Project | SEARCH
A School-to-Work Training Program
What is Project | SEARCH?
Project | SEARCH offers total workplace immersion (3 work placements, 700+ hours of hands-on experience) for students with Intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (MID, DD, ASD).
Download a copy of our Information Night presentation containing an overview of Project | SEARCH and its focus on new pathways for youth with disabilities.
Project | SEARCH Brantford Community Partners
Project | SEARCH Model
The Project | SEARCH model was developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1996. Currently, there are 650+ Project | SEARCH sites worldwide. The program reports that approximately 75% of students are employed within a year of graduation. This reflects the overall success of the program for graduates and their employers.
Project | SEARCH sites may offer transition-to-work training for high school students and/or young adults. Successful candidates who join Project | SEARCH will:
What Project | SEARCH Looks Like
There are two facets to the Project | SEARCH program: employment skills instruction and employment skills application.
Each day begins in the Project | SEARCH classroom at the host business site where students learn employability skills. After the class, the majority of each day is spent in hands-on training. The work placements are selected to ensure that students develop the skills that are in demand in their local labour markets. Students end their day back in the classroom, reflecting on the day, journaling their key learnings, problem-solving, and planning. The program runs for approximately 10 months.
The teacher and skills trainers are onsite at the host business daily. In the classroom and on-the-job, they teach both the hard and soft skills needed for workplace success. In addition, students receive guidance from mentors, known as Champions, who are experienced staff of the host business. The mentors/ Champions act as advisors to guide the students’ skill development. They share real-world performance expectations, help the students reflect on the competencies they are developing and give open, candid feedback.
The ultimate goal is to support students to be successful in their post-graduation search for competitive employment, utilizing the skills learned in the work experiences and throughout the program. Some students may be hired by the host business where they trained. Others find employment in a range of industries in their local communities.
Project | SEARCH Brantford's Host Business Site
Project | SEARCH Brantford's host business site is St. Joseph's Long-Term Care Home, located at 99 Wayne Gretzy Parkway, Brantford.
St. Joseph's Long-Term Care Home
St. Joseph's Long-Term Care Home is part of the St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre Campus of Care which also includes Stedman Community Hospice and several independent medical offices and services.
Project | SEARCH Brantford's Supported Employment Program Partner
Project | SEARCH Brantford's community partner is Community Living Brant.
Community Living Brant has been working with people to reach their employment goals for over 30 years, focusing on long-term employment supports that include:
Project | SEARCH Application Form 2023-24
Click this link to download the Project | SEARCH Application form.
The purpose of the form:
The purpose of this application package is to outline the skill set of the Project | SEARCH Brantford Student Applicant. Applicants are applying for a Grand Erie work placement at the St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre for the 2023- 2024 school year.
This application package allows the Selection Committee, which comprises representatives from Grand Erie School Board, St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre, and Community Living Brant, to properly assess each applicant’s skills, abilities, and background. The Selection Committee may contact a parent/caregiver, applicant, school staff, or reference to gather additional information. The goal is to select applicants who will be successful in the Project | SEARCH Brantford program and reach the outcome of competitive employment following graduation.
Hire a Talented Project | SEARCH Graduate
Project | SEARCH graduates excel in roles that are complex and systematic. They have more than 700 hours of hands-on work experience, as well as the technical and soft skills your organization requires.
There are many benefits. Your organization will:
Community Living Brant supports you and your new employee in recruitment, start-up and job maintenance.
Contribute Your Experience
You may be interested in becoming a Business Advisor for a Project | SEARCH Brantford or supporting Project | SEARCH students with their career preparation activities.
Project | SEARCH Business Advisors share industry-specific knowledge to help ensure that the combined classroom and hands-on training builds the skills needed for entry-level success. Business Advisors also help open doors to employment for Project | SEARCH graduates by making introductions to people in your network.
Project | SEARCH Brantford may look for business connections for career preparation activities such as:
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