Project SEARCH is an international supported internship programme, for young adults with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism, which supports their transition from education to full time, paid employment. A yearly cohort of up to twelve interns have three different extended work rotations at Hounslow House, taught by a West Thames College teacher and supported by a full-time job coach employed by Kaleidoscope Sabre.
About the Course
The programme provides on-site practical work training at Hounslow House, where interns will be based for 5 days a week. In addition, interns will work towards a City and Guilds level 1 qualification in Employability Skills which take place on the on-site training room.
Example job rotations: Security, Post Room, CafÃ©, Reception, Office Administration, IT, Library and Leisure.
You will study three separate units:
- Effective Communication
- Working as Part of a Team
- Preparing for Work
Through training and direct work experience, young adults will develop employability skills, self-confidence, job specific skills and Maths, English and ICT skills whilst working alongside employees in a real employment setting.
To be eligible for this programme, applicants should:
- Have a learning disability and/or Autism
- Have an Education, Health and Care Plan in place
- Be aged 17-24
- Have the desire to work towards a goal of paid employment
- Be committed to a 5 day week programme
- Be an independent traveller or be undertaking travel training
When you graduate from the programme, you will be supported to find paid employment.
If you are accepted on to Project SEARCH, you will be invited to attend a skills assessment day. On this day, you will be able to meet other applicants, the Project SEARCH team and ask any questions you have about the programme.