Every year, hundreds of young people apply for a KMF apprenticeship.
What are the main benefits of an apprenticeship with KMF?
By joining KMF as an apprentice, not only will you gain valuable 'on the job' experience and work towards professional qualifications but you'll also earn a substantial salary from day one. We pay more than the national minimum wage and during your first year, you will earn £5.50 per hour.
In year two, we begin your incremental increases in line with age, skills and National Minimum wage – sounds like a good deal doesn't it? It's because we want to hone your skills, offer you the best workplace experience and hopefully welcome you into the KMF family permanently.
For a good idea of how your wage can increase through the apprenticeship AND on completion, take a look at our infographic on the right.
The KMF Apprenticeship Programme is also approved by EAL Ltd (Excellence, Achievement & Learning), the awarding body for the industry, and it has won numerous awards for outstanding achievement.
We offer apprenticeships in multiple disciplines, including Engineering Technology, Fabrication & Welding and Engineering Technician, which are delivered in-house in our dedicated training centre and advanced manufacturing facilities.
KMF is one of the most successful Precision Sheet Metal and Precision Engineering companies within the UK.
As a subcontractor, we work with brand-name companies across several industry sectors to manufacture products that you will probably come across in day-to-day life.
Formed in 1971, the KMF Group has grown significantly and now employs over 400 members of staff, with multiple UK manufacturing facilities as well as a division in Slovakia.
Our apprenticeship scheme is essential in providing the next generation of new technology-led engineering specialists and is now a significant strategy within our recruitment plan.
KMF currently offer level 2 and level 3 diplomas in Engineering Technology and Fabrication and Welding qualifications, along with bespoke hands on training in both Machining and Sheet Metal Fabrication.
An apprenticeship at KMF includes both practical and theory elements. The primary incentive for many who choose this option is that apprentices earn as they learn.
Time spent in the commercial and production elements of the business is written into each training programme from the start. Spending three months in each department, trainees gain a comprehensive yet detailed set of manufacturing skills.
Apprentices at KMF now score significantly higher than the national average. We teach in classes of up to eight, with in-house lecturers having time to address any problems that may arise. Being on-site throughout the KMF apprenticeship also allows greater involvement in the broader aspects of the business.
Apprentices must work to a standard required by both KMF and the national curriculum. Daily work is observed, and a small amount of your own time should be set aside for revision, involvement in local community projects and charity fundraising.
KMF is an award-winning employer. Our Welding & Fabrication, Engineering Technician and Degree apprenticeships offer many benefits for young people looking to pursue a career in engineering. You can expect:
A high standard of training – small class sizes, one-to-one mentoring and lectures from industry experts
Excellent progression routes – personal development plans to ensure the best career path
Practical approach – a unique offering of practical learning in a purpose-built workshop
Earn while you learn – KMF offers outstanding rates of pay
Job security – a guaranteed job with the KMF Group
The KMF programme offers more than world-class training. Apprentices get opportunities to improve their skills, experience new things and support the wider community. Examples of wider opportunities include competing at the infamous World Skills Competition and attending the annual apprentice out-of-bounds trip in France, with mountain biking, hiking and canyoning in Luchon.
During the programme, apprentices also undertake an annual community challenge where they are asked to carry out a minimum of 50 hours of community service. This can include a broad range of community projects, from constructing a water feature for a local school to entertaining young carers on well-deserved breaks.
Meet our new apprentice, Kayleigh. She is the only female in her cohort but, that hasn’t stopped her drive and love for engineering.
Rafay Ali, the first apprentice welcomed in to the Precision Engineering division of the company has completed his four year apprenticeship.