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DFN Project SEARCH is a one-year transition to work programme for young adults aged between 16 and 24 years old with a learning disability or autism spectrum conditions, or both.

Everyone deserves the right to aspire to the very best future, yet only 5.1% of people in England, with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) go on to secure full-time paid employment, compared to 80% of their peers.

At DFN Project SEARCH we work hard to challenge and change cultures, demonstrating how young people with a learning disability can enrich the workforce, bring incredible skills and talent, encourage greater diversity and meet a real business need.

We partner with organisations across the public, private, and voluntary sectors to create supported employment internships for young people in their last year of education, helping them to take positive first steps into the world of work.

Our unique programmes around the UK have been established with various prestigious employers including hospitals, local authorities, universities, and a number of private sector businesses.

At the end of the programme, on average 70% of DFN Project SEARCH graduates gain jobs, 60% of them achieving full-time permanent roles.

We believe in empowering all young people to enter the workplace with confidence.

More information about the positive impact of supported internships for young adults with learning disabilities and/or autism,or contact us locally by emailing: or calling 01253 477878.