Project SEARCH scoops a double

National success for employability programme

Monklands

An employability programme for young adults with additional support needs received national recognition by scooping two awards at the DFN Project SEARCH Conference and Awards Ceremony.

Two of the Project SEARCH sites - University Hospital Monklands and Wishaw were commended, with both receiving Employment Outcome Awards. These awards recognise their fantastic achievement of reaching over 70% of the number of students completing the project and gaining employment - 75% for Monklands and 88% for Wishaw.

Selected from 67 sites operating across the UK, 16 received awards and two are located right here in North Lanarkshire. It's a fantastic achievement for the service which provides vital support, training and employment opportunities for young adults in the area.

Donella Duff, Supported Enterprise Manager with North Lanarkshire Council, said: "We're delighted our Project SEARCH sites in Monklands and Wishaw have been recognised at this national level but what's even more pleasing is the results they're delivering helping young adults secure and retain employment. Our students tell us that the elements of classroom learning and skill development from work placements increases their confidence and chance of securing employment in the general job market.

"Key to the project's success is the strong partnership working in place between the two employers - NHS Lanarkshire and Serco; education partner, New College Lanarkshire and supported employment provider North Lanarkshire Council.

"Well done to everyone involved in making Project SEARCH such a success."

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