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Transition to Work - Project Search

We are partnering with DFN Project SEARCH to transform the employment prospects of young people with learning disabilities and autism.

The DFN Project SEARCH programme at the council will be  launched in September 2020. The participants will be based full-time at the Civic Centre and have 3 department rotations throughout the academic year as they gain 800 hours of transferable skills and study for an employability qualification.

The programme, which is also in partnership with Orchard Hill College and Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support (HACS), includes an onsite tutor and full-time Job Coach employment specialists to support the participants in making a successful transition from education into full-time employment.

Hillingdon Council and DFN Project SEARCH aims to change lives for young people with learning disabilities by supporting them to achieve meaningful employment. DFN Project SEARCH programmes are a proven way of helping young people with learning disabilities and autism achieve long term careers as well as helping businesses and organisations to gain a more inclusive workforce.

This programme is open to young people aged 17 to 24 who have a learning disability or autism who are eligible for an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP), and who are committed to finding and keeping a full-time job. 

What you need to do

To take part in the DFN Project Search Programme you must make an application.

Download an application form [856KB]

If you have any questions about making an application, contact Orchard Hill College by calling 0345 402 0453 or emailing assessments&placements@orchardhill.ac.uk.

Once you have made an application, you and your parents or guardian will be invited to an open day so that you can learn more about what to expect from the programme, and what the programme expects from you and your parents. The next open day is on February 25 2020 taking place in the Middlesex Suite at the Civic Centre.

It would be preferable to make an application prior to attending the open day, however it is also possible to attend by emailing Claire Ahern at cahern@hillingdon.gov.uk to reserve a place. 

Once you have completed an application form and attended an open day, you will then be invited to take part in a practical assessment session, taking place at the Civic Centre. The next assessment session is 17 March 2020. If you would like more information about the assessment session, and what this will entail, please contact Stuart Smith by emailing ssmith7@hillingdon.gov.uk.

Offer letters will be sent out to successful applicants after 24 March 2020. 


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