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Evaluation of Employment Outcomes of Project Search UK

Author: Dr Axel Kaehne

Project SEARCH started at the Cincinnati Childrenʼs Hospital Medical Center in Ohio USA. The idea was to develop placements for people with intellectual disabilities in the hospital which could be utilised as springboards for lasting employment opportunities.

Internships, as a first step towards employment, were thought to be ideal to identify and train potential employees with intellectual disabilities in a similar way to nurses who receive training in hospital settings. The programme was successfully rolled out in the US and was piloted in the UK in 2010. By July 2013 the UK had 17 active sites. In all cases, these sites are run by a collaboration or partnership between the host employer, an education provider or vocational training organisation, and a supported employment agency.

The South West Employment Institute (SWEI) commissioned this evaluation of employment outcomes of Project SEARCH (PS) UK in May 2013.

If you would like to find out more about SWEI please email Anne O'Bryan.


The publisher is South West Employment Institute.

Final Report: Evaluation of Employment Outcomes of Project Search UK  © Dr Axel Kaehne 2014.

All Rights Reserved. No part of this paper may be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher except for the quotation of brief passages in reviews.

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