The success of 11 young people was celebrated at a special graduation event in June after they all completed a year-long placement with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The programme – Project SEARCH - is part of a major international project which provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities to gain access to employment.
In partnership with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Clyde College, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has hosted Project SEARCH within the Facilities Directorate at the Victoria Hospitals’ campus for the past year. The programme has involved the students combining work placements within Catering, Portering and Domestic Services alongside classroom teaching.
Already eight of the 11 young people have successfully applied for substantive posts, seven of which are within the Facilities Directorate in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Anne MacPherson, Workforce Director for the New South Hospitals and lead for Project SEARCH for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “The ceremony on 6 June 2014 was an excellent opportunity to recognise the hard work and commitment of these students and to join in their celebrations at completing the programme.
“It also recognised all of the people who have made Project SEARCH such a success in its first year in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, particularly the buddies and supervisors from within the Facilities Directorate, the Facilities Management team at Victoria Hospitals’ and Helen McGillivray, Job Coach and Iain Jenkins, College Lecturer.”
Glasgow’s Project SEARCH team has also been recognised by the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability. The team won an award for Outstanding Achievement which was presented to as part of the Project Search European Conference held in Glasgow City Chambers and Strathclyde University on 24 and 25 June.
Project SEARCH is continuing its programme within NHSGGC when twelve new students will be welcomed into the 2014/15 programme.
Poject SEARCH students show off their graduation certificates
Notes to editors
Project SEARCH was originally developed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in America. Since then, Project SEARCH has grown from a single program site in Cincinnati to more than 200 sites across the United States and Canada, England, Scotland, and Australia.
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