KMF's world-class apprentices were celebrated last week at the KMF Annual Apprentice Awards. Hosted at the BET365 stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, KMF apprentices, parents, staff and other stakeholders gathered to recognise the achievements of KMF apprentices in 2016.
The evening began with a presentation from KMF managing director, Gareth Higgins. Attendees were updated on KMF apprentices' academic achievements throughout the year, as well as their involvement in community projects.
For example, Gareth enlightened guests on the build of a Gulf memorial by apprentice Ryan Murphy and detailed the monthly attendance of apprentices to help North Staffordshire's Young Carers. News was also shared of apprentice Tom French achieving Gold at The Skills Show, the nation's biggest skills and careers event.
Details were also given of next year's KMF community challenge. In 2017, Apprentices will face the challenge of providing 50 hours of volunteer work! These hours can be devoted to upcoming events such as The Santa Dash for the Alice Charity, The Sleep Out for Stoke City Community Trust and Operation Spitfire, a future KMF project to build a full-sized steel Spitfire aeroplane.
The presentation was preceded by a speech from Paul Williams of Staffordshire University, who spoke about the future City of Culture Bid 2021 by Stoke-on-Trent.
Awards and Winners included:
-Community Champion Award: Chloe Quaile
-Intermediate and Advanced Certificates
-Time Keeping & Attendance Award (Individual): Joe Ward & Tom French
-Time Keeping & Attendance Award (Group): Jordan Bentley, Ashley Degg, Thomas French, Chloe Quaile & Ben Swingewood
-Team Leader Choice Award: Harry Leese (1st Year), Matt Welsh (2nd Year), Chloe Quaile (3rd Year) and Josh Wheatley (4th Year)
Louise Welsh, parent of apprentice winner Matt Welsh, spoke about her enjoyment of the evening:
"KMF is a fantastic company and pleasure for my son to work for. The apprenticeship has really developed his skills and confidence and helped him turn into the great man he is today. It is an honour to be here tonight."
The last award of the evening, the Apprentice of the Year Award, was finally presented by KMF Director John Tilling to 4th Year apprentice, Joe Ward. Joe commented:
"KMF is a very supportive and understanding company to work for and their investment in people is outstanding. I am very happy and surprised to win Apprentice of the Year. However, it makes all the hard work worth it. It is a weight off my shoulders to know it's all paid off."
The KMF Annual Apprentice Awards event was a great success, and KMF would like to thank all the apprentices for working exceptionally hard this year, both for KMF and the community.