Stefan Rduch faced the same dilemma that many school-leavers face, that of staying in education or moving into vocational training. The choice he made has seen his career blossom.
KMF, which now undertakes all of its apprentice training in-house, recognised Stefan's enthusiasm and guided him to a more analytical role within the business.
Initially, this saw him working in the purchasing department with a position as a company buyer, where he was responsible for managing a spend of more than £3.5 million.
In addition, he was also offered further training, completing both HNC and HND in Mechanical Engineering, along with Level Five of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply qualification.
An opportunity arose to move from purchasing into a more 'hands on' production management role within KMF's medical integration facility, which saw him overseeing the procurement and production of medical instrumentation, including mass spectrometers.
"Soon afterwards additional responsibility for a major customer in the aerospace was given to me," said Stefan. "This paved the way for my current position as Advanced Solutions Manager, where I am responsible for the new £1 million manufacturing facility."
"Managing this element of the business and its £5 million turnover as well as handling the expected 25% growth in sales is daunting. However, I feel that my apprenticeship has prepared me well for the challenge."
"Being given this responsibility at such a young age is a testament to the faith that KMF put in me; and also the structure of the apprenticeship programme that they have put together."