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New jobs for young people - Project SEARCH really works




Project SEARCH is a programme for young people in their last year of full-time education, designed to find them full-time, permanent employment through a series of work placements. Our local Project SEARCH programme based at Whipps Cross University Hospital and coordinated by Whitefield - launched in September 2013. This was all made possible after Elaine Colquhoun, the Trust's Principle, visited the founding site at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

The results are in and Project SEARCH's first year in East London has proved to be a tremendous success. All five students who graduated from the Whipps Cross Barts Heath NHS Trust programme have found permanent jobs.  All are receiving continuing support from the Project and the school as they begin their working lives.

  •  Ben gained sufficient confidence during his time at Project SEARCH to take the initiative and approach the foreman on a local building site and secure a permanent, full-time paid position as a labourer there. He has received ongoing support and has begun to learn to drive
  • Sam started Project SEARCH with the sole aim of become a Porter. This dream has now become reality as Sam has taken up a full time, paid  job doing just that at the hospital.
  • Rianne developed impressive communications skills throughout her placements and is now a full-time permanent health care support worker at Whipps
  • Nathan has taken his new-found administrative and ICT skills and become a full-time paid clerical assistant at Whitefield Academy.
  •  Ryan achieved extraordinary success when he was awarded a Band 3 position as a Reprocessing Technician in Endoscopy for Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust. He is thriving at his new position at Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s Hospitals.

Last year's success is just the beginning and this September saw Project SEARCH take on a much larger intake of twelve interns. These have come from Whitefield, William Morris and Joseph Clarke schools together with mainstream schools and Waltham Forest College. Once again they were offered work placements by Barts Health.  And the growth isn't stopping there.  Next year Barts will be joined by Waltham Forest Council in offering placements and the Project is aiming to maintain its 100% success rate.

Project SEARCH at Whipps Cross Hospital is coordinated by Jamie Bargeman, a senior teacher and the project lead from Whitefield, Lucy Anson-Golding a job coach from employment specialists Sabre / Kaleidoscope and two newly appointed job coaches employed by William Morris and Whitefield.

Graduation day for the successful candidates

For more information contact: 

Chris Noble
Media & Learning Resources