"Like school, only better"
Cricket Green School
Lower Green West
Mitcham, CR4 3AF
Tel: 0208 640 1177
Headteacher: Mrs Celia Dawson
Project SEARCH is a supported internship programme hosted by employers, designed to help young people with learning disabilities into work. It is a year-long programme of on the job training, which is described as 'employer-led'.
Project SEARCH started in Cincinnati Hospital in 1997, there are now over 200 sites
worldwide and 32+ sites in the UK.
It is now the 5th year of Project SEARCH at St George's Hospital, and six students
are in work placements around the Hospital. They are working in the Porter's
department, Theatre Porters, Main Reception, M&S, St George’s Advanced Patient
Simulation Department (GAPS), Radiology, the Library and the Playroom.
The students are at work Monday to Friday from 11am until 3pm.
The students are supported by a full-time course tutor and a job coach from Action
Disability, who will help the students to find employment at the end of the year;
either within the Hospital or externally.
Project SEARCH changes the way people think as it challenges ideas about what
people with a learning disability can do. It raises expectations of employability and
the general public can see people with a learning disability hard at work as part of
Only 7% of people with learning disabilities nationally are in any form of paid work, compared
with 74% of the wider population. In Plymouth the situation is even bleaker at 5%.
However- 16 out of 21 of our graduates are now in employment. That's 76% !! We hope for more
successes this year... watch this space!!
Last year we had six trainees who successfully graduated in July- 4 are now employed.
Two graduates are working at the Hospital- one as a Theatre Porter and one as a Booking &
Admin Clerk in the Scanning Department. One graduate is working at The Lyric Theatre in
Hammersmith and another is working at Starbucks.
From our previous years we have graduates employed at the Hospital; in Sterile Services,
General Portering, Theatre Portering, M&S and at the Canteen. We also have graduates working
at M&S in Richmond station, Shangri-La at the Shard, KPMG, Poplar School, the Unicorn Theatre
and Tooting Leisure Centre. One of our graduates is working at Cricket Green School as a
Lunch-time Assistant and Teaching Assistant.
The other graduates returned to college to pursue their studies, or are supported by employment services to continue their search for employment. Working alongside the St Georges staff has greatly increased the employability skills of each of our graduates, and allowed them to show what they can do.
We send our congratulations to all these young people and wish them all the best for the future.
We are very fortunate to have an enthusiastic Project SEARCH team supported at the Hospital by the Business Liaison partners who have helped us move the project forward massively this last year and supported by Action on Disability.
As ever, the mentors in the hospital departments are working
hard to support our trainees doing a great job - we are very
grateful to them all!
We look forward to another positive and successful year with our
thanks to all who contribute so much.
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