Project SEARCH helps young people aged between 17 and 25 who have a learning disability to get the skills they need to find a job. Interns spend their entire day on site at the host business. Each day begins with a short classroom session where interns learn vital employment skills. The rest of the day is spent working in the hospital, supported by the Course Tutor, Job Coach and local mentors.
Interns spend each term working in one area, with a clear focus on developing the full range of skills required to complete the job to the required standard, and working independently.
Mid Yorkshire Trust Project SEARCH was launched at Pinderfields Hospital in September 2017 when 6 young people from school joined the internship, designed to help gain employment by giving them experience of work via a supported programme. So far the interns have been working in Portering, Pharmacy, Recruitment, Ward 18, HADU and Facilities.
Please watch their video to find out more about Project SEARCH and to see how the interns have settled in at Pinderfields MY Project SEARCH, you can also read their latest newsletter ProjectSEARCH January Newsletter
The school has a very well-established partnership with EOCT which is a trust of local schools including Ossett Academy. It provides rich opportunities for our young people to be involved in many projects with their mainstream peers.
We have worked with Wakefield College over the past 2 years to strengthen our transition arrangements, this has resulted in moving forward our transition programmes into Post 16 for our young people who choose to rejoin their mainstream peers after Year 11.