DFN Project SEARCH is a Transition Programme for students with Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Conditions, in their last year of education. It is aimed at students who are motivated to achieve competitive employment. The programme takes place in a business setting and facilitates the teaching and learning process through continuous feedback and acquisition of employability and competitive work skills.
About DFN Project SEARCH:
DFN Project SEARCH has the exclusive master franchise rights in the UK, Ireland and Iberia to the prestigious Project SEARCH programme that has been developed in the United States and across the world. It serves people with learning disabilities through a tried and tested supported internship model that benefits the individual, workplace, and community.
The Transition Programme is for students with learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Conditions, in their last year of education. It is aimed at students who are motivated to achieve competitive employment. The programme takes place in a business setting where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process through continuous feedback and acquisition of employability and competitive work skills. A typical day includes: Classroom instruction in employability and independent living skills. Participation at one or more internship rotations. Social interaction within their internship department. Regular feedback from the instructor, job coaches and business colleagues.
Individualized internships and job development is on-going throughout the year and is based on strengths, skills and interests. Interns are given support through on-the-job coaching and improvement strategies with the ultimate goal of paid employment and independence.
Benefits of Project SEARCH:
Benefits to the Interns: • Participate in a variety of internships in a high-status local business. • Acquire competitive, transferable and marketable job skills. • Gain increased independence, confidence and self-esteem. • Receive on site and individualized instruction and support. • Develop linkages to adult service agencies for post Project SEARCH support.
Benefits to the Host Organisation: • Access to a new, diverse talent stream with skills that match business needs • Opportunities to train and recruit people with learning disabilities who daily demonstrate workplace inclusion in practice. • Gain local, regional, and national recognition through marketing the job outcome success of this unique programme. • Performance and retention in some high-turnover, entry-level positions increase dramatically
The DFN Project SEARCH Transition Programme is a franchise of Project SEARCH US which Started at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1996. Today Project SEARCH currently has over 500 licensed programmes spanning 47 states, 9 countries and in multiple industries. DFN Project SEARCH operates in England, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland and Wales in various prestigious employers such as Hospitals, Local Authorities, Universities, Laboratories and a variety of Private Sector Businesses. In 2016 over 61% of our Graduates moved into paid employment of more than 16 hours per week. Data for the UK suggests that the overall population of people with learning disabilities achieving employed status of any nature is less than 5%.
DFN Project SEARCH Overview (317.74 KiB)
This document explains how DFN Project SEARCH works and the benefits of having a programme in your area.
DFN Project SEARCH
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