KMF (Precision Sheet Metal) trainee Sam Dutton has been selected to be one of the first members of the Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) and will, along with other members represent the voice of apprentices across the UK.
Organised by Engineering awarding body EAL (Excellence, Achievement & Learning Limited) the Council comprises a cross-industry group of up to 12 trainees who meet four times a year in London at the House of Commons.
These meetings coincide with the All Party Parliamentary Apprenticeship Group of MP's schedule, whose chairman, Gordon Birtwhistle MP will act as host.
The key role of the IAC is to ensure that the views of industry apprentices are listened to and understood by the policy makers in London.
At the inaugural meeting, the council discussed responses to recent industry training policy proposals, such as the Richards Review and began to formulate ideas on how best to survey the views and opinions of all trade apprentices.
KMF was invited to put forward an employee for this prestigious role due to its commitment and success in training apprentices to the highest standards, and all of the company's 3rd and 4th-year trainees were invited to apply for the role, with Sam being the chosen candidate.
"This is a great honour and a very exciting opportunity to represent the views of apprentices from across the UK," says Sam. "At our first meeting, we were in front of a group of MPs and senior business leaders. We then had our opportunity to put our views across. It was quite an experience, but I was surprised by the interest that they took in what we had to say."
Some of the issues raised by Sam and his colleagues on the IAC included greater interaction between schools and industry to highlight the benefits of vocational training over further education using the college route, funding for training by smaller and further support for in-house apprentice training. KMF is the only company represented on the IAC that completes all its training in-house.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for Sam and reflects well on the work that we are doing here at KMF to develop apprentices that have the all-round skills to succeed, both in their work and social lives, a good," says Jenny Conlon, KMF Training Manager.
"We are confident Sam an excellent representative for his apprentice colleagues from all over the UK and that he will make his points to the MPs and business leaders in a positive and confident manner."
The full list of companies represented by apprentices on this first Industry Apprentice Council is Airbus, BAE Systems, Caunton Engineering, DAF Trucks, Ford Dealerships, Ford GB, KMF (Precision Sheet Metal), MBDA, National Grid, Nestle, Siemens, and Vauxhall.