DFN Project Search Supported Internship in partnership with London Borough of 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?

If you are between 17 and 24 years and would like to access further training and employment, then this is a great programme for you. You will be in a work placement up to five days per week from 9am to 3.30pm.

What are the entry requirements?

To apply you will need to the complete an application form and then ask your Local Authority to consult with Orchard Hill College. Applicants need to be working at Entry Level 3 (or above, up to Level 2). Applicants must have an active EHCP. We would like to meet you for an assessment before you join us on Project Search. We want to make sure this is the right programme for you.

About the programme

Orchard Hill College have partnered with Hillingdon Council and Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support (HACS) to deliver a Transition to Work programme. This Practical programme has been designed to prepare your for the next exciting steps in your life. You will learn skills to start you on your pathway to work.

You will be based at the Civic centre in Uxbridge and gain a range of transferable and marketable job skills. You will be supported to work within different areas of the council including;

  • Administration
  • Building Maintenance
  • Catering and Hospitatlity
  • 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

You will work towards achieving an accreditation. Functional skills English and maths Entry Level 3 – Level 2 can also be achieved (if applicable).

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. Project Search takes place at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge.


Opportunities for full time paid employment.

Our partners

The programme is in partnership with Project Search, Hillingdon Council and Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support (HACS)

For more information, please contact:

To download the course flyer 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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