How Does Project SEARCH Bradford Work?
Project SEARCH Bradford operates over an academic year. Interns begin on the Project in September and continue on the programme until the following July.
When interns first begin on the Project they complete an induction for the first two weeks, where they do all the mandatory training required by the hospital, and learn how to work professionally, to Bradford Teaching Hospital’s standards, and how to work safely.
Each term they undertake a new “rotation” or work placement. Each rotation begins with 1:1 support from a member of the Project SEARCH team, but ultimately the intern will be working on the job independently. There will be a mentor in their placement, who interns can go to with any questions or concerns. We aim for our mentors to be the best people at the jobs so that the interns have excellent role models. During the placement, interns have continual feedback on their performance, to help them develop and work towards individual goals. Each placement builds on the skills developed in the previous role, to help our interns move towards paid employment.
Our job coaches and tutor, who specialise in supporting people with learning disabilities in employment, will coach interns into their placements, teaching them the skills they will need.
Alongside their rotations, interns have sessions in our Base Room each day where they complete an employability skills curriculum. This includes things such as:
• employer’s expectations
• health and safety
• tackling problems at work
• completing CVs
• interview practice
As the year continues, sessions in the base room shift focus towards job searching.
Interns can find a job at any stage during their year on Project SEARCH.
Whenever an intern finds paid work, they are supported to learn the role, with any problems, and to complete training, by a member of our partner, hft’s, supported employment team. Hft continues to work with employed graduates on a follow-on basis for as long as they are in work.
Jobs are not guaranteed on Project SEARCH. All interns who find paid employment have done so through showing a good work ethic, determination and hard work.
Visit our success stories page to find out more about jobs our graduates have found.