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The KMF (Precision Sheet Metal) apprenticeship scheme celebrated the end of another successful year with an awards ceremony at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium.

Recruiting and retaining new enthusiastic members of its team is vital to its ongoing success of KMF and as part of that process the company takes great pride in recognising the efforts that young engineers are making to advance their careers and skills.

"Ensuring that we have a constant flow of skilled people coming through to replace those that are retiring is justification in itself for the time and effort that we put into apprentice training at KMF," said Managing Director Gareth Higgins.

"However, unlike many of our contemporaries, we do not see this as a cost to the business, but as a genuine investment and the results that we celebrated at our awards evening are a testament to the hard work that everyone involved is putting in."

The awards evening recognises the efforts made by apprentices across all year groups both for academic, technical and personal achievements with awards made for Apprentice of the Year, Attendance and Timekeeping and Team Leader Choice.

Apprentices receiving their Intermediate Certificates to mark the conclusion of their first two years of training were: Nathan Jackson and Jacob Moulton, while four apprentices received their Advanced Apprenticeship Certificates, these being: Joseph Gibson, Joseph Griffiths, Matthew Page and Jake Repsys.

Awards for the Best Year Group for Attendance and Punctuality 2012 went to our current 2nd years: Harley Brian, Adam Ellis, Ryan Murphy, Neil Simmonds, Matthew Shenton, and Jack Wilson. The award for Individual Best Attendance and Punctuality went to Jake Repsys.

Another feature of the KMF Apprentice Awards is that each of the team leaders on the shop floor has to choose from each year group the apprentice that they deem to have made the most progress throughout the year and have contributed to the overall team at KMF. This year these Team Leader Choice Awards went to Jack Wilson (First Year), Jake Moulton (Second Year), Samuel Dutton (Third Year), and Joseph Gibson (Fourth Year).

That leaves the final award of Apprentice of the Year which for 2012 went to Jake Repsys. Jake has now completed his four-year apprenticeship and has been offered a full-time role working at KMF. Also, he is embarking on a three-year foundation degree, which is being fully funded by KMF.

"The apprentices that we have recognised with these awards will play a major role in the future of KMF. We already see this with earlier trainees who have gone on to senior management roles within the business as well as contributing skills to the production environment within the factory."

"They are committed to putting in the hard work and effort needed to succeed, and we are constantly encouraged by the way in which our apprentices respond to the tasks they are set and that they are at the top of their national peer groups in both theoretical and practical skills," says Gareth Higgins.

The internal staff at KMF, led by Training Centre Manager Jenny Conlon, have worked tirelessly to deliver the high level of achievement that the apprentices are maintaining and have been instrumental in ensuring that KMF's apprentices excel in every aspect of their apprenticeship.

Each apprentice that KMF takes on is a major commitment for the company, and it is in KMF's interests to ensure that we can protect that investment and offer them suitable roles within the business when they complete their apprenticeship.

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