Project SEARCH Mid Yorkshire has been running since September 2017 and is continuing to provide job training for young adults with learning disabilities.
Over a ten-month period, six interns have developed the employment skills necessary to help them acquire their first paid job. The group graduated this week (16 July) in a celebration ceremony held at Pinderfields Hospital after completing the Project SEARCH course.
In attendance were Peter Marshall Executive Head Teacher of Highfield School, Maxine Kneeshaw (Regional Manager) and Sharron Daley (Assistant Manager) from HFT Supported Employment and Jules Preston OBE, Chairman of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Jules Preston, Chairman of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said; “It's been an amazing year for these interns. I could not believe that they have only been with us for ten months as they have achieved so much in that time. Congratulations to the interns and the team for all the hard work they put in.”
Dave Brady, Project SEARCH tutor, added; “A special thank you to everyone who attended to celebrate Project SEARCH’s first graduation of interns. It was a fantastic event full of tears of joy and celebration. The video of the interns working went down a treat, highlighting memories of the time on the project. Our Interns were awarded certificates and trophies for the employment skills they have gained while on the programme.
“Three of our interns are in full time employment already at the Trust and the other three are continuing to apply for jobs and attend interviews. We wish them all a successful future.”