In the US, we have developed a degree programme focused on the steel industry in partnership with a number of local colleges across five states. The ‘Steelworker for the future®’ programme is encouraging more students to pursue exciting careers in steel as a modern, fast-moving and essential industry. We show how the modern steel industry needs people with technical skills, new and innovative ideas, and a willingness to change.
What started as a pilot programme in Indiana in 2008, now involves ten community colleges near our operations across the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Mike Rippey, ArcelorMittal USA Chairman says, “Developing a skilled workforce of tomorrow is essential. We must properly educate our young people and encourage careers in manufacturing as a step towards a sustainable future, for our employees, the company, and our nation’s economy.”
The programme introduces students to a modern manufacturing environment, and helps them experience its challenges by learning practical tasks such as how to repair an electric motor on the production line, and troubleshoot a robotic piece of equipment. It is structured as a two-and-a-half year degree programme and includes classroom training with a focus on electrical or mechanical engineering. There is also the opportunity to be involved in on-site training at one of our steel plants, during which students get the chance to apply what they have learned and earn credits for their degree. Furthermore, the pay they receive during this internship covers the full cost of their academic programme.
More than 275 students have benefitted from taking part in the steel worker for the future® so far and graduates who are hired at an ArcelorMittal facility can expect to earn $90,000 on average after three years of employment.