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DFN 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 National Lottery Community 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.

The first is located with host employer Cardiff University, and supported by Cardiff & Vale College and ELITE Supported Employment. This site became the first DFN Project SEARCH site in Wales in September 2016.

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 at Princess of Wales Hospital. The host employer is Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, the educator Bridgend College, and the supported employment partner ELITE.