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Finding a job for young people with SEND

Project Search is an international work placement programme for students and young people with learning difficulties.

Applications and referrals are open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • If you are 16 to 24 years old
  • Do you have the appropriate skills for the host business (confidentiality, customer care and communication)
  • Do you have the ability to take direction and change behaviour
  • Are you willing to access public transport
  • You do not have to meet higher level academic requirements to apply.

Most of all you need the desire to work!

Benefits to the students:

  • Participate in a variety of internships within the council and our partners
  • Acquire competitive, transferable and marketable job skills
  • Gain increased independence, confidence, and self esteem
  • Obtain work based coaching, instruction and feedback

Since its creation in 1997 it has launched 24 Project search sites within the UK alone.

This is the first of its kind in Blackpool, and Blackpool Council has committed to running this partnership programme beyond 2014!

Joining project search

If you are a young person interested in joining project search In the future then speak to us on 01253 477878 or email

If you are a tutor or carer who thinks they know someone who would be suitable for the programme please speak to any of the contacts below!


Do you need more information on Project Search? Email

Supported internships

Supported Internships are for people aged 16 to 24 with learning difficulties or disabilities who need extra help to get a job. They are a study programme where you do most of your learning at work and some in college.

To be eligible you need to have an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

You can find out about supported internships from:

  • School
  • College
  • Your social worker or transition worker 
  • Job Centre Plus

More information and advice

Jobcentre Plus – find your local Jobcentre