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Training firm expands into South Yorkshire

A North East-headquartered training firm has made its first foray into South Yorkshire after winning a clutch of new contracts in the county.
Sara O’Brien, commercial director at KF Training

A North East-headquartered training firm has made its first foray into South Yorkshire after winning a clutch of new contracts in the county.

County Durham-based KF Training has expanded rapidly since it was launched in 2011, opening two more outlets in the North East as work flooded in.

Now the company has clinched deals with several South Yorkshire firms and is in the process of recruiting staff to service the extra workload.

One of the contracts is with Sheffield-based stainless steelmaker Outokumpu, which is putting many of its first line supervisors through KF Training’s leadership and management programme. Eventually the programme will be rolled out to 113 staff in Sheffield. Outokumpu has its headquarters in Finland and employs more than 11,000 employees in 30 countries including Scandinavia, Europe, North America and Asia.

Barbara Ayres, HR manager at Outokumpu said:

We are continually looking at ways of improving the skills base of our employees in our business and we highlighted a training need within our first line supervisory team. As a result of our partnership with KF Training, more than 100 of our people will get an opportunity to learn special techniques that will help them develop and improve the performance of their respective teams.

This will be vital as we look to succeed in an ever more competitive environment in the stainless steel and advanced materials markets.

KF Training delivers business-focused skills programmes and consultancy services across the North of England. Headquartered in Peterlee, County Durham, the fast-growing business was launched in 2011 by managing director Kelly Lee and now employs 52 people. With four specialist training divisions covering innovation, leadership and management, continuous improvement and business skills, KF Training has helped dozens of clients to build strong, dynamic businesses and develop a highly skilled workforce.

Sara O’Brien, commercial director at KF Training, said:

Our partnership with Outokumpu is one of several contract wins for us in Yorkshire, which is a key part of our growth strategy. We discovered that this part of the country has a range of training needs in key growth sectors including advanced manufacturing, healthcare technologies, creative and digital, life sciences and low-carbon technologies.

We are currently recruiting staff who can help us achieve our goal of building our presence in Yorkshire.

For further information about KF Training visit, call 0191 518 6830 or e-mail

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