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What is project search
As part of Valuing Employment Now, fourteen local partnership sites have been selected to run Project Search – a model which helps disabled people secure and keep paid permanent jobs. It is particularly suited to people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Six of the sites are based in three Getting a Life areas (one in Kent, four in Norfolk and one in Manchester).

How does it work?
A college tutor or school teacher and job coach run a year-long programme of work training for 12 people via a series of work placements in a host employer organisation. In America, where the model has been running for 14 years, many of the participants secure and retain full employment with the host employer at the end of the programme. Others leave the scheme and generally secure employment elsewhere.

Project Search in England

The fourteen sites, which will implement Project Search from September 2010 and take part in the Government evaluation of the model, are:
1. Bath and North East Somerset Council
2. Bolton Council
3. City of Manchester
4. Department for Work and Pensions (Pensions, Disability and Carers Service, Newcastle)
5. Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
6. James Pagett Hospital, Great Yarmouth
7. Kent Adult Social Services
8. Leicester City Council
9. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
10. NORSE Commercial Services, Norwich
11. Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn
12. Royal United Hospital, Bath
13. Sandwell Borough Council
14. The Southwark Partnership
These sites will receive advice and guidance on preparing for implementation from the Valuing Employment Now delivery team, which is based within the Department of Health. The Office for Disability Issues, as part of the cross-government Valuing Employment Now strategy, will lead the Government evaluation.

You can find more information about the programme on the Office for Disability Issues website. www.officefordisabilityissues.gov.ukWebsite opens in new window

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