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The Spear Programme helps young people facing disadvantage into work or education. We know that young people have huge potential; we’re helping to change what they believe about themselves by equipping them with confidence, motivation and the vital skills they need to succeed in long-term employment.
The Spear Programme is for 16-to-24-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds not in education, employment or training (NEET). It starts with a six week coaching programme that helps young people overcome challenging attitudes and behaviours. It also includes practical training such as writing a good CV and mock interview practice. The young people are then supported for a year to help them find a job and succeed in work.
We have a strong track record of achieving significant results: over three quarters of those who complete the Spear Programme get into work or further training and are still there a year later.
To learn more about the Spear Programme, please click here.
Across London, young adult unemployment is at its highest since figures started being collected in 1993 and is still rising, with over one million young people out of work. In Camden, there are 28,654 households with no adult in employment, and of those households just over 1,300 also have dependent children.
These numbers expose a desperate need in Camden and across North London. Our young people face an increasingly challenging environment in which to find work. And difficult times become an absolute barrier to achievement and employment in a young person whose circumstances are less than optimal. Disadvantages range from never having seen a parent, or even a grandparent, go to work every day to simply never having been given good advice and encouragement. With so many barriers to their success, it is no wonder that 16-24 years olds NEET’s have become one of the most challenging groups in which to bring about change, and a group that many consider beyond help. And yet as a community we literally cannot afford to give up on this young generation.
Spear Camden believe that more is possible for these young people. It is our aim to bring our community together to help its most disadvantaged youth. To that purpose, The Trust launched the Spear Programme to serve unemployed young people, and to bring awareness of their plight to our community. The first course started on 16th September 2013.