Harrogate Steel has appointed four entry level team members in the last few months, demonstrating its commitment to investing in the future workforce and addressing industry skills gaps. John McMullen joins the Northern Ireland office as a Commercial Trainee. Lewis Walker Trainee Fabricator, Ryan Walker Junior Fabricator and Georgia Howarth Office Administrator, will all work from the Harrogate production facility and head office.

This raft of new appointments supports the company’s mission to train and develop homegrown talent, coinciding with a significant increase in secured orders for both structural steel and architectural metalwork for the business.

Richard Searle, Commercial Director at Harrogate Steel comments:

“It’s no secret that as an industry we have a shortage of steel fabricators and are all vying for the same ever dwindling talent pool. We’ve always been very focussed on building a team from scratch that can learn and develop, grow with our business and play an important role in its success. These new appointments reinforce our commitment to introducing young fresh talent to the industry and it’s a very exciting time to join as we continue to grow and evolve our offering, work with larger contractors and deliver a diverse range of exciting projects, across the UK.”

As well as growing the team, Harrogate Steel has also recently expanded its head office and manufacturing facility in Harrogate, upgraded its head office space and opened a new office in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Despite all of the challenges the industry has faced over the last 18 months, including the Covid-19 pandemic, steel price volatility and material shortages, the business continues to grow from strength to strength with exciting projects in the pipeline.