Carers – employment and learning

Whether you've got a job, you're looking for a job, or you just want to learn something new – there's plenty of good advice to help you.

Getting a job

Work Solutions is a service we offer to help you get a job.  There are courses especially for carers.

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And when you get an interview, find out about getting a break from caring.

Your employment rights

You don’t have to tell your work that you're a carer, but if you do then your employer must offer you certain legal rights, including:

  • the right to ask for flexible working – such as reducing your hours or working from home
  • time off in emergencies – if the person you care for falls ill, has an accident or is without care unexpectedly, you have the right to take time off work to deal with it.

Your employer isn't obliged to offer you more than your legal rights, but some workplaces have policies that might give you more support or time off, for example through applying for a career break. Check with your employer or HR department to find out more.

Carer courses

Carers in Hertfordshire offer free sessions about being a carer – they're called Caring with Confidence.  They cover issues such as looking after your health and managing your income.

 

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