Getting Work Ready with Spear Brighton

Being 'work ready' is vital as young people seek their first steps into employment.  For some this isn't always easy – but not to fear, as the award-winning Spear Brighton 'Foundation Programme' is on hand to help.

The programme, designed specifically to help 16 to 24 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), helps candidates overcome the challenges they are facing to succeed in sustainable employment. It offers these young people the opportunity to challenge their mindset and improve their work readiness, which in turn enables them to kick start their career and find long-term employment.

The hands-on programme works with up to 90 young people each year, through six separate cohorts and Fonthill are pleased to be supporting one such group on this year's programme. 

There are four key aims of the programme.

1.To provide skills and training through coaching. This includes overcoming barriers & challenging attitudes and behaviours.

2. To Increase their level of working competency. This includes practical training such as writing a good CV, cover letter and mock interview practice.

3. To enhance the perception, relationship and links between each young person and local business.

4. To increase their long-term work opportunities.  This includes a year of 1:1 support on our next level 'Spear Career programme' for each young person who completes the foundation course.  

Such a comprehensive approach sees some impressive results, with 90% of the participants being noticeably more work ready, and more than 75% of those who complete the course being in work or further education one year after they graduated from the initial programme.

We look forward to following the success of this year's participants.  For more information on Spear Brighton and the programmes they offer visit  www.spearbrighton.org