Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a supported internship programme for 16 to 24 year olds with learning disabilities and autism who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

The programme helps young people to prepare for employment through a mix of education and work experience placements.

Project Search is a collaboration between Lancashire County Council, Preston's College and the charity Hft.

Interns take part in three different experiences at Lancashire County Council to build their skills and develop a career path.

Interns work with their family, an instructor and supported employment specialist. Together you will set an employment goal and the team will plan the support you need. You will get feedback on how you are doing and learn the new skills you need to progress from education into work.

Project SEARCH is a partnership between business, education and professionals in supported employment:

  • Lancashire County Council provide job placements and a classroom
  • Preston's College provide a tutor and learning support for classroom sessions
  • Hft provide a job coach in the workplace and a follow-on coach after the internship finishes
  • The Department for Work and Pensions provide ’Access to Work’ funding


To apply for Project SEARCH you must:

  • be aged 16-24
  • have an EHC plan
  • have reached the end of your education
  • be able to develop the skills needed by a business
  • be able to travel independently to Preston City Centre
  • want to work and be successful


For more information or for an application form, please contact the team at or 01772 531641.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to an assessment day. You will meet the team, take part in an interview and have the chance to ask your own questions about Project SEARCH.