KMF employees Matt Page and Jordan Davies joined 300 students at a Creative Arts & Engineering graduation to collect their Mechanical Engineering Degree certificates from Staffordshire University. The graduation ceremony, which provided our ex-apprentices with the chance to get suited and booted in a traditional cap and gown, was held at Trentham Estate in Staffordshire.
Matt and Jordan are the first ex-apprentices that KMF have sponsored through an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering. For the pair to go ahead and achieve both 1st and 2:1 classifications while working full-time in the KMF metal fabrication facility is a fantastic achievement.
Jenny, KMF Training and Development Manager, who attended the event said: "I am extremely proud of Matt and Jordan for gaining honorary degrees in mechanical engineering. They have worked extremely hard through both their KMF apprenticeship programme and university study and are a perfect demonstration to all other KMF apprentices of what can be achieved!".
A little more about Matt and Jordan:
Matt Page began his journey with KMF as an Engineering Apprentice, gaining a Level 3 Extended Diploma. A natural academic, Matt coped with his apprenticeship very well and on completion, went on to a Higher Apprenticeship. While studying for his BEng, Matt worked as an Apprentice Mentor at KMF Precision Sheet Metal, training current apprentices.
In September, Matt will replace a retiring Maths & Science lecturer, to become a full-time engineering teacher at KMF. Unfortunately, this will involve Matt finishing his nine years of education with eight weeks at college, to gain his final teaching qualification.
Jordan Davies joined KMF from Clough Hall High School as an apprentice back in 2007, when KMF first became an EAL approved training centre. After four years completing his advanced engineering apprenticeship, Jordan decided to take a break from study and take up full-time employment in the KMF CNC Punching department. Around 12 months later, an opportunity arose for Jordan to gain promotion as a Trainee Quality Inspector. It is at this point where Jordan approached KMF with the hopes to progress onto a Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Upon completion of his Bachelors Degree, Jordan has received a promotion to a KMF Quality Technician, where he will drive quality improvements within our factory and provide high levels of service to both internal and external customers.
Click here to find out more about an Engineering Apprenticeship with KMF.