KMF (Precision Sheet Metal) the market leader in the supply of precision sheet metal work in the UK has launched an initiative to attract young people into manufacturing.
The KMF Young Engineer of the Year Awards, which are being supported by the National Apprenticeship Scheme, is being rolled out across Staffordshire with 20 high schools signed up to take part.
The initiative will involve schoolchildren creating a mechanical clock, with submissions being judged by a panel of leading members of the Staffordshire business community, including the International Commercial Manager of HSBC.
The Award winners will have their clocks manufactured and marketed by KMF, with the final product being released for general sale. The winners also take away an iPad2. All in all, a win could lead to a prosperous future for the lucky winners as a designer, engineer or entrepreneur.
"It is important that young people consider a future in engineering and manufacturing. Therefore, I am hopeful that this competition will help to engage pupils and parents when they decide on the subjects they wish to study," said KMF Managing Director, Gareth Higgins.
"We want the competition to be challenging and fun, and hopefully we will find our future apprentices. Our local schools have been very supportive, and I am grateful for the level of interest they have shown."
"Our students will benefit greatly from the opportunity to work with KMF. The company has a proven record of establishing high-level skills in a thriving young workforce. This competition is such a great opportunity for our young engineers to develop their abilities and to realise the value in working for such a successful company."
"Stoke on Trent has always had a great wealth of competencies, and this is the opportunity for schools such as Maryhill High to present them," said Lee McCue, Design & Technology teacher at Maryhill High School in Kidsgrove.
If successful the scheme will run every year with a different project brief and hopes to engage young people and encourage them into a career in engineering.
The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony due to take place in March next year at the Britannia Stadium, where all the entries will be on display.