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Project SEARCH Graduation 2015
On Friday 17th July, we had our Project SEARCH Graduation kindly hosted by The Crowne Plaza in Reading for the 3rd year running. There was much excitement amongst the students with the ladies showing off their new dresses and hairstyles and the young med keeping to their promise of being ‘suited and booted’.
On arrival, the students, their families, and invited guests were treated to a red carpet on arrival, a professional photographer capturing their special moments, a delicious buffet and of course the awards ceremony. Each student was presented with an award which recognises the hard work and effort they have all put in throughout their year spent at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Project SEARCH also recognises two Royal Berkshire Hospital staff members from who have provided exceptional mentoring of students since Project SEARCH started. Luke Wilson, from the Medical Records department, and Hari Gopinath from the Berkshire Cancer Centre have given phenomenal support to the students that have been placed within their departments.
Our students have worked very hard this year to increase their skills, gain experience and become young professionals. We have continued to have fantastic support from The Royal Berkshire Hospital and have had new departments offer rotation opportunities. We are pleased to boast over 50 rotation opportunities, more than any other site in the UK! Having such a range of opportunities enables us to match students to appropriate placements depending on interest and ability. Project SEARCH has had such positive press both internally and externally that we often have departments coming to us to ask for students that they can place within their teams! This is an extremely positive indicator of the impact that the Project SEARCH students, past and present, have created.
Over the last 3 years, 15 young people have gained paid employment having completed our Project SEARCH programme. Once again, our programme has been recognised by as one has attained ‘ousting employment’ for young people with learning difficulties!
For more information about Project SEARCH, please see Brookfields School’s latest newsletter.
For more information about Project SEARCH, please call Brandon Mills on 0118 9421382 or email on [email protected]