Inspiring employment

The Spear Programme

In adherence to the government updates surrounding Covid-19, we have made some changes to how we are supporting the young people in our city during this time.

We are pleased to confirm that our most recent cohort of Spear trainees have completed the programme virtually. Despite the challenge of not being able to meet face-to-face, the team and the young people have worked hard to make this a success, including making the most of zoom calls, telephone mock interviews with volunteers and attending an online Spear Celebration.

The Spear Programme, and the community it offers, is a real lifeline for so many of our trainees. All Spear completers are continuing to receive help and advice through Spear Career. We are busy calling trainees to understand their circumstances and needs. Career development (online training/education etc) and employability (entry-level roles in supermarkets, warehouses, etc) remains a priority, as well as having a shift towards supporting our trainees’ overall wellbeing. Many have stated a desire for support with mental health and we are working to create an online community at this time to help provide this support and connection.

In addition, we are also currently discussing other ways of supporting the wider needs of young people in our city at this time. We are committed to ensuring that we are prepared to support the young people we haven’t yet met who will be coming out of this crisis with more barriers to employment than ever.  It is clear that it is the cohort of young people we specialise in supporting that will be worst affected by the economic downturn we are now anticipating. Our Spear Programme will be needed more than ever.

If you have any questions, please do contact us as normal via email james.hyde@spearbrighton.org

Thankyou for your support.

The award-winning Spear Programme helps young people overcome the challenges they face and build vital skills for their career, be fully prepared for the workplace and commit to long-term employment.

 

Our vision is to transform the lives of up to 90 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Brighton each year, giving them the support, skills and confidence they need to get into work (or re-enter education) and begin to build a future filled with hope.

Since the programme began 15 years ago in London, Spear has impacted the lives of over 5,000 16-24 year olds. 75% of those who complete the Spear programme not only get into work, but remain there a year later. Spear Brighton was launched in September 2018 and is the first Spear programme outside of London.

 

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