National charity Carers UK launched Learning for Living in February 2020. It is a free, interactive online programme that supports carers across the UK in understanding the skills they use in their caring role, and how they can transfer these to the workplace.
According to Carers UK’s research, 2.6 million people have given up work to provide unpaid care to a loved one. The aim of Learning for Living is to boost carers’ confidence, as they often underestimate the value of the complex tasks they carry out whilst caring for someone.
Feedback from carers has been used to develop the programme, which started life as a collaboration between City & Guilds and Carers UK and has been funded by the Department for Health and Social Care.
Madeline Starr MBE, Director of Business Development and Innovation at Carers UK said: “We hope Learning for Living will help carers recognise their expertise and use it to review their job role, return to work, take up new opportunities, or participate in the community.”
There are five modules in the course, which take about two hours to complete. Carers will explore the learning and communication techniques that they use, as well as ways to develop assertiveness and confidence.
At the end of the course, carers receive a digital badge that documents their learning in a way that employers can recognise as part of their professional development.
You can learn more or sign up for the Learning for Living course: at https://www.learning4living.org/login/index.php