KMF (Precision Sheet Metal) apprentice, Matt Page was a runner-up in the recent Sentinel Apprentice of the Year competition.
However, he remains upbeat as he makes his final preparations for his trip to Germany to represent Team UK in the World Skills Olympics.
The Sentinel Apprentice of the Year competition is open to young people from across Staffordshire. Entrants come from a wide variety of trades and professions and this year included legal, gas services and engineering.
The competition was very close, and Matt was a runner-up to Sarah Bourne, an apprentice logistics co-ordinator with Scientific and Technical Gases Ltd.
This has been a very busy 12 months for Matt as he was also entered for, and was successful in competing for a place at the finals of the World Skills Olympics contest, which he will attend with fellow KMF apprentice Jake Repsys in Leipzig, Germany in July this year.
The success of Matt and his fellow trainees is founded on KMF's commitment to training and development of all employees, which the Newcastle-under-Lyme company sees as one of the keys to its business success.
While the primary focus of this training investment goes on apprentices the company also encourages every member of staff to undergo skills development to ensure that they are fully equipped to meet the demands of a modern manufacturing environment