Sticking with apprenticeships

27 Oct 2020

Engineering capacity news posted by Andy Sandford

Custom sheet metal and machining specialist KMF has kept up its investment in apprentices for the tenth year running

KMF Group invests in young people every year and despite COVID-19  has taken on a further five apprentices this year.

Over the past 10 years over 100 people have come through KMF’s programme including 12 adult apprentices. This year  Shay Johnston, Aiden Sneyd, Oscar Evans, Kelly Palin, and Kyle Marshall have joined the award-winning precision engineering business.

The apprentices, all aged 16-18 years old, will complete an Engineering Operating Level 2 apprenticeship at KMF Group which is a four year programme.

Keith Nicholl, Commercial Director at KMF Group said: “Young people have been put in a really difficult situation this year but we think it’s vital that we continue to invest in them. There is a significant amount of talent locally and we want to provide opportunities to these young people who are the future of the business.

“It would be so easy to say, let’s just leave it for this year, but we see the fruits of the programme four years down the line, and we don’t want to lose a year of that.

“We’re also pleased to have Kelly Palin with us as we always actively recruit female apprentices. It’s so important to give women opportunities in the engineering and manufacturing industry, they bring such a great approach, with a different dynamic and various skill sets which always work well here.”

The group supports young people in developing their careers from their on-site, purpose built training centre. The students complete both their theory and practical work at the Newcastle-under-Lyme facility. The programme has grown rapidly and KMF Group now has four qualified teachers on-site at the EAL approved training centre.

Providing opportunities is at the forefront of the manufacturer’s culture and additionally more people are supported as they go on to higher education at degree level.

Keith added: “We have had many success stories that started out at apprenticeship level, and many of our senior members came through that route. They progress through the business and find roles suited to them from programming engineers, engineering planning, to business development and customer services roles.

“We’re not prescriptive as to the role they have to fill. We put a lot of time and effort into our apprentices which pays off tenfold as we now have a strong workforce comprising of staff that are hard workers and do a great job.”


Photo: Left to Right, apprentices Shay Johnston, Aiden Sneyd, Oscar Evans, Kelly Palin, and Kyle Marshall