Helping young people with Additional Learning Needs succeed in employment


A project which provides young people with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) with the support and training necessary so that they can successfully go onto employment has launched in Cardiff.

In joint partnership between Cardiff Council, the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Project Search provides training and work experience placements to young people with additional learning needs and/or autism, with the aim of preparing and supporting them in their transition from school to full time employment.

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Since its initial pilot in September 2021, the scheme has been supported by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board who, as the employment partner, has provided a range of supported work experience placements at several departments at the University Hospital Wales in Heath, including pharmacy, cellular pathology, catering, switchboard, linen, housekeeping and portering.

Organisers are now looking for other employers and organisations to come forward and support future work placements. For more information please

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Pupils from Woodlands High School and Whitchurch High School in Cardiff and Ysgol Y Deri in the Vale of Glamorgan have been provided with lessons on employability skills and received support from Cardiff's Into Work Advice Service's specialist employment coach to access work experience placements during the full-time, one year programme.