A British Steel apprentice has skilfully designed and built an exclusive trophy to be presented to the Scunthorpe United Man of Steel during the British Steel Family Day match this weekend.
Third year Structural Apprentice Lee Barnard (20), handcrafted the steel structure ahead of Scunthorpe United’s clash with local rivals Rotherham United, on 10 February.
British Steel agreed a partnership deal with Scunthorpe United last year for the 2017-18 season. The British Steel Family Day on Saturday will give the company’s employees the chance to purchase tickets at a special rate. In addition to this, children of employees will step out with the team as mascot and flag bearers and volunteers will collect donations for British Steel’s Community Partner Lindsey Lodge Hospice.
Lee will be presenting his trophy to the chosen ‘Man of Steel’ at Saturday’s match. British Steel is asking Iron fans to help choose their Man of Steel by tweeting the name of their chosen player with #ManOfSteel, before the 80th minute of the match.
“As soon as I was given this opportunity I felt a thousand different ideas fly through my head. I wanted to make something unique that would represent a ‘Man of Steel,” said Lee who’s qualified in welder coding - an accredited qualification that requires a very high level of skill.
“Welding is an important part of my job and this task required very intricate skills, which I’ve mastered during 2 and half years in my apprenticeship.
“It took me longer than I first thought to make the trophy, as I had to hunt around for pieces I could incorporate as part of the man of steel.
“My job is different every day and has taken me all around the site. Being able to experience different work environments that require a variety of techniques and ways of thinking, is something you don’t get in most apprenticeships.
“This was particularly unusual task to be given but I’m looking forward to what other projects I can put my own mark on during my British Steel career.”
Scunthorpe United will step out on Saturday in an exclusive limited edition kit to be unveiled by the club later this week.
Anyone who would like to find out more about opportunities to apply for a British Steel apprenticeship should visit http://britishsteel.co.uk/join-our-team/