Leading financial trading firm Vivcourt and Carers Queensland have extended their strategic partnership to support their newly created ‘Education and Employment Support Fund’.

In a unique partnership, a for-profit and a not-for-profit organisation are collaborating to ensure unpaid carers across Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia, engage in education, training or employment.

The alliance focuses on sustainable change for carers by significantly improving their circumstances, and preparing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career or return to the workforce.

Established in 2019, this collaboration has already delivered outcomes for communities in Central Queensland.

In October last year, Vivcourt donated $10,000 to Carers Queensland for a Young Carer Retreat in Agnes Waters, a small and relaxed beachside town located in the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

The retreat allowed 20 local young carers to develop abilities in social responsibility and leadership in different contexts, and inspired them to reach their full potential.

Carers Queensland’s General Manager for Strategy, Cameron Thayer said it’s a shared values partnership of donorship and community service work in which both organisations continue to engage and explore opportunities where they could make a difference in people’s lives.

“We are really excited to see this partnership moving forward. We are both invested in supporting underrepresented people in the community. Vivcourt has the resources and we have the capacity, the skills and the knowledge to mobilise that,” he said.

In June this year Vivcourt donated $20,000 for the fund, which provides capacity for carers who want to engage in education, training or return to the workforce but they can’t afford to do so.

“This collaboration has enabled people to go on the journey of education and employment. They have been able to resource themselves with a laptop, their course fees, their Blue Cards and police checks,” Cameron said.

“Unpaid carers usually face different barriers when trying to pursue their goals and aspirations.”

“In some cases, it’s just the self-confidence. For some of them it is the inability to navigate their responsibility as carers, and understanding how could they possibly work and where would that fit. “

“For some is just assuming that there are not employers that would provide flexible arrangements; and for others is actually the barrier of feeling that they are redundant in their skills or don’t have the skills requirement that the workforce is needing,” he added.

By building trusted relationships both Vivcourt and Carers Queensland aim to help overcome barriers throughout the communities they serve.

“We are working together to challenge these barriers and provide better experiences for carers when attaining education or employment.”

“That’s why we have the Your Caring Way program, which really brings together the components and is designed to address those barriers,” Cameron said.

“Through an initial assessment carers are able to determine their goals and aspirations, what’s stopping them from achieving them, and develop a personalised plan that will take them through the right steps of education, the right coaching, and ultimately engaging with the right employer and the right industry.”

“We want to make things easier for carers. We want them to achieve their goals,” he said.