An encouraging sight for the future engineering workforce

2019 marks our third year sponsoring the KM Bright Spark Awards. The community initiative organised by the KM Charity Team and Inspire Schools aims to raise awareness of opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) amongst students across the South East.

The dragon’s den-style awards event challenges primary and secondary schools in Kent to showcase their innovative and creative abilities with hopes of inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists.

The competition categories include:

  • Innovation
  • Investigation
  • Invention

The finalists will be invited to the awards event at Discovery Park, Sandwich in July, during which videos detailing student projects will be shown before they are quizzed by the judges.

ITL is sponsoring the event alongside BAE Systems, Pfizer, Highways England, Golding Homes, Megger and more, and will present a range of prizes, with the overall winners receiving £500.

With just three weeks remaining to submit entries for the school-science competition, all sponsors are urging teachers, schools, parents and even students from across the country to submit their video entries by May 31st to be in with a chance of winning an award.

Tom Cole, Managing Director at ITL, commented:

“Inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists is not only fundamental to our business but to the wider community as well. As an engineering company specialising in the development of life-saving medical technology, we’ve experienced first-hand the impact of the skills gap and gender divide. When we began sponsoring the Bright Spark Awards back in 2015, we used it as a way to find ourselves an apprentice, and it worked!
It’s fantastic to support this initiative and recognise the intelligence and curiosity of the students. STEM subjects can often be seen as difficult, and inaccessible – the Bright Sparks Awards showcase the cool side of these subjects, and how a career in these sectors can be not only fulfilling, but fun too.”

Marketing Coordinator, Becky Lipscombe said:

“Technological change is what creates lots of exciting new job roles. Students of today are interested in the latest technology, in sport, in fashion etc. but don’t necessarily realize that without engineering, none of that would be possible. Engineering now gives people – whatever their gender, whatever their ethnicity – the perfect launchpad to a strong career. After all, we’re always going to need engineering.”

Nominations for the Bright Spark Awards 2019 are now closed.

Read more: ‘Competition judges target science gender divide

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