Careers Guidance for Young Adult Carers

Young adult carers are twice as likely to be ‘not in education, employment or training’ as their peers. Recent research also shows that less than half (46%) thought they had received good careers advice and only one in five (19%) thought that it took their caring role into account.

Together with Barnardo’s CareFree Carers Support Service in Leicestershire, Carers Trust Fylde Coast Carers’ Centre and Warwickshire Carers Support Service, NIACE has piloted and adapted a careers guidance tool to meet the needs of young adult carers. Value My Skills for Young Adult Carers is an interactive card game designed to help young adult carers think about their current skills, future career aspirations and potential skills gaps. The cards can be used by individuals or in a group with the help of a support worker, to start a discussion, plan for the future, and write job applications, letters, personal statements or university applications.

NIACE is grateful to both Unionlearn and Dr Barrie Hopson, author of The Rainbow Years, from which the Value My Skills resource originated.