Project Search – Hillingdon

We have partnered with Hillingdon Council and DFN Project SEARCH to host a Transition to Work programme.

What is Project Search?

During this one year programme, you’ll be based at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge gaining a range of transferable and marketable job skills such as team-working and problem-solving. With 800 hours of structured support from staff, mentors, instructors and coaches, you’ll become more confident when applying for a job. The DFN Project SEARCH programme has seen 70% of graduates securing a paid job (16 hours or more per week). The programme is in partnership with Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support (HACS), experts in supporting people with learning disabilities and autism.

Who is the programme for?

17 to 24 year olds with an active EHCP, who would like to gain employment in the next 9 months. If you would like support with job searching skills, and gain work experience through undertaking three rotations, work placements, in departments at the Local Authority.

What are the entry requirements?

  • A willingness to learn
  • Ready to trial a range of work placement opportunities, within the Local Authority
  • Currently working between Entry 2 and Level 2
  • A commitment to be on time and undertake a work placement 5 days a week, with support AM and PM for course work and support with your job searching

About the programme

Orchard Hill College have partnered with London Borough of Hillingdon and Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support to deliver this programme. This Practical programme has been designed to prepare you for the next exciting steps in your life. You will learn skills to start you on your pathway to work. You will be supported to work within different areas of the Council including;

  • Administration
  • Marketing
  • Digital Media Facilities
  • Customer services
  • Library assistant
  • Electoral & Registration Services Admin Support Officer; Working as part of the Elections team, to support with administration and advice relating to local elections and voting
  • Admin Assistants in School Admissions and Placements; Contacting parents via letters, email and telephone.
  • Media and Project Promotion Assistants; Working with the Inclusion Partnerships department and liaising with Web Designers to design information templates
  • Facilities Assistants; Carrying out building maintenance duties across the site
  • Contact Centre Assistant; Processing online applications for local residents requesting Blue Badges
  • SEN Advisory Service; Produce newsletter articles, leaflets and websites that offer advice and support for people with additional needs and their families.
  • Library Assistant at Uxbridge Library; Ensuring the smooth running of this council service for members of the public
  • SEN Advisory Service; Reviewing SEN resources and documents

We will also prepare you for work, supporting you with:

  • CV writing
  • Applying for a job
  • Interview skills
  • Building confidence and self esteem
  • How to communicate in a work situation
  • Working as a group
  • Budgeting
  • Mindset
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with colleagues
  • CV Skills
  • Job search skills
  • Interview Skills

You will work towards achieving an award in:

  • Skills for Employment Entry 3 – Level 1
  • Skills for Employment Entry Level 3/ Level 1
  • Work preparation Level 2 accreditation
  • Functional skills English and maths Entry Level 3 – Level 2 can also be achieved

Here’s how we will achieve it together

You will have a tutor delivering the programme along with a Job Coach to support you with work preparation and employability skills. DFN Project Search takes place at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge.


On completion of the programme, you may have opportunities for paid employment and an accreditation in

  • Skills for Employment Entry 3 – Level 1
  • Using Employability Skills Entry 3 – Level 1
  • Work Preparation Level 2 accreditation
  • Level 1 or 2 Employability Skills
  • NCFE Level 1 or 2 Award in Employment
  • Possibly Functional Skills
  • Paid Employment
  • An Apprenticeship for further study

To view our leaflet, please click here.

To apply please click here.

Outcomes for learners are outstanding, teaching, learning and assessment are excellent and the extremely diverse programmes that meet learners’ individual needs, interests and aspirations, prepare them very well for life after College.
Ofsted Report

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