September is always a great time for go-getters. It’s the start of a new term, the start of a fresh season and as the summer draws to a close we notice everybody knuckling down to take on their projects and dreams. This September saw the Spark+Mettle team, agents and past co-creators get together at The London College of Communication to herald in a new group of talented and creative applicants with bags of determination at our fourth Star Track Assessment Day.

Star Track is a fellowship programme for aspirational 18-24 year olds from all over the UK. It exists to provide unique opportunities to recognise strengths, form new skills and build networks in order to succeed in work and life. Every year we select no more than 20 amazing young people to work closely with from October to April and the Star Track Assessment is one of our first opportunities to meet them.

From one-on-one interviews to big pitches and games, this year’s Assessment Day was filled with activities that helped us to get to know one another, shining a light on strengths, passions and ambitions. The session kicked off with a bit of sharing, learning interesting facts about everybody, and teaming up to tackle group challenges. After that, energy levels went up, and up as we chatted inspirations and got excited over lunchalthough there might have been a tonne of fizzy drinks to blame for that. For our group exercise the new cohort tackled a marketing challenge. The task? Come up with an impactful publicity strategy for Graham Alcott’s new book, Knowledge Ninja. Suffice to say there were plenty of amazing and innovative ideas and some great ninja jokes too.

Every person in the room expressed their interest in Star Track in fantastic, honest and insightful ways and it was, of course, great to see the effects of previous years’ programmes in the confident mentorship and excellent direction of the past co-creators that joined us for the day to share their experiences. From poets and artists to tech maestros and budding business people, we were wowed by the enthusiasm, determination and the great feedback we received. Thanks to everyone for making the trip to London to take part, especially our newest co-creators from faraway places. We are thrilled to be working with you!

To check out our brand new cohort in all their glory, click here.