More than 20 schools were invited to the launch of KMF's Young Engineer of the Year 2013/14, and the project was welcomed openly, with 16 schools committing to take part in the project.
KMF's Young Engineer of the Year pilot campaign was hugely successful, and the company have committed to running a project on the same scale for the foreseeable future.
Jenny Conlon, KMF's Training Centre Manager, commented, "The positive feedback received from students, teachers and MPs, highlighted the real need for projects like this to bridge the gap between schools and industry. We will continue to run this campaign on an annual basis however we will change the theme to keep students engaged and inspired and will probably return to the clocks in three to four years' time."
This year, KMF have invited other local companies to benefit from the rewards of working closely with schools and are finding each school a sponsor who will offer both financial and resource support.
One of the primary drivers behind this campaign is to promote the career opportunities available to young people. Last year over 1,700 students took part, as KMF only enrol a maximum of six apprentices, annually, there is the potential for other business to promote themselves as viable, future employers.
The theme for 2013/14 is the Greenpower Formula 24 kit cars; each sponsor will provide their school with the car kit and work with them to meet the milestones of the project. The campaign will conclude with a Race Day, which is set to be a spectacular event.
In essence, this project encapsulates best practice, with schools and industry working together and alongside each other to impact positively on the local area and showcase the proactive approach of businesses within Staffordshire, building consumer confidence.