Project SEARCH CEO Visits Kirklees College


On Friday 11 March, Kirklees Project SEARCH Huddersfield had a visit from DFN Project SEARCH’s CEO, Claire Cookson, along with Programme Specialist Sarah Palmer, the Kirklees Council Senior Leadership Team, Kirklees College Senior Leadership Team, REAL Employment and Matt Boyle, Marketing Director of Witherslack Group.

Project SEARCH is an internship programme supporting young people aged 18-24 with learning difficulties and/or autism into long-term, meaningful employment.

Kirklees College is currently working alongside Kirklees Council, providing a series of rotations (work placements) for interns to gain valuable work experience and the transferrable skills needed for the working world.

The main purpose of the visit was to visit the Huddersfield site and showcase good practice. The visit also gave Matt an insight into the fantastic work of Project SEARCH as a potential progression pathway for some of Witherslack Group’s students.

They went out to observe two interns in their rotations and asked them lots of questions about their aspirations and goals. The visit was a great success and an excellent opportunity for the host business and Project SEARCH to meet.

Claire Cookson, CEO of Project SEARCH said:

“We have an incredible partnership with Kirklees College. The drive, determination and values you all share to provide a phenomenal programme is something very special indeed. You are a shining light of just what can be achieved using the DFN Project SEARCH model. I was blown away. Thank you for being a showcase site.

The visit was such a wonderful reminder of why we all do what we do, and how together we can make a huge difference to the lives of people who really deserve it. Thank you, brilliant Team Kirklees.”

For more information about Project SEARCH, please visit: Project Search – Kirklees College

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