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. Engage to Change aims to set up five Project SEARCH sites across Wales over the duration of the project. The first site at Cardiff University, supported by Cardiff & Vale College and ELITE SEA, is currently in its second year. This September, our second site at Gwynedd Hospital was established as a collaborative effort between Agoriad Cyf, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Grwp Llandrillo Menai College.