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Latest exceptional manufacturing apprentice recognised

Congratulations to Charlie Walford of the UKF Group, winner of the UK Manufacturing Apprentice of September. Charlie deservedly picks up this months prize of £100 of Amazon Vouchers.

Upon notification of his win, Charlie said “I’m delighted to have won this award. The knowledge that I was nominated was enough for me but winning it is an added bonus.”

Charlie has been working hard in more than just one department at The UKF Group, applying his hard work throughout the company.

(l-r) Charlie Walford, September’s manufacturing apprentice winner with Operations Director, Chris Morris / Picture: AMI


Operations Director, Chris Morris said, “Since joining us in January, Charlie has shown real potential and has achieved everything we’ve asked of him. His ability to apply what he learns on the shop floor to his roles within the office has made him a real asset to the team. We can’t wait to see where his future will take him.”

The UKF Group partnered with The Apprenticeship Centre to take on the Group’s first apprentice, Charlie. The Apprenticeship Centre has been providing courses and qualifications for manufacturing industries and associated sectors for over 8 years, they work to place the right people with the right businesses. The UKF Group are excited with Charlie’s progress so far and looks forward to taking on further apprenticeships in the future.

Charlie Walford joined the UKF Group in January 2018 on a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business and Administration. Charlie plays a pivotal role in the day-to-day operations of The Joint Perforating Company (part of The UKF Group). As Office Administrator, he is responsible for: processing orders; checking stock levels; raising work orders; and regularly updating customers on their orders.

When asked about how he’s finding his time at the UKF Group, Charlie added, “The training I’ve received from the UKF Group has been first class. Since joining the Head Office, I have felt nothing but welcomed here. Through their support and guidance, I have obtained a thorough understanding of the Group’s operations and a confidence in their CRM system.”

PA to the Directors, Jess Williams is preparing for her maternity leave and Charlie will be given an opportunity to demonstrate the skills he has learned as he takes on further administration responsibilities for both the UKF Stainless and The Joint Perforating Company brands.

The UKF Group’s portfolio includes UKF Stainless, The Joint Perforating Company, Ferrari Stainless and Alloys, and Stainless Metals & Alloys. Through these brands, the UKF Group supplies stainless steel and aluminium materials across the UK and Europe.

Each brand has specific roles and responsibilities that it works towards to maintain the ongoing growth and success of the UKF Group and our business partners.

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