A new academy devoted to training female engineers has opened its doors in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom.

The steelmaker is sponsoring a two-year course on which eight female students have enrolled.

Mike Hood, Liberty's UK human resources director, commented: "We are delighted to see these young women take up this unique opportunity and wish them all the best with their studies."

Hood said that Liberty Speciality Steels has a wealth of talented and experienced engineers and a variety of steel production and processing facilities that students will be able to access throughout the course. He added, "Liberty recognises the importance of fully-trained engineers in taking industry forward into an age of cleaner steel production and recycling."

Liberty Steel's Female Engineering Academy opens this month at The Sheffield College’s Olive Grove campus.