Skills Innovation of the Year 2017
KMF is honoured for Skills Project
Staffordshire company wins Semta Skills Award again
An inspirational project which has exposed more than 17,000 young people to careers in engineering has won KMF Group Ltd a prestigious engineering award for the second year running.
KMF Group Ltd, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, beat off strong competition to pick up the honour for Skills Innovation, sponsored by GetMyFirstJob, last night at the Semta Skills Awards 2017 gala dinner in London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC presenter Alexander Armstrong.
KMF's Young Engineer of the Year, (YEOTY) is an inspirational project which is run with local high schools to promote engineering and technology as viable career paths, whilst at the same time enriching the student's learning experience and developing skills required by industry. Since its launch in 2013, KMF has worked with over 23,000 Year 10 students.
Each year YEOTY takes a STEM related theme and allows the Year 10 students to think outside their everyday norm. The project also provides students with industry contacts through sponsor companies linked with each school, who help to develop them through guidance and monitoring.
Over 200 school-leavers, involved in YEOTY secured placements with local employers and colleges, meaning this initiative is producing a sustainable local talent pool of future apprentices, which the business community can benefit from.
The direct results of YEOTY for previous students have been immense, with teachers’ feedback stating that the project improves focus, raises aspiration and in some cases, has significantly impacted positively on grades while it is dispelling the negative perception parents may have of the industry.
Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, the not-for-profit organisation tasked with skilling engineering and manufacturing in the UK said: “KMF is a very deserving winner of the Semta Skills Award. I have seen at first hand what a brilliant project the Young Engineer of the Year is, inspiring the next generation to gain practical experience and discover how exciting a career in engineering can be.”
Runners up were: Activate Business School & BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover & University of Bradford
Watch a video of KMF at the awards: