Project SEARCH is a supported employment initiative for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. It started in the USA in 1996 and is now being taken forward in Europe and the UK. Within the UK, Project SEARCH is essentially a joint project between a local authority, a local college or school and a host employer. One of Project SEARCH’s most unique attributes is its emphasis on collaboration. Project SEARCH is driven by partnerships and a network of tutors, job coaches and job developers and business leaders that play an integral role in executing our goal of obtaining paid employment for individual with disabilities.
For further information contact:
Stacey Beard, Project SEARCH Programme Co-ordinator Tel: 01323 43 56 02 or Email: ProjectSearch@sussexdowns.ac.uk
Project SEARCH’s third year is nearly over, and we’re inviting new interns to apply for a place with us for September.
If you’re looking for a supported internship with the ultimate goal of finding paid employment, aged between 18 – 24 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan, get in touch to arrange a meeting with the Project SEARCH team!
Eligibility Criteria (PDF)
Benefits of Project SEARCH
Benefits to the Interns:
- Participate in a variety of internships to explore employment aspirations and interests
- Acquire competitive, transferable and marketable job skills
- Gain increased independence, confidence, and self esteem
- Obtain work based individualised instruction, coaching, support and feedback from job coaches and host business managers and buddy/supervisors
- Develop links to adult support agencies and community networks
Benefits to the host business and potential employers:
- Increased work capacity by carefully selected candidates who are ready for work, who match labour needs and improve performance and retention in some high-turnover or hard-to-fill posts
- On site trained and experienced disability employment specialists who can provide disability awareness training, advice on the Disability Discrimination Act and reasonable adjustments
- Help to develop accessible recruitment practices
- Enhanced business profile through increased local, regional, and national recognition
10 young people with learning difficulties or disabilities have recently graduated from Project SEARCH, a supported internship programme designed to give the young people skills to gain competitive paid employment. The interns were presented with certificates at a graduation ceremony by Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell.
Parents and staff from this joint partnership between the host employer, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Sussex Downs College and East Sussex County Council were present at the graduation…Read More
Over a nine-month period, eleven interns have developed the employment skills necessary to help them acquire their first paid job. The group graduated last week (28th June) in a celebration ceremony held at Eastbourne’s Hydro Hotel after completing the Project SEARCH course run by Sussex Downs College, in partnership with East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
In attendance were Mike Hopkins, Principal and Chief Executive of Sussex Downs College, Caroline Ansell, community advocate of Project SEARCH, and David Clayton-Smith, Chairman of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust…Read More
Project SEARCH on Sovereign FM