What Is Project SEARCH?

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What is Project SEARCH?

Project SEARCH is a pre-employment programme for young adults with a learning disability. It helps them to gain meaningful work experience in a large hospital setting. Originating in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1996, the Project SEARCH model has grown to over 300 sites across the United States and rest of the world. Bradford Project SEARCH is a year long programme, based at Bradford Teaching Hospitals. The goal of Project SEARCH is to support our interns to gain the skills to find paid employment.

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Work Placements

3 different placements at Bradford Teaching Hospitals, 900+ hours of work experience, Initial 1:1 support from Project SEARCH, Ongoing feedback, and development of skills, A mentor in each placement

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Base Room

We have Base Room sessions twice daily to: Complete a Employability Skills qualification, Reflect on placements/ work practices, Job search and prepare for interviews

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Paid Employment

The ultimate goal of Project SEARCH is to support each intern into finding full time paid employment. Last year’s employment outcomes reached 66.7%. The national average of employment rates for young people with a learning disability is less than 6%.

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Ongoing Support

When an intern is successful in being offered paid employment, our partner hft, offer ongoing support for that intern and their employer for as long as they are in work. This involves support to learn the role as well as support with learning additional tasks or training.