KMF's Training and Development Manager, Jenny Johnston, has been announced as a finalist of The Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards.
The annual awards, now in their 37th successive year, aim to promote positive female role models who inspire all areas of society and the business community.
Working at KMF for over 17 years, Jenny started her career with us as a health and safety officer. She has progressed to Training & Development Manager, responsible for KMF's training, development and recruitment strategy and the firm's award-winning young and adult apprenticeship schemes. Recognised as a Women of the Year finalist, Jenny is known for her contribution to apprenticeships and encouraging females into engineering & STEM subjects. See what WOTY had to say about Jenny below.
"KMF is one of the UK's leading sheet metal fabrication and precision engineering firms, headquartered in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Jenny was the driving force behind KMF's move to in-house apprenticeships in 2007, which ensures that KMF has a skilled and sustainable workforce that it needs to grow and meet future growth ambitions.
Passionate about the opportunities provided by apprenticeships and careers in STEM subjects, Jenny is also a prominent Apprentice Ambassador within her wider community. As the chairperson of the West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, Jenny organises ambassadorial activities, recruits apprentice ambassadors and supports other organisations in the development of their apprenticeship schemes.
Jenny has made a significant contribution to the development of the Fabrication Level 3 and Engineering Operative Level 2 standards and in 2016 was recognised by The Manufacturer Top 100 as a 'Driver of Cultural Change' in the manufacturing industry and an 'innovator' in the way she encourages young people towards STEM careers. This is evident through the Young Engineer of the Year school engagement project which has worked with over 23,000 young people and invested over £800,000 into local schools since 2012, creating a sustainable talent pool of future engineers."
KMF continues to be recognised as a TOP 100 UK Apprentice Employer and now offers in-house engineering and business apprenticeships across the KMF Group.
Winners of the Women of the Year competition will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday 25th October 2019 at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole.