Last week KMF Group Ltd were announced as finalists for the SEMTA Skills Innovation of the Year Award 2017. This award acknowledges and celebrates a creative and innovative approach to investment in skills and training, that has had a significant positive impact on people, businesses, or the wider manufacturing sector.
KMF have been recognised for this award by virtue of our outstanding Young Engineer of the Year competition (YEOTY). YEOTY aims to partner industry with education, in order raise aspirations, capture the imagination of our young people and enhance career development.
Over the last four years YEOTY has reached more than 17,000 students, worked with 27 high schools and, through KMF and over 50 local sponsors, invested around £550,000 in encouraging young people to take up a career in engineering and STEM projects.
Previous projects have included building Greenpower kit cars and launching balloons into near space.
As part of the judging process, SEMTA have visited KMF's facilities. During their visit, SEMTA spoke to previous YEOTY participant and current KMF apprentice, Jonathan Sharman, at our dedicated education resource centre — a unit designated to the education of local school students in STEM skills.
Jonathan told SEMTA about his experience winning Young Engineer of the Year 2014: "In 2014 I entered KMF's young engineer of the year competition. I absolutely loved the competition. I gained some great experience working with a diverse team, with a diverse group of skills, to strict deadlines- we all had a different role to play. Participating in YEOTY brought me out of my shell. I believe the experience has made me more confident at work and improved my time management."
As part of their visit, we also visited loyal YEOTY participant, St Joseph's college. St Josephs have participated each year and yesterday, demonstrated their impressive Lego robot skills, 3 months into 2017's competition. We also reminisced on previous challenges such as the 3D print and Space projects (Please visit KMF's Facebook or YouTube Pages for Videos)
The SEMTA competition concludes with an awards ceremony at the London Hilton on the 8th March 2017. KMF face tough competition with competitors of Activate Business School & BMW and Jaguar Land Rover & University of Bradford, but finger crossed we will triumph!