A Lanarkshire-based employability partnership is celebrating a 10th anniversary this year – and countless success stories over the years.
DFN Project Search provides young people with additional support needs the skills that will help them progress towards competitive paid employment.
A partnership between New College Lanarkshire, NHS Lanarkshire, Serco, ISS and both North and South Lanarkshire Councils, DFN Project Search is celebrating its 10th anniversary in University Hospital Wishaw this year, with a number of students currently on placement in the hospital.
Jack Dornan is currently on placement working on reception for the hospital theatre in University Hospital Wishaw. His tasks include booking patients in and out of surgery using the database, emptying clinical waste bins after surgery, scanning surgical instruments and answering queries.
Jamie Hall and Michael Tong are on placement in the theatre stores which involves them receiving, checking and storing deliveries of stock to the theatres.
Raymond Walker is based in the mailroom, sorting all the mail that comes into the hospital and delivering it to the wards and departments. He also collects all outgoing mail and prepares it for collection for the courier.
Katie Murphy, Project Search Lecturer at New College Lanarkshire, said: “Project Search gives young people the opportunity to gain valuable work placements, build their confidence and develop skills for their future careers.
“They do three 12-week rotations in various NHS and Serco/ISS departments in the hospitals, including portering, catering, domestic services and clinical support.
“Every year we have more and more success stories of our students gaining meaningful, permanent employment and we are extremely proud of the opportunities the partnership is given these hard-working young people.”
For more information about Project Search and to find out how to apply, visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/supported-learning/dfn-project-search