In 2021, Carers WA engaged Huber Social who are an organisation that have developed a framework, to measure the social impact of programs globally.
The aim was to measure the wellbeing of Be Job Ready participants prior, during and after their engagement with the 10 week skills course through a participant survey during December 2021 to March 2023.
The survey responses were anonymous and independently analysed, below are the key findings:
- Carers have a +24% increase in their wellbeing after completing the program compared to when they first began. An improvement in wellbeing of +10% is further seen at 3 months post program compared to when they finished the program.
- By the end of the program carers experienced a 78% increase in a sense of belonging and feeling part of a community.
- A 74% decrease in feelings of anxiety and/or being isolated.
- 3 months after participants completed the course they experienced a 48% decrease in mental or emotional health barriers that were making it difficult to find and/or maintain a job or study.
- Both qualitative and quantitative analysis show the Be Job Ready program strengthens carers confidence and provides them with skills to secure employment.
The course has been great in developing my confidence to step out of my comfort zone, helped in clarifying that I have many more skills than I thought, has helped me learn about what is expected in current workplaces and how to navigate applying for jobs and approaching potential employers. – Be Job Ready Participant
Carers WA would like to send a big thank you to the carers who voluntarily participated in the evaluation. The report findings will be used to identify potential future collaborations and opportunities to meet the needs of carers wanting to transition to employment.
To read the full report click here.
To find out more or to register for the next Be Job Ready Course click here.