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Project SEARCH

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North Devon Campus
One year

Project SEARCH is a supported internship for people with a learning disability or Autistic Spectrum Condition who want a job. In order to join the course, you must have an EHCP and be motivated to work and learn on the job.

In the first year, 86% of learners who completed Project SEARCH gained employment.


The course is based solely at North Devon District Hospital and is five days a week from 8:30 - 3:30 and is supported by two full-time onsite Project SEARCH staff as well as onsite mentors.

At the start of the course, there is a three-week settling in period where you will receive all the training necessary to be safe and professional within the hospital grounds.

As a Project SEARCH intern you will do three 10 week placements in the hospital, where you will be taking on a real role in the hospital and will be supported to be up to speed within that role as soon as possible.

Whilst on placement there is comprehensive support available and you will be coached in new skills and reflect on your work at the beginning and end of every day in the project SEARCH training room.

The aim of Project SEARCH is to gain new employability skills with the goal of getting paid employment of 16 hours per week or more. As such it is entirely possible that you may complete the course early if you gain employment.

Through the close working relationship with Project SEARCH partners Pluss and the links forged in the hospital Project SEARCH has excellent employment out comes for graduates. The employment rate for Project SEARCH graduates was 86% and 71 % for the first and second years respectively. This compares with 6 % national average for people with a learning disability or Autism spectrum condition.
Interns evaluate their performance towards their goal every day whilst in placement. At the end of each week, the employee gives detailed feedback on a wide range of on-the-job assessment criteria. Employment planning meetings are held twice a term to track progress towards employment as well as key independence criteria.
Work towards a City and Guilds qualification in employability skills Level 1 is assessed by the Project SEARCH instructor.

Functional Skills or GCSE will be assessed when appropriate.
We hope that learners completing this programme will be ready to move into employment or receive further support from other agencies.
Project SEARCH has a dedicated training room onsite at North Devon District Hospital. Two full-time Project SEARCH staff are on hand to support learning and skills development.
Project SEARCH also utilises a wide variety of placements within the hospital in order to train interns how to be effective employees.
To be discussed at interview.
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