Twelve apprentices from across the county have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to business at this year's Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Recognition Awards.
The awards, held as part of National Apprenticeship Week from 6 to 10 March gave apprentices, employers and learning providers a unique chance to celebrate their successes.
KMF Engineering Apprentice, Daniel Bradbury, was amongst the winners. Dan was recognised for his enterprise and innovation, which has improved systems within KMF's bending department. During his time in KMF's bending department, Dan noticed employees leaving rubbish and waste materials on top of the bending tooling cabinets throughout the working day, which evidently meant they had to stop work 10 minutes early to tidy up. Using his own initiative, Daniel monitored the amount of time used up each week to clean up, which amounted to around 50 minutes per week for each operator. KMF has 10 Bending Machines each with their own tooling cabinet which totaled up a time of 500 minutes — approximately 8 hours of unnecessary downtime a week.
Using the 5C approach, Dan manufactured a 'Blanking off Plate' which enabled him to stop employees leaving rubbish on top of the tooling cabinets, therefore they didn't need to stop work early to clean up. This removed the unnecessary down time by enabling operators to work until the end of their shift which is predicted to save KMF around £6000 per year.
Alongside Dan's work life he has shown an incredible amount of dedication to charity work, which has helped to fulfil KMF's corporate social responsibilities. One of his most successful fundraising events, the 'KMF charity challenge', saw Dan using his impressive sheet metal skills to design and manufacture VW clocks which he later sold raising around £2000 for charity.
The awards, now in their 6th year, were organised by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Apprenticeships continue to create more career opportunities for people in Staffordshire while giving businesses the chance to grow their own skilled workforce. More than 9,400 people in Staffordshire started an apprenticeship in 2016.