The company donated a substantial quantity of wiring accessories to the college to help students complete this important part of their curriculum. Like many colleges, budgets for electrical devices are stretched, so Knightsbridge’s gift of switches, sockets and other accessories was gratefully received by the Electrical and Engineering Department.
Steven Croft, Head of Engineering, explains: “The opportunity for our students to work with quality components is an absolute godsend. They can install, uninstall and work on the products time and time again. Previously we’ve had to source inferior components which just didn’t last, cracking or breaking even after a few installs. This just added further pressure to our already strained budget. This donation from Knightsbridge has been massive for us.”
Bedford College caters for 280 electrical installation and 150 engineering students per year, all working to their respective level two or three apprenticeships and the practical side of the course is a significant part. Facilities include 22 installation bays where various commercial, industrial and domestic environments can be simulated to give students hands-on experience.
“The feedback we’ve had from students about the Knightsbridge kit has been both amazing and enlightening. They clearly respect working with quality equipment and therefore value what they’re doing so much more. They have pinpointed things like ‘good quality’, ‘smoother installation’ and even working with the Knightsbridge kit as being ‘the highlight of the course,” continues Steven.
Hannah Liscombe, Head of Marketing, comments: “We are delighted to have been able to provide Bedford College and the students with this donation. And we are doubly pleased that not only have the students been extremely positive about the kit, but that we’ve been able to support the students on their apprenticeship journey. It’s a win-win for all concerned!”