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Project SEARCH is a one year transition programme which provides training and education leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. The programme runs term time only.

Project SEARCH is a collaborative model between Brookfields School and Reading College as the education providers, and Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as the host employer. This multi-agency partnership brings together the expertise of the host employer, the education providers and a supported employment provider, along with other stakeholders from the local community.

Project SEARCH is an employment-focussed education programme, designed to give students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities the opportunity to develop employability skills and to get hands on experience in the workplace combined with classroom sessions.

The cornerstone of Project SEARCH is total immersion in a large business. Each day, students report to the host business, learn employability skills in the classroom and job skills while participating in 3 – 4 internships during the year. Students also participate in progress meetings to define their career goal and plan necessary steps to achieve that goal.

Managers in the business work with the Project SEARCH delivery team to support the students. Students get continual feedback from managers, co-workers and Project SEARCH staff. Students end their day by reflection, problem solving, planning and journaling their key learning. The ultimate goal upon programme completion is competitive employment utilising the skills learned on the internships and throughout the programme.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Maurice George
Contact Position
Assistant Head Teacher
Telephone
0118 942 1382
E-mail
mgeorge@brookfields.w-berks.sch.uk
Twitter
https://twitter.com/psearchrbh

Where to go

Name
The Royal Berkshire Hospital
Address
London Road
Reading
Postcode
RG1 5AN
Notes

The service is delivered at The Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
9.00am to 4.00pm
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Local Offer

Description

Project SEARCH is a one year transition programme which provides training and education leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. The programme runs term time only.

Project SEARCH is a collaborative model between Brookfields School and Reading College as the education providers, and Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as the host employer. This multi-agency partnership brings together the expertise of the host employer, the education providers and a supported employment provider, along with other stakeholders from the local community.

Project SEARCH is an employment-focussed education programme, designed to give students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities the opportunity to develop employability skills and to get hands on experience in the workplace combined with classroom sessions.

The cornerstone of Project SEARCH is total immersion in a large business. Each day, students report to the host business, learn employability skills in the classroom and job skills while participating in 3 – 4 internships during the year. Students also participate in progress meetings to define their career goal and plan necessary steps to achieve that goal.

Managers in the business work with the Project SEARCH delivery team to support the students. Students get continual feedback from managers, co-workers and Project SEARCH staff. Students end their day by reflection, problem solving, planning and journaling their key learning. The ultimate goal upon programme completion is competitive employment utilising the skills learned on the internships and throughout the programme.

SEN Provision Type
Medical, Specific Literacy Difficulties, Speech & Language Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties, Visual Impairment
Local Offer Age Bands
19 plus

General Provider

Is your service accessible? (consider in general terms how you make your service accessible, in addition to any specific premises issues)

Yes

What are the eligibility criteria for your service? (please include any age restrictions, types of need catered for etc)

Please include any age restrictions, types of need catered for etc •Students applying for the place on the programme must be at least 18 years of age and under 26 on 1st September. •When they start the programme, they will be in their last year of education •Have received additional support at school / college because of a learning disability (difficulty) •Meet UK residency requirements (have been living in the UK or European Union for the last 3 years) •Have independent personal hygiene and grooming skills •Maintain appropriate behaviour and social skills in the workplace •Take direction from supervisors and modify performance •Be able to communicate effectively •EITHER Use public transport independently on familiar routes, and participate in travel training to learn new routes if needed •OR be able to get to and from the host employer either independently or though family support •The young person’s family be committed and supportive of the programme •Ability to pass DSB check, and willing to have immunisations if necessary •Willing to participate in the selection procedures and process •Able to produce identification documentation e.g. passport, NI Number etc •Desire and plan to work competitively in the community at the conclusion of Project Search programme

How are referrals/applications made to your service? (include details of who can refer/apply and referral and application process)

If you are interested in learning more about Project SEARCH please contact Brookfields School for more details. Students on the programme must be enrolled at either Brookfields School or Reading College. Interested students and their families will be invited to an Information Evening at RBH to learn more about their programme. If a student is interested in pursuing a place, they will need to complete an application form. In addition, the student’s teacher will also need to complete an application form. If short listed, students are invited to attend an Assessment Centre at RBH where they will have an interview and also participate in group activities to assess their suitability for the programme. If successful, students and their families are invited to an Open Day where they will be able to learn more about Project SEARCH in preparation for starting.

What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services? (include timescales for responding to referrals and accessing services)

Referrals can be made in person to Brookfields School. Please note that to be on the programme, students must be on roll at either Brookfields School of Reading College, over 18 at the start of the programme and in their last year of education

Who provides / funds your service?
Other
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
No
Inspection outcomes/quality awards

Project SEARCH is audited annually by Project SEARCH USA to ensure that the fidelity model is met. The last audit was carried out in March 2014. If you would like a copy of the report, please contact Brookfields School

Feedback and complaints procedure

Depending on where the student is enrolled, either Brookfields School or Reading College complaints procedure will be followed. If it is a complaint about the hospital, then the hospitals complaint procedures are followed.

How will I know my child will be safe using this service?

RBH Risk Assessments procedures are followed at all times. Safeguarding is important for RBH, Brookfields School and Reading College alike. All Project SEARCH delivery staff have completed Child Protection training. Any Safeguarding issues are referred to the Designated Person at the educational establishment where the young person is enrolled. The Designated Person works closely with the Project SEARCH Steering Group and also RBH to ensure that the young people on the programme are safe at all times

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