KMF Group is celebrating after being named the UK's 'Large Employer of the Year' by the National Apprenticeship Service.
At a glitzy awards ceremony, KMF beat off fierce competition from major employers such as Channel 4 Television and Severn Trent to receive the award which highlights best practice across recruitment excellence, high-quality training practices, diversity and career progression.
KMF also received a 'Highly Commended' award for 'Recruitment Excellence' which celebrated the company's innovative approach to high-quality and diverse apprentice recruitment. Judges made special acknowledgement to the company's STEM outreach programme, KMF's Young Engineer of the Year competition, which reaches over 5000 students and invests £150,000 annually.
As a result of the win, KMF is also included in the prestigious Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer List 2018.
Jenny Conlon, Training and Development Manager at KMF Precision Sheet Metal, commented: "Being recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service is a great achievement that provides a real sense of accomplishment."
"Our apprenticeship programme is essential in training the next generation of technology-led engineering specialists and is a major strategy within its recruitment plan. We work hard to nurture a skilled team of employees who embody our values from day one – and we are passionate about providing each individual with opportunities to allow them to develop within our company."
To celebrate the achievement, KMF Group has opened applications for their award-winning metal fabrication and CNC machining apprenticeship for September 2019, aiming to recruit a record number of apprentices across the group.
The firm hope to welcome 18 new apprentices to their manufacturing facilities in Newcastle-under-Lyme, their largest apprentice intake to date, which increases their current apprentice cohort of 40 by nearly 50%.
KMF will be holding their annual apprentice open evening during National Apprenticeship Week on Wednesday 6th March, providing an opportunity for budding engineers to explore their sheet metal fabrication and CNC machining facilities and learn more about the training opportunities available within the KMF Group.