What is the Spear Programme?

The award winning Spear Programme helps 16-24s facing barriers to work overcome the challenges they are facing to find and succeed in sustainable employment. The initial programme runs for six weeks, with a year of support for each candidate to ensure long-term success.

Who and what is it for?

Spear Brighton is for 16 to 24 year olds facing barriers to work, who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). Building on the success of the Spear Programme in London, it offers young people in Brighton the opportunity to challenge their mindset and improve their work readiness. It enables them to kick start their career and find long-term employment.

What does it involve?

  • Coaching to overcome barriers & challenge attitudes and behaviours.
  • Practical training such as writing a good CV and mock interview practice.
  • A year of support for each candidate to help them find a job and succeed in work.

How does it work?

Spear Brighton works with up to 90 young people each year. The majority are referred by one of our partners – local job centres, youth offending teams, social services, and other local council representatives.

The Spear Programme has a strong track record of achieving significant results across 9 centres in London: over three quarters of those who complete the Spear programme get into work or further training, and are still there a year later. We anticipate similar results in Brighton. Read more about our impact.

What happens?

The Spear Programme has two phases:

1. 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.


2. Spear Career:

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

News and events

Spear Brighton Trust is fully committed to the welfare and safeguarding of all trainees, staff and partners, and all staff are trained and equipped accordingly.

Safeguarding Policy

Spear Brighton has a safeguarding policy and procedures in place that are in accordance with locally agreed inter-agency procedures.  This includes having a Designated Officer who is specially trained to deal with safeguarding concerns and liaise with other agencies as necessary. The Policy outlines the action staff should take if they are concerned that an adult or young person is suffering significant harm or is likely to do so, and the action that should be taken to promote the welfare of anyone in need of additional support, even if they are not suffering harm or are at immediate risk.

If you are concerned about a current Spear trainee, please call us and speak to the Centre Manager. Spear policies and procedures relating to Safeguarding and welfare are reviewed and updated at least annually and are available on request.