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Carers Trust: improving job prospects of young carers

Sheila Newbury talks about how our Community Day programme has supported employability projects over the past 10 years

"I have had the privilege of managing the Deloitte Community Day programme since its inception in 2005.

Our Community Days are a chance for our people to use their professional skills to support our society partners, providing employability skills to those most in need. In the past year around 900 of our people have participated in 63 projects with 35 different organisations aligned to helping prepare people for the world of work. 

Over the past two years, we have worked with Carers Trust to support young adult carers (aged 14 to 25) who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness, disability, mental health condition or an addiction. Almost a quarter of young adult carers are not in education, training and employment - often as a result of the social exclusion and isolation that a caring role can lead to. To give more of these young people the chance to find employment, our people have delivered a number of interview skills workshops. These workshops are aimed at improving the employability skills of the carers in a safe environment, providing valuable feedback from professional volunteers, and giving them the experience of a working environment. The feedback from everyone involved has been very positive; in particular, the carers told us that our support has helped build their confidence, learn new skills and feel more prepared to access employment.

Getting to meet professional people in a work-based environment was really helpful and being able to have feedback on my interview skills has made me feel more prepared to enter the world of work. The Deloitte guys were BRILLIANT!

Young adult carer.

In a recent workshop with the charity and a national cross section of young adult carers I helped them articulate their needs and how this could be communicated to employers when trying to access the world of work. This has resulted in the launch of the young adult carer employment resource ‘Getting into work: A guide for young adult carers in England’.

As I approach retirement, I am proud that with the support of Deloitte and its people, I feel I have achieved something truly worthwhile for the wider community."

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