Young Adult Carers Currently in Education
If you are currently accessing higher education it could be really helpful to let your college or university know that you have a caring responsibility. This will help them to support you if you need flexible working hours. There may also be grants and bursaries available to help you.
Newcastle Carers are currently working with education providers in Newcastle to help them to identify lead workers to support carers in education. If you would like any help to speak to your college or university, or if you want more information about what is available in your education setting, contact our Young Adult Carer Worker, Claire on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 0191 275 5060, SMS. 07874 100043.
Carers Trust has an employment guide to help young carers who want to get into work. Download the guide from the "Download Now" button.
Young Adult Carers Thinking About Education, Employment or Training
Often young adult carers struggle to access employment, education or training because of the additional caring responsibilities they have at home. This can be due to the fact that many young adult carers can struggle with time management and they may be up during the night looking after a family member, or may not feel able to access studies due to financial difficulties. Getting appropriate support for you and the person that you care for can help to overcome these barriers.
If you are thinking about going into employment, education or training and would like to know more about your options, the courses available, or how to apply for jobs and build your CV, etc. the following organisations could be helpful:
Newcastle UXL are dedicated to helping all young people maximise their true potential and raise their aspirations by supporting a wide and flexible range of apprenticeships, training and further learning opportunities.
They do not offer training directly but support young people to find appropriate training through the alliance of training providers they work with. This allows them to support young people in a more flexible and varied manner. Newcastle UXL’s ‘Future Focus – Pathways to Learning and Employment’ programme is a tailored, flexible support service offering information, advice and guidance on further learning and employment opportunities. Their staff have taken part in training around the needs of young adult carers so they are understanding about the additional pressures carers can face and can help you to find training that will work around your caring responsibilities.
Newcastle Futures offers a free confidential advice service to help you find a job or training opportunity. They have support workers in community venues all around Newcastle city, so they are easy to access and they have a dedicated 16-25’s worker who can help you with your CV, interview skills, application forms and loads more.
Newcastle Skills Hub
Skills Hub is based on the ground floor of Newcastle Central Library. It is a 'one-stop' shop for support with training, career and job advice. They also provide a programme of free events and workshops such as confidence building and cv writing. To find out more visit their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, or call in Monday - Friday between 10am and 5pm.
Connexions is based in Newcastle Central Library and provide careers information, advice, guidanceand support to young people aged 19 and under.
Space2 is in the centre of Newcastle. They provide a range of flexible support to young people up to 19 years old.
If you are not in employment, education or training and you are unsure of what you want to do the Princes Trust Fairbridge Programme can be a great place to start. They offer a one week programme that covers a range of skills including team building and confidence building. There are also opportunities to go on a residential and the chance to take part in a range of follow on training. We have had great feedback from young adult carers who have previously been on this course.
Fairbridge Programme contact details: West Fifteen, Whickham View, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6UN.
If you prefer to access support online the National Careers Service website has loads of helpful information, visit their website here.
There are a wide range of services available who can support you to find the right training or employment to suit your needs and don’t forget that you have rights as a carer so visit our working carers section if you want to know more about what to expect from your employer.
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