Great Yarmouth Borough Council links with East Coast College to launch new internship programme
Great Yarmouth Borough Council and East Coast College have announced the launch of a new supported-internship collaboration with DFN Project SEARCH, building on the success of the scheme's 10-year partnership with the James Paget University Hospital.
The ground-breaking initiative, called DFN Project SEARCH, aims to transform lives and empower individuals by bridging the gap between education and employment. The plan is to create a supportive and inclusive environment where those with additional needs can gain the skills, knowledge and experience to secure meaningful employment opportunities.
The scheme is designed to foster an inclusive society and help create a more equitable and accessible community for all, extending the opportunities and possible job roles for young people with additional needs.
The variety of placements offered at Great Yarmouth Borough Council will ensure those participating in the programme have the confidence, employability skills and work experience to secure and sustain permanent employment.
Councillor Penny Carpenter, Mayor of Great Yarmouth, said: "In December 2022, I visited the James Paget Hospital, where DFN Project SEARCH has been working for many years, and met with staff and individuals who were working in catering, housekeeping, stores, the pharmacy and the breast imaging department.
"What struck me was the enthusiasm of the young people and their positive can-do attitude: they really wanted to learn. Most importantly, I saw first-hand the staff's encouragement, support and protectiveness of these young people, some of whom had started on this scheme and are now fully employed."
Stuart Rimmer, Chief Executive Officer of East Coast College, said, "We want to thank Great Yarmouth Borough Council for taking the decision to run a supported internship, demonstrating their commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce."
Claire Skipper, Learning and Organisational Development Advisor at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: "By launching our DFN Project SEARCH initiative, the council and East Coast College are investing in the future of our community. Cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce that embraces the talents and contributions of all individuals is something we are really proud to be a part of."