Engage to Change is a five-year project that working with 800 employers and over 1000 young people with a learning disability and/or autism spectrum disorder to develop their employment skills and experience through paid work placements lasting between 6 to 12 months.
The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Getting Ahead 2 grant in partnership with Welsh Government.
Learning Disability Wales is leading a consortium of organisations to deliver the Engage to Change project. This includes supported employment agencies ELITE and Agoriad Cyf, self-advocacy group All Wales People First and Cardiff University. The project is also working in collaboration with internship programme Project SEARCH.
Project SEARCH is a pioneering internship programme designed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for people with additional support needs. Since 1996 it has expanded to set up various branches worldwide. As part of Engage to Change, the aim is to set up 5 Project SEARCH sites across Wales during the lifetime of the project. The first site in Wales has been set up with Cardiff University as the host employer.