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Spear is our award-winning programme bridging the gap between unemployed 16-24 year olds and businesses. Spear is a twelve-month programme beginning with an intensive six-week foundation phase aimed at getting young people ready for work. Our Career Coaches then work with young people for twelve months to help them find, sustain and progress in work or further training.

Over 2,500 young people have completed Spear over the past decade. More than 75% of students go back to education or find work and remain there a year later. These are outstanding outcomes, compared to other public or private initiatives. The Camden Spear Trust exists to encourage the best possible opportunity for change in the lives of young people, and we believe that this is exactly what the Spear Course offers. We are excited to facilitate its launch in North London.

To learn more about the Spear Course, please click here

Youth unemployment

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 ‘not in employment, education or training’ (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.

Our response

The Camden Spear Trust 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 Course to serve unemployed young people, and to bring awareness of their plight to our community. The first course started on 16th September 2013.

Camden Spear Trust, Holy Trinity Church, Finchley Road, London NW3 5HY.
Registered charity number 1156643