As part of National Apprenticeship Week KMF (Precision Sheet Metal) is holding an open day to allow students and parents to see how a modern engineering apprenticeship can deliver a worthwhile career.
With a cumulative increase in turnover of 50% over the last two years, KMF (Precision Sheet Metal) has also dramatically increased the number of employees to over 350.
In addition to recruiting skilled workers, it also focuses on developing its skills base through apprenticeships and this year is looking to employ an additional 16 apprentices.
"These open days will provide a fantastic opportunity for parents and students to get a first-hand look at the potential that a career in engineering can provide," said Jenny Conlon, KMF Training Centre Manager.
"They will get to see the factory in operation, witness the level of investment and technology employed at KMF and be able to chat with training staff, current apprentices and get an understanding of what is on offer at KMF."
During the open day, in addition to talking about apprenticeships, students will be able to 'try before they buy' and under close supervision will help design and manufacture, using CNC machine tools a memento to take away with them.
KMF has been delivering engineering training for over four years, taking full advantage of its state-of-the-art on-site training centre and fully qualified teaching staff.
KMF offers two levels of apprenticeship. For 16 year-olds there is the opportunity to complete a full four-year course, and for older students a two-year apprenticeship is available.
KMF's apprentices have further opportunities to study for their HNC and HND qualifications with the potential to lead onto management training courses, along with a full-time position with the company.
With the increase in the cost of university education, this provides a fully-funded way into higher education and the future career prospects that this brings.
Students wishing to consider an engineering apprenticeship need to achieve minimum academic qualifications.
For a two-year advanced course students will require:
- NVQ Level 2 in an Engineering Discipline
- BTEC Diploma in an Engineering Discipline or Level 2 Engineering Technical Certificate
- Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths & Science
- Minimum of 2 A-Levels at grade C or above preferably including either Maths or Science
For a four-year advanced apprenticeship the qualifications are:
- A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths & Science