In January 2022, we launched a supported internship programme in partnership with Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) which aims to improve employability skills, independence and employment opportunities for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and learning disabilities.
The DFN Project SEARCH internship has proven to be a huge success and earlier this month we held a celebration event in recognition of our interns’ achievements and completion of the programme.
Over the past few months, learners took on a variety of roles across five NUH departments, including food production, food services, domestic services, security and logistics. They gained invaluable work experience, and, because of the programme 8 students are transitioning into paid employment and 3 are going through the application process and are already signed up with an NHS employment agency.
We have a long track record of supporting students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (SLDD) and offer a huge range of courses specifically designed to meet the needs of students between the ages of 16 and 24 who have a learning difficulty and/or disability to help them reach their full potential.
Nottingham College Programme Lecturer, Debbie Brown who played a key role in supporting the students during their internship said “It has been an amazing year, a few bumps along the way, however the interns have worked so hard and have been rewarded for doing so. It has been a team effort and we couldn’t have done it without the support from the hospital.”
The outstanding team at Nottingham College and Project SEARCH will continue to provide exciting employment opportunities for young adults with special educational needs and disabilities.— Debbie Brown, Nottingham College Programme Lecturer
“Well done to all the interns who have successfully secured paid work; and we look forward to the next cohort of interns.”
Supported Learning Courses
We offer courses specifically designed to meet the needs of students between the ages of 16 and 24 who have a learning difficulty and/or disability, and to help them reach their potential.
Earlier this year we learned we had been successful in attracting grant funding which will unlock investment totalling £5m in its provision for Students with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (SLDD).
A government grant of £4m has been awarded through the FE Transformation Fund, and together with £1m from the College, a new Independent Living and Employability Centre will be developed for up to 200 students who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities.