Project SEARCH is a one-year internship programme supporting young people with a learning disability and/or autism to gain the skills and experience to move into paid employment. In Wales, Project SEARCH is being funded as part of the wider Engage to Change project by the Big Lottery Fund, in partnership with Welsh Government.
A group of young people aged 16-25 are recruited to work at a large host employer in a variety of environments with the support of an educational institution and job coach. We are currently operating three Project SEARCH sites in Wales.
In September 2017, we launched our second site at Ysbyty Gwynedd with host employer Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, educator Grwp Llandrillo Menai College, and our supported employment partner Agoriad Cyf.
Our third site at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend was launched in September 2018 with host employer Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU), educator Bridgend College, and supported employment partner ELITE.