At Ryerson, there are always opportunities to grow, and we support our employees' professional advancement by offering a broad range of training and educational opportunities. Learn more about many of the programs we offer, from formal mentoring to our generous and competitive tuition reimbursement.
Our unique, 12-month immersive training program, Ryerson Academy, helps new employees kickstart their career. Open to approximately 20 new hires and entry level employees each year, it provides intensive training in the most business-critical, functional areas of the company, including sales, customer service, operations, supply chain, procurement and marketing. Ryerson Academy also teaches critical communications, negotiating and presentation skills. Participants regularly interact with Ryerson’s senior leadership and subject matter experts.
Ryerson helps prepare entry level professionals to enter the workforce through its collaboration with higher learning institutions, such as Texas A&M University, where students enrolled in specialized courses are exposed to concepts directly related to the metals industry, including supply chain optimization, industrial distribution and sales management. Other schools Ryerson partners with include Purdue University, University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Alabama at Birmingham and East Carolina University, among others.
Ryerson offers paid summer internships for undergraduate students interested in learning more about the metals industry. The intern program provides meaningful, project-based work that delivers foundational basic training, awareness of how to conduct oneself in a business environment and introductory professional development for participants while also serving as a direct source of talent for full-time employment.
Ryerson Boot Camp is a two week training session for recent hires that teaches basic product knowledge, customer relationship management, communication skills, sales training and time management. The program is designed to help build the foundation for success for employees entering a sales role.
Over the course of a week, Long University (Long U) focuses on building employees’ knowledge of bar, tubing and structural shapes, including information about the company's inventory, processing services, sourcing practices, vertical markets and selling techniques. Subject matter experts from around the organization lead these training sessions, which are open to employees at all levels.
Fabrication University benefits employees who regularly work with customers interested in Ryerson's fabrication services. This two-week program focuses on expanding employees’ knowledge of fabrication, including print reading, pricing and basic metallurgy. Participants also make mill and customer visits and engage in operations rotations.