New Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit for young adult carers

25 January 2018

To celebrate this year’s Young Carers Awareness Day, Learning and Work Institute is pleased to announce the launch of a new toolkit to support young adult carers in making informed decisions about education and work.

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

To help break this cycle, the Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit provides staff with practical tips and resources to support young adult carers make informed choices about learning and work. It also includes materials to support the professional development of staff and for services to review and improve their offer to young adult carers.

A free webinar will take place from 12-1pm on Tuesday 13 February 2018 for anyone interested in using the toolkit. The webinar will introduce the toolkit, provide an opportunity for delegates to speak to one of the carers services involved in developing the pack, and suggest ways of using the resources within it. Book your place here.

The Learning, Work and Wellbeing Toolkit has been developed as part of Positive Career Choices, a three-year Department of Health-funded project which aimed to support young adult carers to make more informed decisions about education, training and employment.

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.”