65% have at least three barriers and 54% did not achieve English and Maths GCSEs at school.
‘Spear Foundation’ refers to the initial 6-week phase of the Spear Programme; this is followed by one year of coaching support.
These work ready indicators we use have been recognised as a reliable predictor of employment outcomes.**
* We measure disadvantage using 12 barriers to employment, including: eligibility for free school meals; criminal record; care leaver; low educational attainment; caring responsibilities; homelessness and family involved in crime.
** The Work Ready Indicators we developed measure the following: attitude, confident communication, professional behaviour, self-leadership and mindfulness of others. The Tavistock Institute carried out a process evaluation of the Spear Programme in 2017, concluding that “There is strong evidence that the Spear programme benefits the young people in relation to their work-readiness”.