Last September we interviewed and inducted eight Project SEARCH students to our NDDH site and are thrilled that every one graduated.
Project SEARCH, which aims to remove the significant barriers faced by people with learning disabilities looking for employment, has had success all over the world.
The programme runs over an academic year, during which the students work towards a City and Guilds Diploma in Employability and Personal Development. At the end of the year, they are helped to find paid employment within the hospital or elsewhere in the community.
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 email@example.com to see how our students can support your service delivery.