These stories celebrate the achievements of programme participants and partners throughout the network of DFN Project SEARCH sites. We are inspired and motivated by these examples of young people finding fulfilment, learning new skills, and getting good jobs; new programmes starting up; and awards received for innovative approaches and excellent outcomes.

Project SEARCH in the News


Mar 19

Support in Work Award – Jim Wylie

Jim Wylie a Project SEARCH Follow on Job Coach was a winner at the 2018 Scottish National Learning Disability Awards.

He was nominated by the Interns he has supported at the NHS Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

Jim’s dedication in supporting the young people employed by the NHS is an example of the benefits of long term support once you have gained employment.


Mar 19

Job Vacancy: London Programme Specialist

Salary: £35,000 – £50,000

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Programme Specialist to join the Central DFN Project SEARCH Team based in the London area.

You will support our existing programmes to ensure they have all that they need to deliver excellent outcomes for young people, and you will help us to grow new strong partnerships to fulfil our ambition and ensure that everyone who needs a DFN Project SEARCH programme has access to one wherever they live!

You will have experience of DFN Project SEARCH and will have worked as a host business liaison or in the Education, Local Government or the Supported Employment Sector. You will have a firsthand understanding of partnership working, be a great presenter and have an ability to manage projects and keep everyone engaged and on task. You will be knowledgeable about the SEND sector in England and understand the regulations and funding in this area. You will be a great networker and a team player who is determined to make a real difference.

This job will be based in London but you must be prepared to work in other areas across the UK as required. There will be significant travel and planning demands and you will need to be a self-starter. You will effectively manage your own diary, ensuring that you deliver a great service that also offers great value for money. Your starting salary will be dependent on your experience. All reasonable expenses incurred in connection with the job will be paid. We are committed to continuous professional development and you will be well trained and supported in the UK as well as attending the International Project SEARCH Conference in the US each year.

DFN Project SEARCH supports students and young adults with special needs to receive effective preparation for employment training in a real work setting, leading to improved access to long-term paid employment. DFN Project SEARCH is the Franchise holder for the leading supported internship program in the world, Project SEARCH, and we operate in the UK, Ireland and Iberia.

If you are interested and want an informal discussion about the role than please contact Anne O’Bryan on 07718 746 588

If you want to apply, then please complete the attached application form and return it to by 5.00 PM on the 4th April

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Important Dates

Application Form Closing Date: 4th April
Shortlisting Date: 5th April
Interview Date: 10th April in London


Mar 19

Project SEARCH USA Annual Conference, Bursary Opportunity

DFN Project SEARCH is delighted to announce that three Bursaries are to be made available to cover the full costs (including travel, conference attendance and accommodation) of attending this year’s World Annual Project SEARCH conference in Anaheim in California from the 29th July 2019 to the 2nd August 2019.

Applications for the three Bursaries are invited from:

  • Host Business Liaisons
  • Tutors/Lecturers
  • Job Coaches

One Bursary will be awarded in each of these categories.

If you wish to apply you will be asked to complete an application form and agree to:

  • Write a newsletter article for the DFN Project SEARCH programmes about your experience and learning
  • Write a newsletter and articles for further distribution beyond DFN Project SEARCH Programmes
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation to other team members from DFN Project SEARCH programmes about the key points you have learned and what you think will make a real difference to your practice and outcomes.

If you want to attend this fabulous conference and share your experience with others when you return and you have checked that you can do these dates and are happy to travel alone – this is your opportunity to be part of this world-wide event and be truly inspired!

To apply please complete the attached application form and return it to by 4.00 PM on the 29th March 2019.

Application Form

A judging panel will be established to review the applications submitted by the 12th April 2019. The decision of the judging panel will be final.


Jan 19

New office address

We are pleased to inform you that with effect from Monday 28th January 2019, we have a new office. Please update your records with our new details:

Bridge House
181 Queen Victoria Street
T: 020 3955 5280

We appreciation your continued support. The DFN Charitable Foundation and DFN Project SEARCH team


Jun 18

Bradford Hospital wins national award for ‘trail blazing’ project

A BRADFORD hospital team has scooped a top accolade for its trail-blazing work with young people with learning difficulties.

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May 18

PHE to be presented with an AIRTO Special Recognition Award

PHE are to be awarded an AIRTO Special Recognition Award, for their exceptional work in advancement of equality, diversity and inclusion with DFN Project SEARCH to help young people with learning difficulties and autism gain meaningful employment.

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