KMF success at developing and nurturing its apprentices has been recognised by the Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), with 2nd-year trainee Adam Ellis gaining an Apprentice Award.
The LEP awards recognise the significant contribution being made by apprentices to their employer's success, with entries submitted by a wide range of businesses from across the partnership's geographical area.
"We are really pleased at Adam's success in these awards as when he first came to work at KMF he was quite a shy and private person. But we identified that he possessed the skills and personality to help and support colleagues. He achieves this under all situations, even when the pressure is on," said KMF Training Centre Manager Jenny Conlon.
KMF apprentices are encouraged to contribute ideas to improve working practices. In Adam's case, he helped to reduce the time required to train learners on CNC punching operations and provided course tutors with more flexibility.
He simplified the system for training apprentices on a CNC punching machine, which reduced the potential for unnecessary downtime caused by incorrect installation and possible collisions.
Throughout his time at KMF Adam has shown an exemplary attitude towards quality and attention to detail and has instilled this in younger apprentices. This positive attitude fits perfectly with KMF's continuous improvement objectives, methodology and philosophy.
The technical skills of our apprentices are allowed to flourish and grow, and Adam is a prime example of the benefits of this way of working. As such, he is fully deserving of this award given to him by the Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
We continue to be proud of the achievements of our apprentices and the recognition that they are gaining outside of the business. This acknowledgement by external reviewers highlights them as fantastic examples and role models to anyone considering a career in manufacturing.