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Matt Page at Apprentice World Skills event

KMF apprentice Matt Page is in final preparations before jetting off to Leipzig, Germany to take part in the finals of Worldskills, where he will face the best sheet metal workers from around the world to challenge for a Gold Medal.

Matt has been working on his bending, forming and welding skills ahead of the competition which begins with a design day on Wednesday 3rd July.

This design then has to be manufactured in full sight of the thousands of visitors to Worldskills over the following three days. The work is then judged by industry professionals before the medals are awarded at a presentation event over the weekend of 6-7 July.

"There has been a lot of hard work preparing for this event, and I am grateful for the training and support that I have had from my colleagues at KMF. This, combined with all the skills that I have developed during my apprenticeship will put me in a good position once I get to Leipzig."

"The thought of manufacturing the test piece in front of a large audience is exciting, and while I am sure that there will be some initial nerves, I am confident that I can do KMF and myself proud," said Matt.

"The success that Matt has already achieved is fantastic and fully justifies the investment that KMF has made in its apprentice training programme. I am sure that Matt will not be the last KMF apprentice to represent Team GB at this level as we are already planning our entries for Worldskills in Brazil," added Jenny Conlon, KMF's Training Centre Manager.

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