Spear is a 6 week programme equipping unemployed 16-24 year olds into work or further training & education. Of those who graduate, 75% remain in work or education a year later. Spear currently runs 4 centres in West London and aims to have opened 12 centres by 2015.
January 2011 - December 2015
Charity information: Resurgo Trust
Spear seeks to address the problems associated with worklessness in young people between the ages of 16 and 24. Today, more than one in five 16-24 year olds in the UK are not in education, employment or training with one in six children growing up in a household where no one works . This is creating a culture of worklessness and benefits dependency that is compromising the physical, mental, emotional and economic wellbeing of a significicant proportion of this generation.
The interactive course addresses the most common causes of underachievement such as the absence of motivation and life skills through coaching; job search training; offering an accredited customer service qualification; generating fresh employment opportunities; and providing personal and trustworthy advice, guidance and ongoing support.
To have opened 12 Spear centres by 2015.
Activities» Spear is working closely with Impetus Trust (venture philanthropy organisation) to build capactiy for this ambitious expansion.
Success will be seeing 12 Spear centres open by 2015, each with a capacity to serve 90 students. 75% of those students who graduate will be in work or education one year later.
The project will enable Spear to access a much larger population of 16-24 year old young people who are not in education, employment or training in a wider geographical area. With 12 centres open, the Spear project could serve over 1000 unemployed young people each year. Success will be demonstrated when the centres are opened and are operating with the same quality standards as current centres and seeing similar outcomes to those acheved thus far.
The main risk is resourcing the project with enough Spear trainers. Whilst it has not been hard to find the right candidates, there is a limit to the 'life' of a Spear trainer and a need to work on reducing the turnover of Spear staff. A new project is being piloted which provides Spear type training to managers in Corporates. This aims to increase variety in their roles and in turn their length of stay with the organisation. It will also be an attractive offering to potential recruits.
Spear writes a quarterly newsletter and also provides news bulletins with any 'hot off the press news'. The project also has a website which it is re-launching in August: www.spearcourse.org.
Budget - Project Cost: £584,909Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £272,976 Salaries Coaching staff to deliver course £56,550 Operations costs Costs to run the course including rent. £66,878 Business Development Towards Spear expansion £44,491 HR & Finance HR & Finance support £43,468 Fundraising and Marketing Fundraising Costs (not including party) £47,749 Fundraising PArty Annual Fundraising Party costs £52,797 IT, Telecoms & Capital Expendi Including support
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Hammersmith & Fulham Council £149,000 Conditional Hammersmith United Charities £30,000 Conditional Wates Foundation £15,000 Guaranteed Impetus £12,500 Guaranteed Individual Donation £5,000 Conditional
The project is currently located in West London but the aim is to expand across London and beyond.
Beneficiaries are normally between the age of 16 and 24, but subject to this limitation, students are accepted regardless of background, faith, gender or any other personal circumstance. There is no financial charge for students attending the course.
Spear has been operating since 2004 and since that time has seen more than 75% of its graduates enter work or return to education and remain there a year later. Spear was highly commended by the CAF Charity of the Year Awards 2008 and by the Centre for Social Justice Awards for 2009. Spear has recently been adopted onto the portfolio of venture philanthropy trust, Impetus and hasbeen endorsed by a number of public figures including Prime Minister David Cameron and Stephen Timms MP.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
The Spear Coaches
Each Spear coach delivers the Spear course in a group and one-to-one setting transforming the lives of over 100 young people a year.