the Guide Shop at Skinningrove and my role involves repairing the guides / cramp bars for the mill and ensuring all the correct guide equipment is available to ensure the Operations team can produce the highest standard of steel products possible.

What are you most excited about in your future career with British Steel?

I'm most excited about the journey I can take as I progress my career. I am looking forward to learning more about the operations on site at Skinningrove and how I can use my skills to ensure that our production runs efficiently and our customers get the high-quality products they have come to expect from us.

I am hoping to take advantage of all the opportunities working at a company like British Steel, with its range of different roles, can offer and some day become part of the management team.