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We Help Young People Move into Life-Changing Jobs

We offer:

  • A pathway that can lead to sustainable paid employment.
  • 800 hours of marketable skills acquisition.
  • A focused employability curriculum delivered from the workplace.
  • Ground-breaking opportunities to learn with prestigious employer partners such as the NHS, Local Authorities, Next Distribution and Marriott Hotels.

Empowering young people into work

Brian’s Story

Brian, Graduate, London Heathrow Marriott

Through the power of DFN Project SEARCH, Brian now has the world at his feet thanks to a full-time position at Marriott Hotels.

Having successfully completed the pioneering programme he has secured a role as an engineer.

Brian said: "Thanks to DFN Project SEARCH I look forward to every day."

Aimee's Story

Aimee, Graduate, Nottinghamshire County Council

Aimee’s faced many challenges but by joining DFN Project SEARCH she was able to get a real insight into the workplace and what skills she needed to secure a job.

After completing the programme, Aimee obtained a position working in Children's Disability Services at Nottinghamshire County Council.

Aimee said: "Being at work has helped my confidence grow. It has been a long hard journey but well worth it. Work is so important to me, and the feeling of being accepted means everything to me."

Ekene’s Story

Ekene, Graduate, Charing Cross Hospital

After successfully completing a DFN Project SEARCH programme Ekene was offered a job by medical device supplier Arjo.

Now Ekene works as a Laundry Technician at London’s Charing Cross Hospital.

Camila Majica-Braesyde, Project SEARCH Business liaison at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said: "Ekene has not only developed his practical skills, but his social skills have blossomed. He has grown in confidence and has continued to challenge stereotypes around employing people with disabilities by providing an outstanding service."

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DFN Project SEARCH Outcome Criteria

At least 16 hours per week


Paid at the prevailing rate for the job

In an integrated work setting

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NHS Administration




Facilities Assistant




Event Management