STEEL TYCOON TAKES UP ROYAL OFFER
BRITISH Indian steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has been appointed by Prince Charles as an official ambassador for the Industrial Cadets programme, which aims to nurture manufacturing skills.
Gupta was appointed to the flagship initiative which gives children and young people exposure to working in industry while still at school or college.
“Gupta is doing so much to apply real imagination, innovative thinking and sustainable rejuvenation to our nations heavy industries. I’m thrilled that he, through his GFG Alliance, has so enthusiastically become involved with Industrial Cadets as well,” said the 68-year-old Prince of Wales.
The Industrial Cadets annual awards ceremony was held in London last Wednesday (7).
The Industrial Cadets programme, currently involves more than 15,000 youngsters across the UK.
It was set up at the behest of Prince Charles seven years ago after he visited steel plants at Teesside in north-east England and heard how the manufacturing and engineering sectors were struggling to recruit young people to their ranks.
As the executive chairman of UK-based GFG Alliance, Gupta has been on an acquisition spree in the steel industry over the past few months, which has helped secure hundreds of jobs.
He said: “Coming from a family of industrialists, I had the opportunity while growing up to spend time in steel works and engineering plants. That left a lasting impression on me and really inspired me to pursue an active career in industry. I see Industrial Cadets fulfilling the same function and am very excited about the impact it is facing.”
His GFG Foundation is involved in funding and promoting the Industrial Cadets programme, through a partnership with the Engineering Development Trust.
GFG Alliance companies, including Liberty House and SIMEC, currently support 1,300 cadets from 26 schools across Britain to participate in the scheme, with a target of 5,000 students by next year.
GFG also has an active apprenticeship training programme involving more than 100 young people in the UK. The GFG Alliance is a London-headquartered international group of businesses, founded and owned by the UK-based Gupta family.