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Oct 31, 2018

Work-ready students reach for success


Newfriars College leads the way in launching new workplace scheme to help prepare students for the world of work.

The Bucknall-based college is the first education provider in Staffordshire to join Project SEARCH, a business-led, one-year work-preparation programme for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Speaking of the programme, Principal of the Special College, Rob Millington, said: “The launch of Project Search in September 2018 was the beginning of something unique in Staffordshire.

“Our primary objective is to secure competitive employment for every programme participant.”

With over 300 other Project SEARCH sites worldwide, participating students acquire competitive, transferable and marketable job skills, while growing their independence, confidence and self-esteem.

The hallmark of Project SEARCH is total workplace immersion, which facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training. 

Mr Millington further commented: “I am amazed and delighted at the development of our students who are embracing this chance. They have made new friends, improved their confidence and independence skills and are now showing their real true potential.”

Steps are already underway for next year’s intake to Project SEARCH. Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort will open after Christmas, with selection interviews and recruitment taster days taking place from March 2019.

For more information, please contact Newfriars College (formerly Blackfriars FE Department), in Bucknall, on 01782 987 180.