Manufacturing trainee: Oliver Hill

Oliver Hill joined our team as a manufacturing trainee in June 2018, bringing over 9 years’ experience to his current role.

What was your previous experience before joining British Steel?

Following secondary education, I attended North Lindsey College to study Plumbing and Heating. I completed my course after 2 years and proceeded as a qualified plumber on the Scunthorpe steelworks for a family-run business, maintaining and installing emergency showers, water mains, rest rooms etc.

A couple of years later, I was given the opportunity to work on the steelworks for Harsco, driving heavy machinery and serving BOS and the surrounding plants. I progressed to Shift Team Leader which involved managing and coordinating staff, plant and machinery until gaining employment with British Steel.

What knowledge do you bring to the business?

With over 9 years’ experience from my previous roles, I work closely with the team at British Steel so I fully understand and appreciate the procedures. I do have previous experience as a team leader.

What are you enjoying about working with us so far?

I’m enjoying the first part of my training programme as I’m learning lots about the various plants and how they work. It was great to visit the different sites and speak with experienced employees, gaining an in-depth understanding of our processes and what’s expected in my role.

Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years’ time within British Steel?

I aspire to become an operations manager one day, so I can share my knowledge and passion with my team and give them the drive they need to succeed and sustain that high level of excellence. 

Why did you choose to apply to British Steel?

I was attracted by the industry and the chance to explore British Steel’s plant in great detail. I feel the training scheme so far has been very successful and the tutors have been fantastic. They make the theory side of learning exciting and share the knowledge they have of the plant to help us in the future.

What did your training involve?

During my classroom-based induction, I received intensive health and safety training which covered risk assessments, Safe Working Procedures (SWP), gas and fire safety, manual handling, confined space, Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) etc.

I also received insight into each plant and how it functions, completing a test afterwards to show my understanding. We were fortunate enough to visit the plant we were studying, accompanied by either the manager or supervisor in charge of a particular area.

What advice would you give to other people considering a career at British Steel?

My advice would be to make sure you’re very safety conscious as it’s a real eye opener for people who haven’t had experience working on the steelworks and the procedures are in place for your benefit. 

It’s fascinating to watch raw materials get transformed into finished product – you can learn so much and pursue a great career here with the right attitude.