Innovative Practices 2013 on Employment
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The programme takes place entirely within a business setting where students participate in three internships to explore a variety of career options. This total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on, worksite-based training and support. The goal for each student is competitive employment.
The programme originated at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the United States in the mid-1990s. Since then, Project SEARCH has expanded to over 200 sites across the USA and in England, Scotland, Canada and Australia. In an evaluation of Project SEARCH in the UK, interns reported a positive experience of the programme. Partners of the project, the interns and their parents stated that the student interns’ confidence, motivation, decision-making skills, self-esteem and health had all improved.
IMPLEMENTATION IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES
Originating in the USA, the programme has now also been implemented in England, Scotland, Canada and Australia
Daston, M.M., Riehle E., Rutkowski S.C. (2012) High school transition that works! Lessons learned from Project SEARCH. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.
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