We build strong, impactful partnerships with trusts and foundations and together we’re tackling some of the most difficult social issues, such as youth unemployment through the Spear programme, and transforming thousands of lives as a result.
Our holistic approach, focusing on soft-skills and attitude, alongside the long-term change we bring about for young people sets us apart. Read more in the FAQs below.
Our team provide a personal service, working with you to find the best fit between your objectives and our work to bring about sustainable change. You will have a key contact and receive tailored proposals and regular reporting. Support from Trusts & Foundations of all sizes makes a real difference to our work.
The best way to find out more about us is to meet our amazing young people and coaches. Get in touch to arrange a visit to the Spear training room or attend a Spear Celebration.
Since launching the Spear Programme in 2004, over 6,000 young people have gone through the programme, and consistently 75% of those who completed the first six weeks of Spear (Spear Foundation) have not only gone into work or further training but remained there a year later.
The Spear Programme was written by a former corporate coach who tailored the corporate coaching model to the needs of disadvantaged young people. This approach empowers young people to take responsibility for their futures. Our Head of Coaching is a Master Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation, the highest level of coaching accreditation.
The initial 6 weeks of Spear focus on soft skills to help trainees tackle attitudinal and behavioural issues. It is about changing the mind-set of disengaged young people, challenging and supporting them into a positive commitment to work or further training. We aim to bring about a long-term change in our trainees, through equipping them with the tools to build resilience; negotiate conflict; manage their emotions; and take responsibility for their actions.
Following the initial six weeks, trainees have access to further job search support through tailored one-to-one coaching sessions, including some group sessions, working with them on their communication skills, job applications and interview preparation, until the young person has secured employment. Once in work, coaches also provide support to iron out any issues that may arise. At an appropriate time, they help trainees to start thinking about progressing in their career – whether by doing more hours, taking on more responsibility or moving to a job with better career prospects.
We partner with employers, including Burberry, EQ Investors (Financial Services), to provide employment opportunities to young people that wouldn’t necessarily be accessible to them. We also run a ‘Hire Me’ event six times a year, where young people have the chance to meet directly with local employers who have live job opportunities available. Additionally, we help our young people to get on apprenticeship schemes at leading companies, such as Accenture and Cisco.
Steve Coles, founder and Managing Director, intentionality CIC
David Hunter, International consultant to the nonprofit sector
Tuixen Foundation, supporting Resurgo since 2015
Rosanna Thomasoo, New Philanthropy Capital