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Why Should I Choose an Apprenticeship at KMF?

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Our social media over the next few weeks will heavily focus on National Apprenticeship Week which takes place from 5th to 11th February 2024.

But apprenticeships aren't just something we focus on for a few weeks of the year at KMF – they are an essential part of our business, we are hugely passionate about them, and embrace that they are a fundamental part of the company and its growth and progression. There are already a number of case studies and articles about some of our apprentices and mentors on this website, and that's something that we will continue to champion throughout 2024 and beyond.

Basically, we fully understand the true value and benefit that apprentices bring to KMF. That's why we invest so much time and resources into them – and will continue to do so.

The National Apprenticeship Week is now in its 17th year. It is a showcase and celebration of apprentices, employers, training providers, assessment organisations, parents, schools, colleges, and universities. The build-up and the week itself promote the benefits of apprenticeships and connected skills offers, showcasing progression opportunities, exciting new occupational standards, and lots more. It's a fantastic week and gives a very public focus on the benefits that apprentices bring to companies.


Technical Education has been transformed in recent years through programmes such as apprenticeships and T Levels – and we fully support and embrace that. That's why our apprentice's willingness to learn and fresh outlook embodies our business ethos at KMF, and that's why we place huge emphasis on the quality of what we provide.......we've already stated that.

We could provide generic positive statements about apprenticeships to show the esteem we hold them in – but we think it would be better to highlight our track record instead.

At KMF, we hope that the proof is in the pudding, as shown by the following apprenticeship statistics:

  • 100% of our apprentices are registered as STEM Ambassadors
  • We currently have 45 apprentices at KMF
  • Our Apprentices have attended Careers Fairs at over 30 schools
  • Since 2007, we have trained over 150 apprentices in Engineering Operations/Metal Fabrication/Engineering Technician Standards.
  • Over the last 12 months, we have had more than 75 work experience placements within KMF
  • Apprentices are put into charity teams and given the target or raising over £2500 per team for local children's charities
  • In June 2022, 13 KMF Apprentices graduated at the LEP Graduation Ceremony
  • Every year, KMF Apprentices take part in the World Skills UK competition, and every year they have achieved medals – 2022 saw 4 apprentices achieve Joint Gold, Silver, and Bronze
  • Our programme goes beyond the mandated elements and enhanced knowledge, delivering ROI within 6 months
  • Succession Planning: 50% of apprentices gained middle-management positions.
  • Workforce Stability/Cross-Functionality: Skilled in every department, apprentices allow us to cut overtime by 25%
  • Productivity Gains: Enthusiasm and new ideas, apprentices saved more than £20,000 in productivity cost savings
  • Through recruitment of our 2023 apprentice cohort, over 70% had participated in Young Engineer Of The Year Awards, demonstrating the sustainable talent pool of young people wanting to progress into STEM related employment

Our 2024 Apprenticeship Open Day ties in with National Apprenticeship Week.

Our Open Day is on Saturday 10th February from 10am to 2pm, and there are a number of time slots to choose from where you can visit our factory and find out about our award-winning Apprenticeship scheme from the experts and our apprentices themselves.

Last year was fantastic, and also very busy. That's why if you are coming, please book a time slot by registering here

We look forward to seeing you on the February 10th.

Saturday 10th February 2024
10:00 – 14:00
KMF Precision Sheet Metal Ltd, High Carr Business Part, Millennium Way,

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