World Autism Awareness Week: Project SEARCH

To celebrate World Autism Awareness week, we will be recognising the positive contributions our Project SEARCH interns have made to the Students' Union and University since the programme started on campus 18 months ago.

Project SEARCH is a supported Internship for Young People with learning difficulties and/or autism who have dreams and aspirations of finding full-time employment. The programme works in partnership with the Students' Union and University and are offering 3 work experience placements (approximately 12 weeks in length each) to each intern. The programme also works with Phoenix College, Tower Hamlets and Kaleidoscope Sabre.

Since starting back in September 2019, numerous departments have hosted an intern from the portering team and The Curve to the School of Law and Students' Union departments. Project SEARCH have a dedicated space in the Students' Union Hub building on the Mile End campus.

In this article we meet some of the Project SEARCH interns who are working with us at Queen Mary. Look out for them around campus and say hello!

Frank

Interests: Cars, family and friends and football.

Work Experience: Portering, Grounds and Estates

Aspirations: To become a car mechanic and to own my own house

How Project SEARCH at Queen Mary has helped me:

  • To learn new skills at the university
  • Write a CV and a Cover Letter
  • Get ready for employment

David

Interests: MMA, Cage fighting, jogging and writing

Work Experience: Qmotion Sport and Fitness Centre and the School of Business Management

Aspirations: To become a personal trainer and a professional MMA fighter

How Project SEARCH at Queen Mary has helped me:

  • To become more confident
  • Meet new people
  • Reach my goals

Stephanie

Interests: Drawing, anime and video games

Work Experience: Directorate Support and The School of Law

Aspirations: To become a character designer

How Project SEARCH at Queen Mary has helped me:

  • To become more considerate of others
  • Learn what it is like to work in a professional environment

Rubayat

Interests: TV shows, Family and friends and eating out.

Work Experience: School of Business Management & Enterprise

Aspirations: For my Tie-Dye business to be successful

How Project SEARCH at Queen Mary has helped me:

  • To start a small business
  • Improve my communication skills

Jue

Interests: Shopping, watching movies, listening to music

Work Experience: School of Business Management

Aspirations: To earn money and to get a job I enjoy

How Project SEARCH at Queen Mary has helped me:

  • Given me work experience
  • Become more independent
  • Learn new skills

Nayim

Interests: Computers, Watching movies and boxing

Work Experience: Students' Union IT and IT Services

Aspirations: To be an IT technician and to support my family

How Project SEARCH at Queen Mary has helped me:

  • Improved my communication
  • Learned more about working in IT

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