Project SEARCH is a supported employment initiative for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Project SEARCH started in the USA in 1996 and is now being taken forward in Europe and the UK. Within the UK, Project SEARCH is essentially a joint project between a local authority, a local college or school and a host employer. One of Project SEARCH’s most unique attributes is its emphasis on collaboration. Project SEARCH is driven by partnerships and a network of tutors, job coaches and job developers and business leaders that play an integral role in executing our goal of obtaining paid employment for individual with disabilities.


  • Participate in a variety of internships to explore employment aspirations and interests
  • Acquire competitive, transferable and marketable job skills
  • Gain increased independence, confidence, and self esteem
  • Obtain work based individualised instruction, coaching, support and feedback from job coaches and host business managers and buddy/supervisors
  • Develop links to adult support agencies and community networks

Watch our video to find out more from Project Search Co-ordinator Stacey Beard:

Project SEARCH Final Graduation 2019

The role of a job coach

The Business Outlook

Employment Pathways


  • Increased work capacity by carefully selected candidates who are ready for work, who match labour needs and improve performance and retention in some high-turnover or hard-to-fill posts
  • On site trained and experienced disability employment specialists who can provide disability awareness training, advice on the Disability Discrimination Act and reasonable adjustments
  • Help to develop accessible recruitment practices
  • Enhanced business profile through increased local, regional, and national recognition

Project SEARCH is working with interns preparing them for the world of work

If you’re looking for a supported internship with the ultimate goal of finding paid employment, aged between 18 – 24 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), get in touch to arrange a meeting with the Project SEARCH team!

Contact Us

Stacey Beard
Project SEARCH Programme Co-ordinator

Tel: 07946335715


Young adults graduate from Project SEARCH

The interns were presented with certificates at the graduation ceremony by ESHT Chief Executive, Dr Adrian Bull. Parents and staff from this joint partnership between the host employers, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, East Sussex College Group, East Sussex County Council and Southdown, were present at the graduation.

Dr Adrian Bull, Chief Executive ESHT said:

“I would like to congratulate all those that graduated. Their hard work in various departments of the Trust has contributed to patient care and has been recognised by many members of staff. I would like to thank colleagues who have helped to mentor these young people and have developed their own skills in doing so. I am proud that East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is the host employer for this project and we are pleased this year some other local companies have got involved with work placements. Project SEARCH is an inspiring success and a scheme that I would encourage other employers to get involved with.”

Stacey Beard, Project SEARCH co-ordinator, added:

“This graduation marks the successful completion of our fifth year of Project SEARCH. A special thank you to all those who attended this celebration. It was a fantastic evening full of tears of joy and celebration. Our graduates were awarded certificates for various employment skills that they have gained while on the project. We also recognised key NHS staff members and local employers who have effortlessly taken young adults under their wing over the past nine months. We wish all those graduating a successful future.”

Whilst working in the hospital the students worked in a range of non-clinical areas throughout the hospital as well as working with some local companies including Marks and Spencer, Brewers and local care and residential homes.