Last September we interviewed and inducted eight Project SEARCH students to our NDDH site and thrilled that every one graduated.
Project SEARCH is a work experience programme for young people with a learning disability or autism
In England there are 75 Project SEARCH sites and we were one of the 10 that were able host students back on site properly in September.
Owing to COVID-19 we had to split our groups into two. So four students arrived in the morning and four in the afternoon. By the end of the first rotation one student had secured a six-month fixed term contract working in our laboratories. In the second rotation one student gained a paid role with Sodexo and we supported one student in finding employment outside of the NHS. (Click here for more).
We are hoping two further students will start with us on a KICKSTART scheme and others will find employment shortly.
David Bridges, our tutor on site, said: “The interns have overcome many barriers in difficult times to get to the end of their year but have done so through their hard work and professional attitude to learning.”
If you would like to support a project search student from September, we are currently looking for placements. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see how our students can support your service delivery.