KMF took on stiff competition and came out victorious to be named Large Employer of the Year 2015 at the Regional National Apprenticeship Awards 2015.
The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in its 12th year, recognises excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.
Apprentices have been at the heart of KMF's business since 2007, and with the planned continued growth, apprentices will remain a key strategy, ensuring the business remains at the forefront of precision sheet metal and engineering within the UK.
Employing over 400 staff, KMF falls into the Large Employer category which incorporates organisations that employ between 250 and 4,999 employees. The region covers a large geographical area which includes Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Staffordshire.
Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, commented: "The submissions were of a very high quality, making the competition very difficult to judge this year".
KMF was pleased to make it through to the regional finals and delighted to be announced as winners. Training Centre Manager, Jenny Conlon was thrilled that her team were recognised: "This is a fantastic achievement for the company. Our apprenticeship programme is unique, in that our apprentices are all taught 'in-house'. Because of this, we can offer our apprentices a learning experience that goes above and beyond the recommended framework."
"Apprentices undergo a structured, rotational program in a variety of departments within the company and as STEM ambassadors are an integral part of the work we do with young people and schools, promoting apprenticeships as a viable career path."
KMF will now go forward, with other regional winners, to a selection process for the national finals. If successful, the national ceremony will take place at Grosvenor House in London in January 2016.
The apprenticeship employer entries judged to be the best will have the additional honour of featuring in the acclaimed Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list. KMF were named on the 2014 list and would be honoured to be picked again for 2015