Engineering students at Redcar & Cleveland College say they feel 'more optimistic' about securing jobs in the area after SSI relit the blast furnace to restart steel making on Teesside.
It's hoped the decision by the Thai steel maker to come to the North East could encourage many more companies to do the same.
The first Teesside steel made in two years is expected to be ready today. The blast furnace was re-lit on Sunday, after being mothballed.
History was made when Redcar's blast furnace was re-started.