New Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit for young adult carers

23 October 2017

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of our new toolkit to support young adult carers in making informed decisions about education and work.

The launch is being supported by a series of free workshops throughout November and early December, at which participants will receive a free hard copy of the toolkit.

Research shows that young adult carers face significant challenges in education, training and employment. They are twice as likely to be not in education, employment or training (NEET), on average achieve 9 lower GCSE grades and often have lower aspirations than their peers. As a result, these young people are at serious risk of experiencing a lifetime of limited career progression and a cycle of intergenerational disadvantage.

The Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit is designed to enable staff to work with young adult carers to help them make informed choices about learning and work, and clarify and achieve their career ambitions. It includes practical tips and resources for use with young adult carers as well as materials focussed on the professional development of staff and service improvement.

You can see a sneak preview of the toolkit by clicking on the images below.


To introduce the toolkit and provide training in using the resources within it, we are running a series of free workshops throughout November and early December. The workshops will offer support to staff from carers services, colleges and other organisations, and provide each participant with a free hard copy ahead of its launch early in the New Year. Book your workshop place here.

Nicola Aylward, Head of Learning for Young People, said:

“Our work with young adult carers suggests that these young people are even less likely to have access to good quality, tailored careers advice than their peers. This, combined with the added barriers that their caring responsibilities can create to learning and work, means they are at real risk of being trapped in low-paid, insecure work with little chance of progression.

“A crucial role for carers services and other organisations who work with young adult carers is to support them to overcome the practical challenges they face in education and work, raise their aspirations and fulfil their potential. Receiving support from someone who they can trust and who understands their situation, can make all the difference in enabling young adult carers to overcome barriers, develop high aspirations, achieve their goals and improve their long-term life chances.

“We’ve worked closely with six carers services and their young adult carers to develop the Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit. We believe that support staff will find both the pack and accompanying training extremely useful in equipping them with the knowledge, information and resources they need to help young adult carers choose their own path in life, as well as explore opportunities for their own personal and service development.”