By Mark Raines, Head of Marketing at Carl Kammerling International
At Carl Kammerling International, we remain fully committed to supporting the next generation of professional electricians, and were delighted to hear that we are to receive a ‘Business Recognition 2021’ award for our work with Leicester College. Our ‘Bright Sparks by CKI’ college sponsorship scheme began in 2003, and has provided Leicester College with quality hand tools and training resources to help students develop their skills. Bright Sparks by CKI has a great future and this year we look forward to including exciting new elements to the scheme that allow students to benefit even more during their studies.
About the ‘Bright Sparks’ Scheme
Since the scheme began in 2003, Carl Kammerling International has supported over 50,000 students and now provides 60 colleges across the UK and Ireland with free professional standard C.K tools for use in their workshops. The Bright Sparks initiative continues to flourish and supports the continued development of students whose aim is to become the best professional electricians within the industry, whilst also providing and promoting the importance of the use of professional standard hand tools.
A Course Tutor’s Insight
Neil McManus, Construction T level Programme Area Manager, was asked about his many years of loyalty to the Bright Sparks scheme: “At Leicester College, the scheme helps to support students by providing them with C.K industrial standard tools made of high quality materials to use in our workshops. This makes learning new practical skills easier to achieve, and enables the college to support and sponsor students with tools for use on site or into employment.
“The scheme also builds student confidence to carry out electrical skills by using first class tools. They look professional, and the insulated tools keep students safe on site.
“Access to the Productwise website at Carl Kammerling International supports learners with knowledge, which hopefully helps them to attain high grades in their final exams. The website also supports CPD for staff and students, and provides certificates of achievement for students to use when applying for work.”
What’s New About Bright Sparks?
This year, Bright Sparks is set to be further enhanced, to enable students to get the most out of the scheme. There will be a strong focus on educational aspects, which will continue to provide C.K hand tools for practical lessons, with the addition of knowledge that is designed to support theory-based lessons. A series of educational posters will be available, as well as full access to Productwise, a great online learning resource packed full of useful information.
Staying connected will become an integral part of the Bright Sparks by CKI scheme, bringing together a community of Bright Sparks colleges to give our ever-growing social media audience an insight into how students are progressing in their studies. There will also be news of special events, such as award ceremonies with presentations of C.K Tool kits and certificates for exceptional students, in recognition of their efforts and progression during the college year.
Next year will see us celebrate our 20th year in partnership with Leicester College, and we very much look forward to continuing that successful relationship to help support the professional electricians of the future.