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This course is designed for young people aged 16-18, or up to 24 with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan who have Special Education Needs and/or a Learning Difficulty.  

DFN Project SEARCH is a supported internship programme that prepares young people with learning disabilities, autism and/or sensory impairment for competitive employment.

Each year, Whipps Cross Hospital and St. Bartholomew's Hospital, gives young people the chance to learn valuable job-related skills as an intern. The programme is unpaid and based full-time in the hospital workplace.

Learners who are interested in this course must:

  • Have a desire to work
  • Be committed to attending Project SEARCH every day
  • Be seeking paid employment as a goal

Following a Barts Health NHS Trust induction, interns complete three 10-week rotations across different departments allowing them the opportunity to try different job roles and to build up a range of transferable skills in readiness for a job application.

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  • Sector Overview

    Post 16 SEND provisions offer a range of courses to young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) which will help to prepare them for adulthood by improving independent living skills and developing employability. A person-centred approach is used to create an individualised programme of study that caters for the student's needs and helps them to achieve their goals.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this course are:

    • Entry 3 or working towards Level 1
  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    • Work experience programme lead by job coaches 
    • Completion of an ASDAN employability Level 1 qualification
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Interviews
    • Practical task analysis/skills assessment
  • Enrichment

    Project Search learners will participate in enrichment sessions such us cooking, art, trips or sport/fitness programmes in the College's Student Common Room, Sports Hall or at the local YMCA Leisure Centre.

  • Work Experience

    You must complete three 10-week work experience as an intern with rotations across different departments following a Barts Health NHS Trust induction.

  • Progression opportunities

    Successful completion of this course will lead to:

    • Employment
    • Apprenticeship
  • Alumni

    Project Search Intern, Padraic - 'I am very proud to be a Project SEARCH intern. As well as mastering new tasks, I have made friends with some of my fellow interns who I enjoy socialising with in my free time'.

    Waltham Forest College is a vibrant and aspirational college and will support you to reach your career aspirations. Last year 96% of learners progressed onto a positive destination either to higher levels of study, employment, or an Apprenticeship.

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