Spark! is a small UK-registered charity which provides employability training and work experience to young people in Hounslow, south west London. Spark! was established in 1980 to link schools and educational providers in the Hounslow area to local businesses.
In 2014 the Asfari Foundation funded a project enabling 180 young people aged 16-18 to complete the ‘KICKSTART Express’, a three-day training employability programme delivered in partnership with local schools. KICKSTART includes two days of workshops, focusing on key skills, CV writing, mock interviews and job search tactics, as well as a one day ‘site visit’ to a local employer. In 2016, the Foundation renewed its support for Spark!’s work, enabling 200 disadvantaged young people to complete the KICKSART programme. This programme is particularly valuable now that most schools no longer offer work experience, and contributes to the Foundation’s goals of helping young people become more employable and more involved in their local communities.