We are now in our third year of Bradford Project SEARCH and have 11 new Interns who are going in to their first work placements.
Meet our Interns and see where they will be working up until December.
Our Business Advisory Committee has also entered its second year and we are delighted that many partners from last year have returned to continue in their support of the Project. Â
Our programme also featured on Radio 4's Today Programme. Â Press on the logo to hear what we had to say.
We have almost completed our second year of Project SEARCH with eight
current Interns graduating on 9 July 2015!
Background - where it began!
Project SEARCH was developed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, a research environment that fosters visionary thinking and innovation. It all began in 1996, when Erin Riehle was Director of Cincinnati Children's Emergency Department. Erin felt that, because the hospital served individuals with developmental disabilities (learning difficulties), it made sense that they should commit to hiring people in this group. She wondered if it would be possible to train people to fill some of the high-turnover, entry level positions in her department, which involved complex and systematic tasks such as stocking supply cabinets. As a starting point, Erin presented her ideas to Susie Rutkowski, then the special education director at Great Oaks Career Campuses. Erin and Susie formed a partnership that was instantaneous, and together they launched Project SEARCH.
Since its inception, Project SEARCH has grown from a single program site at Cincinnati Children's to over 200 sites across the United States and Canada, England, Scotland, and Australia. Project SEARCH's primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities.
Nationally, the employment rates for people with LD is 7.7%, Project SEARCH Interns have 70% employment rate
There are now 17 sites in UK “ Bradford Teaching Hospitals is the first hospital site in North of England with the closest geographical site at Nottingham Hospital
How does it work?
Project SEARCH is an Annual Programme which provides three "internships" for students in their final year of education or in their first year of supported employment.
It involves continual feedback on performance and areas for learning and ensures improvement. Each Intern has a mentor. We aim for our mentors to be the best people at the jobs, so that the Interns have good role models.
Interns carry out "real" jobs in real work environments. They have the opportunity to think about what job they would like to do, and we aim to match them with that type of work experience. With the Job Coach and Tutor, they develop a career plan. The outcome that is sought is permanent employment.
If you would like more information about Project SEARCH Bradford, please contact Lorraine Cameron, Business Liaison on 01274 382428
Bradford Project SEARCH Partners
- Full time Tutor
- Project Assistant
- Facilities for the Base Room and petty cash for incidentials
- Funding for DVD
- Full time Job Coach
- Additional job coach for initial placements
- Resources for Base Room
- Funding for DVD
- One to one travel training for all Interns
- Ongoing suipport for Interns learning new routes.
- All twelve Interns are now travelling independently to and from the hospital each day
- For six Interns, this is the first time they have ever travelled independently
- Member of steering group
- Funding for the Job Coach
- Work placement opportunities (three per intern)
- Base Room (Field House)
- Induction programme including Infection Control, Information Governance, Fire Safety and HR
- Business Liaison
- Producing DVD