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Project Search

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Project Search is a new initiative set up by Calderdale Council and its partners in September 2017.  Ravenscliffe High School is one of its key strategic partners partners, as are Calderdale College, Lead the Way, Family Voice and C&K Careers.

Project Search’s primary objective is to secure full time paid employment for young people with learning difficulties between the ages of 18 to 24, who are potentially able to access employment and progress in a competitive workplace.   It involves working in partnership with a host business, education and supported employment specialists.

Candidates will need to apply for an internship place for September of each year and interviews follow in due course, after receipt of that application.

Each Intern then joins the staff at the host business supported by trained Job Coaches and a Work Place Tutor. They spend their entire day/week on site in order to support teaching and learning  and to improve their chances of gaining paid employment. Each intern receives  an in-depth induction period followed by three ten-week internship rotations to explore a variety of job and career pathways. Ravenscliffe has so far provided 2 staff to work as Job Coaches to support the Project Search initiative.

Project Search has an excellent track record of getting young people with learning difficulties into paid employment. Since its inception at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, there are now 400 programmes across 45 states and 5 countries. There are currently 31 sites in England, Scotland and Ireland, and partners include 23 Hospitals and 7 local authorities.

This is an exciting initiative by Calderdale and we as a school fully support the Project. It builds on our existing Springboard into Employment and Springboard Plus (Post 19) programmes, and these will continue to co-exist to act as a pre-Internship and/or an alternative employability option for our students.

For more information please contact Julie Crabtree, Deputy Headteacher.


Use the link below to access the Project Search Cincinatti Video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDYY2kcqI-0