The Bright Spark Awards, organised by the KM Charity Team, challenges primary and secondary schools in Kent to showcase their innovative and creative skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) with categories such as innovation, investigation and invention. As one of the judges and sponsors, global associates reviews awardentries from over 60 schools in what can only be described as a Dragons’ Den-style awards event.
Gary Smith, Design Engineer at global associates,recently visited the Bright Sparks launch where he was given a tour of the Community Lab at Discovery Park to see the incredible work from innovative young entrants in action.
Gary Smith said: “We are proud supporters of the Bright Sparks KM event. We think it is a fantastic opportunity for students to explore innovative and creative ways to get into STEM subjects. It is particularly important to us as a business and an engineering company as we recognise that there is an engineering skills gap and we want students to unlock the potential they perhaps didn’t even realise they had.”
Paul Wetherfield, CEO of global associates added: “We are fully committed to supporting local schools and are delighted to give something back to our community. Here at global associates, we are passionate about discovering and helping young talent flourish. This is the primary reason for setting up the global training academy 5 years ago, a market leading apprenticeship and training programme which continues to produce young talent for the future of our business and the industry. In a proud moment for us, two of our engineers, Joshua Austin and Luke Cuthbert were named as finalists in the 2019 BCIA Awards in the Young Engineer of the Year category.
We will continue to support Inspire Schools, the KM Charity Team and all of the pupils and schools who dedicate their time to inspire everyone with their amazing creations.”
Find out more about submitting entries and the competition here