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Supported Internships: 17-24yrs and looking for a job?

Updated: Oct 1, 2021

Do you know someone aged 17 to 24 years old with a learning disability or autism? Do they have an ECHP and are looking to transition into paid employment?

If so, Project SEARCH could be exactly what you’re looking for!

HACS have partnered with Hillingdon Council, Orchard Hill College and DFN Project SEARCH to host a Transition to Work programme starting this September. During this one-year programme based at The Civic Centre in Uxbridge, our team of specialist organisations, on-site job coaches and instructors have one shared goal: paid employment for every intern at Project Search. Interns on this programme will:

  • Be based at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge

  • Have the opportunity to work in 3 different departments

  • Receive structured support from staff, mentors, instructors and coaches

  • Gain 800 hours of transferable skills

  • Study for a nationally-recognised employability qualification

At the end of the programme, interns are encouraged to apply for roles within the council or are supported to apply for jobs in the local community. The DFN Project SEARCH programme has seen 60% of graduates securing paid, meaningful employment for 16 hours or more per week following completion of the programme.

Join our inclusive and supportive team on your quest to find a job today! Don't just take it from us, here's what previous interns have to say about the programme:

"There definitely a big step between school and this program as I do talk more often, and comfortable with the interns, the job coach, and the working environment in the Civic Centre including my work colleague in School Admission in my rotation. I feel more open like a sunflower that is ready to be bloomed to show my skills and ability in the workplace. I do feel confidence with my skills that I learn in my rotation for all the help from the job coaches. It's such a great challenging and I would recommend for anyone to take part of if this program you want to improve your skills and confidence. Thank you for the job coach that help me to improve/give me advise in the workplace. I do appreciate all of the support and help me to get a job"

“I have found my time at Project Search to be both an informative and enjoyable experience. Working with a small and close-knit group of interns has allowed me to greatly improve my social skills and level of confidence. My job coaches and instructors have been extremely supportive and ensured that I have been comfortable whilst working at my rotation and building up my employability skills. Being based in the Street Naming section of the Hillingdon Council Customer Service department as part of my first rotation has allowed me to discover first-hand what it is like to work for a council in a history-related career. I would definitely recommend Project Search to any young people with additional needs needing support getting into employment.”

If you would like to speak to one of our job coaches or find our more about the programme, please contact or give us a call on 0208 606 6780

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