Project SEARCH is an initiative aimed at students with learning difficulties to develop skills for the work place and be supported in their search for employment. The goal is to provide three on-site work placements for young people with learning disabilities, leading to gaining the skills necessary for employment. Project SEARCH is partnership between The Southfield Grange Trust, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT), HFT (the charity which delivers adult disability services in Bradford) and Bradford Council. Visit the official Project SEARCH website by clicking here.
Throughout their involvement in the project, instead of attending school, students spend their final year of education based at Bradford Royal Infirmary Hospital (BRI) on work experience internships. They have an opportunity to try out three different roles, each of which runs for ten weeks. At BRI, there is a dedicated classroom, a teacher and support staff who work with the students throughout their time there. There is also a full time job coach, funded by Bradford Council, who works with the employers, line managers and mentors to help break down jobs so the students can learn to do tasks securely and in a supported way until they are ‘job ready’. On completion of the project, graduates continue to receive support from HFT to help them find meaningful employment.
On Thursday 22nd January 2015, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Southfield School’s Project SEARCH interns at the Bradford Royal Infirmary. BBC Look North reported on the visit and you can see the video below.
The BBC then visited the Project SEARCH team at the Bradford Royal Infirmary on 22nd February 2015. The story was aired on the Radio 4 Today Programme on Wednesday 10 December 2014, you can listen to the coverage below.