Young carers develop a unique skillset at a very early age.
They represent an incredibly helpful, committed, responsible and compassionate community, yet 49% of young carers aged between 18 and 25 are currently unemployed.
MYTIME’s emploability Programme exists to address this issue and to support these young carers into work or further education.
We understand that it can be difficult for young carers to identify a job or programme of study that fits around their caring role.
We also know that caring responsibilities can create difficulties for young carers in school. Some may not have achieved the formal qualifications often required by employers, colleges, or universities. Young carers may face obstacles in making their way in the world of work, but MYTIME is here to help level the playing field by working with young carers and employers to make sure they can achieve their full potential.
With the help of our highly experienced and qualified School Support Programme Manager and Employability Advisor, Emma, young carers can achieve anything they set their minds to.
Our Employability Programme takes place for six weeks. Emma will work with our young carers to explore career opportunities that might interest them, help them produce a professional CV, develop interview skills, and identify opportunities for work experience. Participant numbers will be limited to between 6 and 8 at a time, and funding is available to help participants cover transport costs if necessary.
Beyond the six-week project itself, Emma will keep in touch with all participants to see how they are progressing and offer assistance they might need to apply for full-time work.
Alongside our work with young carers, MYTIME is also working to educate employers about the number of young people affected by caring responsibilities and the challenges they face and the wealth of skills they have to offer. By engaging employers in this way, we hope to encourage them to offer more flexible working patterns and create working environments where young carers can thrive.
A wide variety of Dorset based businesses have agreed to support our Employability Programme already and to provide work experience placements for our participants. With contacts at over 100 local businesses, and close relationships with Bournemouth and Poole College, Bournemouth University and Brockenhurst College, we’re positioned to help young carers find fulfilment in an industry or a course to study that suits them.