Leading precision sheet metal fabrication & precision engineering firm, KMF Group has been announced as this year's 'Training Excellence' winner at The Sentinel Business Awards 2020.
The winners were announced in the Stoke-on-Trent newspaper and online on the 9th July 2020. Normally this would be done at a glamorous awards ceremony held at the King's Hall in Stoke, in front of an audience of guests and VIPs but sadly, due to the pandemic and its effects, the celebration was unable to go ahead this year.
The Sentinel Business Awards is a large annual event that recognises both individuals and employers who excel in their fields. Award categories range from Apprentice of the Year, Business in the Community, Business Innovation and concludes with Business of the Year.
When recognising KMF as the Winner of the Training Excellence Award, The Sentinel said:
"After realising retirement was looming for more than 50 employees, KMF launched an in-house training scheme to prevent it from losing the vital skills which are key to the running of the business.
The Newcastle company set-up the scheme in 2007 in a bid to up-skill workers and train young apprentices.
It invested more than £2 million to open the KMF Training Centre at its base at High Carr Business Park – boasting the latest engineering technology.
In 2015, KMF pledged to increase its annual intake of apprentices to 10 and for the first time, introduced the adult apprenticeship scheme for current members of staff who wish to enhance their training or learn new skills.
Now KMF has scooped the Training Excellence Award at this year's Sentinel Business Awards."
Jenny Johnston, Training & Development Manager at KMF received the Award on KMF's behalf and commented: "We are thrilled to be receiving The Sentinel's Training Excellence Award. Investment in our people is at the heart of KMF's business strategy and we remain committed to exploring the ways we can develop the skills and communication of our staff, from apprentices to management."
KMF also sponsored a category at the Awards, Start-Up of the Year, with was happily received by family-run, specialist Brickwork & Stonework contractor, VaLu Construction.