Other opportunities (KS3, 4 & 5)

Beyond KICKSTART we offer a number of other employability and enterprise related opportunities at different points through the year to our partner schools.


BP Challenge

This highly organised and engaging day on-site at BP gives young people a fascinating insight into the company.

Engineering Challenge

Delivered in the past with the Army, we are now in discussions with the RAF as to whether they can deliver this with us in summer 2014.



In 2013/14, literature will be circulated by Spark!, but partner schools will register directly with Springboard the national organising charity.

Mosaic Enterprise Challenge

A national competition for secondary school students across the UK, designed to develop and encourage their entrepreneurial skills. Teams of students work with a mentor from the business community to learn about becoming future business leaders, play a simulation game, and come up with fantastic business ideas.   It is funded by Apax Partners and DCLG through BITC.   Spark! are co-ordinating delivery to Hounslow Schools.

Reservoir to Tap: The Network Challenge

Spark, in association with Thames Water, brings to Hounslow Schools ‘Reservoir to Tap: The Network Challenge’.  This is an exciting, award winning educational resource for Schools. Developed by Thames Water Engineers, it challenges students to design, build and commission a water supply network.  Winners from school-based competitions will take part in a borough final.

Young Filmmakers Competition

In year 2 of this three year programme we are challenging the young people of Hounslow to write, develop and produce a 20-30 minute drama or documentary.  The programme is supported by London Borough of Hounslow, Sky, West Thames College and Picnic Films.


Finance Conference

Delivered in previous years in partnership with Satro (our sister charity in Surrey), after a few years break, this is likely to relaunch in Autumn 2014.  This will have many echoes of the Spark! Science Days captured in this video…

Kempton Park Maths Day

Y8 students visit this world famous race course to develop their numeracy skills and see their real world application.


BSC Health and Safety at Work (Level 1)

Spark! is a British Safety Council approved centre to deliver the Health and Safety at Work (Level 1) qualification.  We deliver the programme in a one day workshop format hosted at your office/ school or our office.  The day ends with a multiple choice examination.

Careers Days

These have proven to be successful and in demand from local schools. With a new model introduced in 2012, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Eton Summer School

Since 2007 Hounslow schools have successfully applied for the Eton College Universities Summer School through the Spark! Team. The 2013 summer school saw 18 students from Hounslow schools involved.

GSK Careers Day

Offered exclusively to Hounslow schools through Spark, in Autumn 2013 this day long event will see 50+ students welcomed to GSK House.  Watch a short video of the March 2012 Careers Day at GSK Stockley Park…

Institute of Directors Leadership Programme

Spark! has teamed up with the West Thames branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and their members to support practical events including Mock Interviews, Interview Skills and Motivational Speeches.  This year we are piloting a new Leadership Programme with them in West London.

Higher Education & Apprenticeship Fairs

From 2014 we propose to organise three fairs across the borough for clusters of schools.

For more information on any of these opportunities please contact ruby.mir@sparklondon.org