Project SEARCH has a very clear goal. That goal is to provide young people with additional support needs skills that will help them progress towards competitive paid employment.
Started in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Project SEARCH now boasts over 300 sites Worldwide.
Project SEARCH offers internships with a large local employer. NHS Lanarkshire, SERCO and ISS are the employers that operate for the Lanarkshire Projects. The Project runs during the college academic year for a duration of 36 weeks. During this 36-week period prospective students will have the opportunity to complete three work placements in various departments within each hospital site
No formal entry requirements. Application should be made directly to the Faculty of Supported Learning. Applicants will be selected at interview.
Applicants must be 18 years old by the start date of this course to apply.
Students will experience a mixture of classroom based education and work place experience within the hospital setting. Students are offered the opportunity in a variety of placements throughout the site and will be supported by job coaches from Lanarkshire Councils. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to evaluate their day and focus on employability skills.
Each successful candidate would become a student of New College Lanarkshire. The College provides academic structure whilst adhering to Project SEARCH guidelines.
Successful candidates will spend an academic year working towards paid employment whilst developing life and interpersonal skills. Curriculum areas that they will cover include the following;
Many other aspects are covered within the Project but the emphasis is towards employability and developing the skills associated.
To date Project SEARCH Lanarkshire has helped over 80 young people with additional support needs into employment.