Project SEARCH was set up to help young people with learning disabilities find a job. It is a year-long programme of work-based training run through a partnership between Nottingham University Hospitals, Foxwood Academy and Nottinghamshire County Council i-Work.
The courses run five days a week from September to June and students complete two or three work placements, each lasting one school term.
NUH departments including linen services, IT services, retail catering, food production, administration, outpatients, patient escort, medical equipment library and cleaning services are involved in the programme.
The benefits to NUH include:
- An enthusiastic, motivated and fully trained member of staff
- Potential cost savings in recruitment and overtime payments
- Business reputation enhanced as a disability friendly company
- Corporate responsibility developed by giving a person with a disability a rewarding job and increased independence
Ashley was one of the first group of young people to take part in the project at NUH. He became more confident and independent, as well as improving his work based skills.
Ashley's parents said: "Before Project SEARCH, it was difficult to imagine that Ashley could have a paid job. Project SEARCH gave us the confidence that Ashley would be able to cope with work. The training was just what he needed."
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