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Thursday, 22 October, 2020

Press Release Charity Staff Recognition Foundation Learning

The Project Search Team at Wakefield College


Wakefield College have been working hard this year in an enormously challenging environment to ensure our young people still get the opportunities they deserve, and one team have recently been awarded for their dedication in the face of this adversity.

 The Wakefield College Project SEARCH team work together with the not-for-profit registered charity DFN Project Search to provide a transition to work programme, committed to transforming the lives of young people with learning disabilities and autism.

The Project Search international programme provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent-living skills to help young people make successful transitions to productive adult life.

The 2020 Annual DFN Project SEARCH awards were held as can be expected as an online event, where the teams were invited to dress up if they wished, to try and make it feel as much like the Oscars of DFN Project SEARCH as possible.

 This year the awards were given to all programmes who achieved 70% + job outcomes for the young people on their programme.

 Director and Programme Specialist of DFN Project Search, Carmel McKeogh stated in an email to the team “What that means for your amazing team is that you are our 70% Award Winners and we are absolutely thrilled for you as we know how hard you have all worked to achieve that for the young people on your programme. This is life changing work and you must be very proud of the whole team and of course of the young graduates!”

 Deborah Moss, Foundation Learning and Transition Lecturer said “We are very proud to be part of this programme and have won this award because over 70% of our learners have gained full time paid employment as a direct result of this study programme.”

 “Nationally, only 5% of young adults with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) gain paid employment and we are committed to improving this by supporting our learners to gain meaningful work placement opportunities that will lead to sustainable paid employment.”

 “We are keen to work with a wide range of local employers, and together we can make a real difference to the lives of young people in our community.”

 If you think you could offer work placement opportunities to support our young people in gaining valuable, transferable work skills or would like further information,  please contact Debbie Moss at Wakefield College or call 01924 789138. 




CONTACT: For more information email, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 22 October, 2020

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