Celebrating the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award 2018

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) was proud to present the Higher Apprentice of the Year award at the SEMTA Skills Awards 2018 on Thursday 1 March 2018 in London. The award was won by Thomas French from KMF Group Ltd, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, is one of the UK’s and Europe’s leading precision sheet metal fabricators.

SEMTA is the Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technologies Alliance – a not-for-profit organisation responsible for engineering skills for the future of the UK’s most advanced sectors. The SEMTA Skills Awards celebrate and reward the brightest stars in engineering and 24 of the brightest stars in the country were nominated for awards.

The ETF sponsored the Higher Apprentice of the Year award and Neil Bates, ETF’s Associate Director for Technical Education Reforms and T Levels was on the judging panel. The award was which was presented by Alison Morris, the ETF’s Director of Sector Development, who said:

“Tonight is a celebration of the best in engineering skills in the UK – showcasing the ,most talented students, most committed employers and the best partners. Thomas was a shining example of how valuable higher apprenticeships are a way of starting a great engineering career and his promotion of apprenticeships at local schools shows the impact and commitment he has.”

Thomas French’s citation can be found on the SEMTA Awards website and you can watch his awards video:

The ETF is a big supporter of apprenticeships and has been promoting National Apprenticeship Week. The ETF already has a range of support such as its free Future Apprenticeships Provider Toolkit, self-assessment tools for end-point assessors and a portfolio of online resources. In addition, to this programme, a range of new programmes and resources will also be developed throughout the year in this area. The ETF will be hosting two briefing and networking events on teaching, learning and assessment of apprenticeship standards in London and Leeds on 9 and 10 April.



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