SkillsLink2Work is a fabulous new toolkit for carers.

It has been designed to help carers get back into work, or to empower them to seek a new career pathway, by spring-boarding from the skills they have already developed through their caring role.

The program is an initiative of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, the Commonwealth Government Department of Social Services and the NSW Community Services and Health Industry Training Advisory Body, who worked together with carers and other stakeholders to develop SkillsLink2Work.

Research tells us combining caring and paid work is a very high priority for many carers. The problem is that being out of the workforce makes it hard for carers to understand what jobs they could possibly apply for. That is why the toolkit was developed.

SkillsLink2Work encourages carers to think about how the skills, knowledge and experience they have built up as carers can be used to gain employment. It recognises that many of the skills carers have are in fact very easily transferrable to the workplace.

By getting carers to select the tasks they regularly perform in their caring role, the program is able to translate these into employment-related skills, and build a skills report for each individual that is suited to a wide variety of industries, not just paid care work.

Carers can then use the report for job applications and interviews, or skills recognition when enrolling in training.

The work skills (sometimes referred to as employability skills), used in the resource are from the Australian Government Core Skills for Work Framework. These 10 core skills are nationally recognised as relevant to all those undertaking work, not just those entering the workforce for the first time.

SkillsLink2Work is a free resource that has been developed under the NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019, a five-year plan by the NSW Government to improve the position of carers in NSW. DAISI (Disability & Aged Information Service INC), the association which hosts the Work ‘n’ Care newsletter, was one of the contributors to the project. 

The SkillsLink2Work website is very user-friendly and fun to navigate. The best way to get familiar with what it offers is to click on the “Start” icon to get a quick and clear overview of how the site works.

From there you can click on the “Tour” icon and be led, step-by-step, through the process that will generate your personalised skills report.

So what are you waiting for? Hop online and put your dreams of getting back into work into reality. It starts with a clear vision of what you want from life and then taking action – just one small step at a time.

You will find SkillsLink2Work will hold your hand and lead the way. Good luck in your job hunt!

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