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Project SEARCH - Derriford Hospital

Project SEARCH is a partnership between City College Plymouth, Pluss, and University Hospitals NHS Trust (Derriford Hospital). Together they support young adults between 18 and 24 with learning disabilities to gain mainstream paid employment.

Contacts details

Name: Pip Critten
Telephone number: 01752 439008

This is achieved by interns working in three unpaid Supported Internships within Derriford Hospital Plymouth where they learn the skills that employers need through a combination of theory and practical experience. They do this on an honorary contract with the hospital whilst also being students of City College Plymouth.

The course is for an academic year and runs Monday to Friday from 9am until 4pm; excluding lunch breaks they attend 32.5 hours per week.

In addition to the internships, the students complete a Level 1 Diploma in Employability with support from a college tutor, a learning support assistant and an employment advisor from Pluss .

It is a proven method of moving people with Learning Disabilities from being benefit dependant to tax paying employees. Project SEARCH Derriford, Plymouth is a multi-award winning project that has outstanding results

This is a multi-award winning, specialist service that caters for people who meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 18 to 24
  • Have a recognised Learning Disability with a EHC Plan
  • Live at an address that pay rates to Plymouth City Council
  • Wanting to gain paid employment


  • Contracted and Approved Supplier
Based: Plymouth
  • Monday to Friday, 9am until 4pm
  • 17 to 25 years old
  • Learning disabilities

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