Young people with special needs have celebrated graduation from a groundbreaking scheme that has helped them find paid employment.
Lynn’s College of West Anglia, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Remploy, an organisation which helps disabled people find employment, teamed up to create Project Search and have managed to place 70 per cent of their students into paid full-time employment.
Jason Brown, 21, a former Ethel Tipple Special School pupil from St Germans, got a job as a porter at the hospital after taking part in the scheme.
He said: “It’s brilliant. I couldn’t ask for any more.
“I like the idea of meeting people and actually doing something instead of sitting around doing nothing.
“I don’t think I would have got a job, certainly not one this good, without Project Search.”
Project Search students are offered three work placements over 12 months to get experience in a real environment and then assisted in applying for actual positions.
Jason got experience working in the stores and recycling areas of the hospital during the course and on his sixth job application secured the porter job.
To celebrate the success of the course, Geoffrey Wareham, West Norfolk mayor, presented representatives from the organisations involved with a glass trophy.