Hounslow amongst the best in Europe for helping young people with disabilities find work

A special programme to enable young people in Hounslow with learning difficulties to get valuable work experience

Published: Wednesday, 6th September 2017

Award winning programme, L-R Nikolaos Galanis, Project SEARCH Lead Job Coach, Hounslow and Suzanne Rodrigues, Project SEARCH Tutor, Hounslow, with award
Award winning programme, L-R Nikolaos Galanis, Project SEARCH Lead Job Coach, Hounslow and Suzanne Rodrigues, Project SEARCH Tutor, Hounslow, with award

A special programme to enable young people in Hounslow with learning difficulties to get valuable work experience at Hounslow Council and other community organisations, has been recognised as one of the ten best such schemes in the whole of Europe.

Project SEARCH is a partnership scheme between Hounslow Council, Action on Disability and West Thames College. Launched locally in 2016, Hounslow was one of the first areas in the country to deliver the programme.

Interns at the Council complete placements in various services designed to give them an insight into the world of work, and help them become job ready. 

The Project SEARCH team also works with employers across the borough to give the young jobseekers work trials where they get a chance to show off their talents and skills gained by working at the Council.

The International Project SEARCH team presented Hounslow’s team with the excellence award in recognition of 70 per cent of interns achieving paid employment. Businesses taking on young people already include Hounslow Council, Premier Inn, Mears Care, Imperial College of London and Queensmill School, west London.

Councillor Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Opportunities, Hounslow Council, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and I want to congratulate everyone involved in Project SEARCH.

“To achieve this award in the first year of delivering Project Search is amazing, and I know the programme continues to go from strength to strength with another large group coming through already. I would like to thank also those local businesses who have worked with us and are giving these young people an opportunity.

“Disabilities should not hold anyone back from doing what they want and I know it has benefited those businesses as well to have these talented young people on board. I urge any business that has not yet looked at recruiting via Project SEARCH, to join us.”

For further information on Project SEARCH, email the Project SEARCH team on projectsearch@hounslow.gov.uk