28 04 2020
Learning and Work Institute is working in partnership with The Carers Federation to improve the support that young adult carers receive in further education.
Starting in late 2019, this three-year project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, involves L&W working with 60 further education colleges, across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Colleges will receive tailored one-to-one support to review their provision for young adult carers and implement actions that will enable them to achieve better outcomes.
National data shows that young adult carers are three times more likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or training) as other young people and five times more likely to drop out of college. By understanding young adult carers’ needs and putting effective support in place and developing effective partnership working with local services, this project will give young adult carers good opportunities to benefit from learning and fulfil their potential.
We are now recruiting more colleges to the project and are particularly interested in hearing from colleges in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Our aim is to recruit different types of colleges from a range of geographical locations and at different starting points on their journey to improving provision for young adult carers.
The project builds on positive outcomes for six colleges involved in a pilot in 2018. Colleges reported a range of benefits of taking part including:
When does it start?
We will start working with colleges from October 2020.
What will it involve?
You will need to secure commitment from a member of your senior management team to participate in and fulfil the requirements of the free consultancy offer. This includes:
The support will also include:
How to apply
Colleges interested in taking up this opportunity should complete an application by Friday 11 September 2020.
Carers services are welcome to share this opportunity with any colleges that could benefit from this tailored support.
For further information about the project please contact research manager, Jackie Woodhouse.
Solihull College worked with Carers Trust Solihull to improve their support for young adult carers in the college. Find out more in these short films