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KMF supports Industry Apprentice Council

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With apprentices at the heart of the KMF business model, the company has always been proud of the fact that one of their apprentices has had a place on the Industry Apprentice Council, (IAC) since its launch.

The IAC was set up in 2013 and consisted of 14 apprentices, aged 18 to 24, from companies that included Airbus, BAE Systems, Caunton Engineering, DAF Trucks, Ford Dealerships, Ford GB, MBDA, National Grid, Nestlé, Vauxhall and KMF.

The mission is to meet regularly to discuss the latest reviews and reports, challenge government proposal and issues affecting the vocational pathway.

The primary focus of the group is to promote apprenticeships to school pupils, as early on it was established from the group's own experience that careers advice around apprenticeships was poor.

The group launched a national survey to help shape future campaigns and direct discussions with government and education organisations.

They found only 23% of the respondents were happy with the level of guidance they received in school or college and for 62% higher education was promoted as the number one pathway.

Recently, the IAC carried out another national survey to see if the views of apprentices have changed and if apprenticeships are seen in a more positive light. The results are found here.

Apprenticeships give young people the opportunity to earn while they learn. This vocational route does not have to be an alternative to University. Many employers offer their apprentices the chance to go to University, and it is the company that foots the bill.

Apprenticeships are an asset to the economy, good for the apprentice and good for business. To have young inspiring individuals within the firm gives KMF the leading edge and allows the company to offer a more diverse service to customers.

KMF apprentices Sam Dutton and Hayden Williamson have the opportunity to travel to London on a quarterly basis and speak to MPs and business leaders about apprenticeships. It is an experience that adds to their overall development; they are learning valuable life skills that enhance their overall experience of an apprenticeship.