Develop the skills to find rewarding employment

UnitingCare is proud to be partnering with Project SEARCH to offer internships to young adults with developmental disabilities. The nine-month program for people aged 17-23 aims to develop your workplace skills and to secure pathways into stable and rewarding employment.

As an intern, you will complete three 10-week rotations at The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. Here, you will:

  • Participate in a variety of roles within the hospital
  • Build competitive, transferrable and marketable job skills
  • Increase your independence, confidence and self-esteem
  • Receive work-based coaching, instruction and feedback
  • Develop links to disability employment services following the internship.

For more information, download the Project SEARCH information booklet.

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Project SEARCH

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UnitingCare is the first organisation in Australia to introduce the innovative Project SEARCH program, which has its origins in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the United States. Watch the video below to find out more.

Project SEARCH

Eligibility criteria

To become a Project SEARCH intern, you must:

  • Be aged between 17-23
  • Receive or be eligible to receive NDIS funding under the School Leaver Employment Supports category
  • Have independent personal hygiene, grooming and daily living skills
  • Be able to take direction and communicate effectively in a workplace setting
  • Be able to pass Criminal History and drug screen checks
  • Have the desire, family support and plan to work in the open labour market at the conclusion of the Project SEARCH program
  • Have completed year 12 before commencing the internship.

Previous experience in a work environment (work experience, volunteer or paid work) is highly desirable.

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