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Calderdale College supporting young people to kickstart their careers through Project Search

25th October 2017 <b>Calderdale</b> College supporting young people to kickstart their careers through Project Search

Project Search, a new initiative in Calderdale is helping young people with learning disabilities to prepare for life in the workplace. The scheme offers a year-long supported internship combining classroom-based learning delivered by the College and work experience with the Council and the NHS. The aim is to boost opportunities to learn new skills to help secure full-time, paid employment.

Project Search, a new initiative in Calderdale is helping young people with learning disabilities to prepare for life in the workplace. The scheme offers a year-long supported internship combining classroom-based learning delivered by the College and work experience with the Council and the NHS. The aim is to boost opportunities to learn new skills to help secure full-time, paid employment.

When speaking about the scheme, Laura Lavender, Team Leader – Employability & Life Skills, Calderdale College, said:

“We are so proud of our interns’ progress so far – they have really stepped up to the challenge and have become real assets to the teams they’re working in. Project Search is a fantastic supported internship model which we are hoping will make a big difference to the long term career prospects of the young people taking part. We are thrilled to be involved in this project and are dedicated to ensuring its success.”

Steven’s story

When Steven from Calderdale left Ravenscliffe High School, he moved on to study employability and life skills at Calderdale College. Until Project Search came to Calderdale Steven was unsure of his future path and at 23, he didn’t have any experience of paid employment.

Steven has been working at Calderdale Council since late September and has excelled with his hard work ethic and motivation.

He is currently working with the Special Educational Needs team in an administrative role. With support and guidance, he learned all the tasks involved in the role, and is now able perform effectively and independently. Steven has become a great role model for people with disabilities.

When asked about his experience of Project Search so far he said:

“I love Project Search, I love the work I do and my family are really proud of me.”

For more information about Project Search please email Laura Lavender, Team Leader – Employability & Life Skills through Laural@calderdale.ac.uk

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