Leeds-based ACS Stainless Steel Limited (ACS) has welcomed its largest intake of apprentices to date – expanding its team with eight new colleagues.

The appointments at the award-winning manufacturing business based in Cross Green include Usman Saeed, 18, as apprentice software engineer and Rachel Flannery, 20, who joins as an accounts apprentice, alongside Harvey Knowles, 18, Luke Dundas, 18, Rohaan Waajid, 18, Harrison Nicholls, 18, Lewis Thompson, 17, and Pedro Gala,16, as apprentice technical engineers.

Renowned for supporting home-grown talent, the latest ACS cohort hail from Leeds College of Building, with Bradford-born Usman recruited from Roehampton university and Rachel is undertaking her Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship with Intec Business College.

The talented new graduates are to be mentored by Simon Matthews, Operations Director at ACS who said: “We’re a forward-thinking business and embrace those who are looking to begin their career within this industry. We are passionate about offering our new recruits the very best opportunities and excellent career progression within ACS.

“I’m excited to mentor our newest and largest cohort of apprentices to date – they’re a formidable group of young people with hardworking attitudes and lots of ambition, which are traits we embrace in all our team members here at ACS. We place great value on the people who form the business – they are central to our progressive culture and overall success, from our youngest recruits to our highly-experienced team members. On behalf of all our colleagues, I’d like to welcome the new starters and offer them a firm foundation for a long-standing career in the industry.”

The ACS team now stands at 133 colleagues. The external recruitment and investment into pivotal graduate roles demonstrate ACS’s commitment to continued growth and its market-leading position as a designer of structural building components. ACS provides patented innovative solutions, including masonry support and brick panel solutions - essential construction components used in construction of the largest modern-day projects in the UK.