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KMF Adult Apprentice Tom in training

KMF Apprentice Tom French wins Gold at The Skills Show, earning him the honour of being named one of the best in the UK!

Tom received the accolade after securing the highest score at the competition that brings together regional finalist from across the country.

The Skills Show, which took place in November 2015 at the NEC Birmingham, brought together the very best apprentices from a vast number of industry sectors.

The level of competition was exceptionally high and to add to the pressure, Tom was competing against three fellow apprentices from KMF within the Sheet Metal Technology discipline, one of whom had scored the highest ever recorded result in regional heats.

"To compete at the Skills Show is a great experience," explained Tom, "the training and preparation that has led to this point is extremely valuable and on the day it all came together for me."

Having already provided the previous two UK candidates for WorldSkills International Finals, within the Sheet Metal Technology category, KMF was again massively supportive of this year's show.

As well as providing four apprentices to compete, the company also held a 'Have-a-Go' activity to give younger visitors an insight into their industry.

Jenny Conlon, KMF Training Centre Manager, said: "Our involvement in Worldskills began when one of our apprentices competed and was successful enough to be selected for Team UK in 2013."

"The level of competition is exceptionally high, and the mentoring, training and support that apprentices receive is outstanding. This complements the in-house training program KMF apprentices receive and ensures we continue to raise standards."

KMF's Matt Page, who has previously experienced the WorldSkills competition in Leipzig 2013, now works as a full-time Apprentice Mentor at KMF.

Matt commented: "The lads performed remarkably well; there was very little between them, they all worked hard and handled the pressure of competition with ease. On the day, Tom came out victorious due to the high standard of his work. They should all be proud of their achievement."

Hot on the heels of Tom, securing a Silver Medal was fellow apprentice Ashley Degg, with the Bronze Medal awarded to Matthew Hughes from Coleg Cambria. KMF's Ben Swingewood received a Highly Commended accolade.