KMF has just offered employment to the next cohort of six apprentices, who will begin their engineering careers with the Newcastle-under-Lyme company in August, all with the guarantee of full-time employment or further education at the end of their apprenticeship.
Training its own apprentices is helping to maintain KMF's skill level and competitive advantage in the competitive arena of sheet metal sub-contracting, which is why it invests so heavily in its training scheme.
KMF took the decision to bring all training in-house and set about building a state-of-the-art training centre on-site and employing a team of highly experienced tutors and training professionals to create a scheme that is held up as a model for other businesses.
This new intake of apprentices has a hard act to follow, as Matt Hayes who has just completed his first year scored 95% in his exams, following in the footsteps of his colleague Jo Pemberton, who scored also scored 95%. These figures are more impressive when you consider that the national average and pass rate is still 60%.
"We are extremely proud of the performance of all our apprentices. The fact that many have gone on to take up management roles within the business is testament not only to what the company is doing but also the enthusiasm of the individuals involved," says Jenny Conlon, KMF Training Centre Manager.
"The results and the success fully justifies the £1 million plus investment the company has made since 2006 in both training facilities and manpower, to develop the future generation of skilled engineers that it needs."