KMF crowned their 2019 'Apprentice of the Year' at a glitzy award ceremony at Port Vale Football Club on Friday 29th November.
The event is KMF's 7th Annual Apprentice Awards, celebrating the achievements of the group's apprentices over the last 12 months. Achievements included obtaining the bronze, silver and gold medals at WorldSkills UK,the completion of the BCB project and the recent graduation of KMF's 4th year fabrication apprentices.
Stories and footage were also shared about the annual KMF trip to Luchon.
Following a speech from KMF Group's Managing Director Gareth Higgins, a total of 12 awards were announced, including Best Time Keeping Attendance, Team Leader Choice Awards and Community Champion.
Arguably the top award of the night is KMF Group's Apprentice of the Year. It was given to current fabrication apprentice Liam Stubbs. Liam has grown significantly over the last three years, both in terms of skill and personality. He was explicitly recognised for his positive attitude, willingness to 'get stuck in' and consistent display of team-work.
Gareth Higgins, Managing Director of KMF Group, commented:
"We are exceptionally proud of Liam, and I am extremely pleased he has been crowned KMF's Apprentice of the Year. It is a testament to the amount of hard work and commitment he has put into his apprenticeship programme so far. He is a team player and role model to other apprentices, and we wish him huge success in his continued career at KMF."
Several other apprentices went home with awards on Friday night. Jack Gamble, an apprentice at KMF's CNC machining firm KMF Precision Engineering, won the Time Keeping & Attendance Award. Josh Clewlow, Jon Sharman, Lewis Peters and Oliver Whittaker were highly commended for Attendance. Jon Sharman, Ewan Spooner, Lewis Peters, Callum Hughes and Scott Mowat won the Team Leader Choice awards. Harry Meyrick was awarded Community Champion for sacrificing over 50 hours of his own time to community and charity projects, and Alex Jones received a special recognition award.
During the awards, special thanks were also given to Colin Brunt, a tutor at KMF who retired in July 2019. Colin has been with KMF since the start of their in-house programme in 2007 And in that time, has trained over 70 apprentices, with the last three years focussing on the development of the KMF Precision Engineering apprentices.
Applications for KMF Group's 2020 apprentice intake are now open. Apply online using the link below.