What is the Spear Programme?

The award-winning Spear Programme helps 16-24-year-olds 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 participant to ensure long-term success.

Who and what is it for?

Spear Islington is for 16-24-year-olds who face different challenges and are not in education, employment or training (NEET). It offers young people in Islington and the local area 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 Islington 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.

What happens?

The Spear Programme has two phases:

1. Spear Foundation:

Getting You Work Ready – Coaching sessions over six weeks, from 1:30pm – 4pm, four days a week. You will be in a group of around 15 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.