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Project SEARCH – supported internship programme

Project SEARCH is a year-long supported internship programme for young adults between the ages of 16 to 24 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Over 200 young people with learning disabilities are currently taking part in 20 Project SEARCH schemes supported by seven west London boroughs, with an average employment achievement rate of over 60 per cent. View the West London Guide to Supported Internships 2020.

Brent's Project SEARCH programmes are co-ordinated by the College of North West London (CNWL) and based at Charing Cross Hospital and Brent Civic Centre. Places are offered to students who have a recognised learning difficulty or disability, an education health and care (EHC) plan or learning difficulty assessment (LDA) and who meet the CNWL's criteria for preparation to employment. Applications should be made through the CNWL. 

Project SEARCH at Wembley Park

Starting in 2020, this new programme offers young people with special educational needs and disabilities the chance to do a supported internship with Brent Council or other local employers in Wembley Park. 

On Wednesday 20 May, Brent Council will be hosting an open day by phone for young people to get more information about the programme. Please dial in at 4pm or 5pm and the information will be repeated. This is a phone-only open day due to the current coronavirus situation. 

Project SEARCH at Charing Cross Hospital

Launched in September 2016, the scheme aims to provide on-site internship experiences so that young adults can acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and self-confidence in readiness for paid employment. Through training and direct work experience, interns also develop maths, English and ICT skills, whilst working alongside employees in a real business setting. Students are also offered full training and support from the CNWL and a job coach throughout their year at Charing Cross. Over 20 interns have gone on to find full-time employment since the programme was launched. Read case studies from previous students.