Learning and Work Institute announces 6 pilots for ‘Positive Career Choices for Young Adult Carers’

14 November 2016

Funded by the Department of Health’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) grants fund, ‘Positive Career Choices for Young Adult Carers’ is working with six carers services across England to develop and pilot a tailored careers guidance programme for young adult carers.

Carers service staff will also benefit from an accredited information, advice and guidance course to improve their skills in delivering careers support to this group of young people.

The services piloting the programmes include:

  • Barnardo’s CareFree Young Carers Service, Leicestershire
  • Camden Carers Centre, London
  • Carers Federation Transitions Project, Nottingham
  • Carers Leeds
  • Warwickshire Young Carers Project
  • Wired Carers Service Warrington

Nicola Aylward, Head of Learning for Young People at Learning and Work Institute, said:

“Our work on young adult carers has shown that these young people rarely get the information, advice and guidance they need to make successful transitions into learning and work. This project aims to tackle this issue and equip carers services with the skills and knowledge they need to help young adult carers access appropriate and tailored careers support. We’re delighted to be working with these six carers’ services to help young adult carers make positive, informed decisions about their futures and ultimately build sustainable, rewarding careers.”

Young adult carers are young people, aged 16-24, who regularly provide unpaid care to a family member or friend.

Find out more here or contact Nicola Aylward nicola.aylward@learningandwork.org.uk