Young Adult Careers

Figures from the 2011 census show that there has been a 25% increase in the number of young adult car-ers, aged 16-25. Young adult carers are far more likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or train-ing) than their peers, and  they experience a range of difficulties and disadvantage – including poverty, isolation, physical and mental health difficulties – which have consequences for them and their families throughout their lives.

We are leading the way in raising awareness of the learning needs and experiences of young adult carers. In England, we convene The National Policy Forum for Young Adult Carers, supported by BIS, and its members – including young adult carers – have been active in influencing national developments and ensuring that young adult carers are high on the national policy agenda. Alongside the Forum, we are working with a range of partners to pilot innovative approaches to career reviews for young adult carers, building on our ground-breaking Mid-Life Career Review work (The Learning and Work Institute England site).

Through the WE Care project local pilots in England we consulted over 40 young adult carers, as well as a number of learning providers and support agencies, whose views have influenced the development of the resources including Voices of Young Adult Carers, Really Useful Book of Learning and Earning for Young Adult Carers and Case studies of effective practice in supporting young adult carers to make positive transitions in learning and work. (The Learning and Work Institute England site).

We have also produced Financial Capability Resources to enable staff working with young adult carers to develop skills, confidence and practical ideas for supporting them to improve their financial capability and money management skills.