Dorset based MYTime Young Carers Charity has successfully bid for £13,500 of grant funding which will allow the ambitious charity to launch its Young Carers Employability Programme.
The Employability Programme seeks to support young adult carers, aged 18-25, who are currently not working or in education.
MYTime Executive Director Krista Cartlidge said, “For a young carer, making the transition from childhood into adulthood can be complex and challenging as a result of their significant caring responsibilities.
“This can have a substantial effect on their engagement with education and employment. Young carers miss on average 48 school days per year, accounting for them missing almost 25% of their education and as a consequence young carers can achieve lower grades at GCSE than their peers.
“Their caring responsibilities also mean that they struggle to find employers who are able to offer them the necessary flexibility that they require to allow them to work.”
The Employability Programme participants will attend 6 face to face sessions, each lasting 2 hours over a 6- week period. Course content and activities will include:
· Exploring potential careers paths. Providing the support and guidance needed to identify and access a job or further education course which both interests them buts also fit alongside their caring responsibilities.
· A CV Writing Workshop- giving participants will have the opportunity to write a CV and consider how all of the skills they have developed as carers can be useful in the workplace.
· Interview Skills training
· Mock interviews with local business leaders from the charity’s project partners.
· Support in applying for work experience placements with a project partner.
· Attendance at an awards evening celebrating the successes and achievements of participants
Continuing Krista said, “We are very fortunate to count some outstanding Dorset based businesses as our partners for this project. Supporting businesses involved include: Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, Greendale Construction Limited, Barker Group, Inspire Accountancy, Intergage Digital Marketing Agency, KTPR and Camden Bar and Kitchen.
“We are also looking for other businesses to come on board and be a part of this journey that these young people will be on. It’s an opportunity for a business to make a massive difference to the life of a young carer and potentially change their direction in life.”
Any businesses interested in becoming project partners are urged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Employability Programme Manager Emma Fry, who is an experienced and qualified Careers Advisor added, “Please do get in touch if you know of a young carer who would be eligible to attend this programme. We would love to hear from you. email@example.com Tel: 01202 710701”