Twelve apprentices have been recognised 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 the KMF sheet metal bending department.
During his time in the KMF bending department, Dan noticed employees leaving rubbish and waste materials on top of the bending tool cabinets throughout the working day, which evidently meant they had to stop work 10 minutes early to tidy up.
On his own initiative, Daniel monitored the amount of time it took to clean up. It amounted to around 50 minutes per week for each operator. KMF has 10 metal forming machines each with its own tooling cabinet which takes the total time to 500 minutes — approximately 8 hours of unnecessary downtime each week.
Using the 5C approach, Dan manufactured a 'blanking off plate' to stop employees leaving rubbish on top of the tooling cabinets, so they didn't need to stop work early to clean up. This removed unnecessary down time and enabled operators to work until the end of their shifts, a move that is estimated to save KMF around £6,000 per year.
Alongside his work at KMF Precision Sheet Metals, Dan shows incredible dedication to charity work, which helps 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.