We know you can

Sign up for the Spear Programme

In just six weeks, you can change your situation

Is this for me?


  • Are you 16-24 years old?
  • Are you not currently working or in education?
  • Are you available weekdays 2pm – 5pm for six weeks?
  • Can you get to our Brighton centre easily?

What to expect


  • Interview training and practice
  • Impressive CV and cover letter
  • Customer service qualification
  • 12 months of career support

What Happens?

The Spear Programme has two phases:

Spear Foundation:

Getting You Work Ready – Coaching sessions over six weeks, from 2-5pm, four days a week. You will be in a group of around 15 other people in a similar situation to you. The group is run by friendly and experienced coaches. Our coaches provide training in the skills you need to get a job, such as interview practice, CV writing, how to speak professionally and how to present yourself well.

Spear Career:

Getting Into Work & In-Work Support – practical group workshops and 1:1 coaching over 12 months to help you secure employment and, once in work, to support you to sustain and thrive in your role.


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What’s different about it?

We believe you can overcome whatever barriers you face. Low confidence, mental health problems, a criminal record or no qualifications don’t need to prevent you from finding meaningful work and building a career.

Who can join?

The Spear programme is designed for young people, 16 to 24-years-old, who are not in education, employment or training. You need to be available Monday to Friday, 2pm – 5pm for six weeks. You need to be able to travel to our centre: The Phoenix Centre, 2 Phoenix Place, Brighton, which is in central Brighton near the Level.

Can you guarantee a job?

We provide you with the skills and confidence to seek employment and will support you in your efforts to find a job. Three out of four people who complete the initial six weeks of Spear get into work or further training and are there a year later.

What kinds of jobs do people do after the Spear Programme?

Candidates go into a variety of jobs, from customer service, business admin, construction to a range of apprenticeships. Others go back to college or on to university. Once you’ve got a job, our coaches keep in touch with you for a year to help you think about the next steps in your career.

How much does it cost?

The Spear programme is completely free.

Spear Programme stories

Louise, Spear programme trainee

“I recently turned 21 and for a long time I thought I missed my chance to be something. I had discovered my passion and talent too late. I had to leave my first job due to struggling with my mental health. After that I spent my day-to-day life on Youtube or at the Job Centre. I had grown accustomed to being a leech on society and believed that was all I’d ever be. Then one day I was introduced to Spear. They have taught me everything I need to know in any workplace through games, mock interviews and a trip to an actual workplace. And they taught me about resilience, the ability to push through what life throws at you!”

Khadeejah, Spear programme completer

Khadeejah found the Spear programme to be life changing. Spear gave her the courage and motivation to believe in herself.

Daniel, Spear programme trainee

“I didn’t do well at school, I never wanted to be in class, didn’t want a job and later in life I didn’t really want to be around anymore. I went to the Brighton Job Centre and they told me about the Spear programme. I have learnt how to be more resilient, I’ve picked up key tips for interviews and realise that I can work in teams – it was just a choice I had to make. The past six weeks taught me that nothing should stop you… the next step is to get into work.”