Young adult carers to get support to build rewarding careers8 March 2016
Young adult carers could benefit from improved career support, thanks to a new project from Learning and Work Institute.
The project ‘Positive Career Choices – Young Adult Carers’, which is funded by the Department of Health’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) grants fund, begins in April and will see Learning and Work Institute working with local providers of support for young adult carers.
Nicola Aylward, Head of Learning for Young People at Learning and Work Institute, said the money will enable personalised careers support for young people with caring responsibilities:
“We’re delighted that we’ve been awarded this funding and will be using it to work with providers who can help young adult carers make positive, informed decisions about their future.
“Getting into and staying in learning is often a struggle for young adult carers, but with good advice and support, we can make a difference to hundreds of young adult carers’ lives, helping them move into learning and work 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.