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DFN Project SEARCH is a one year transition-to-work programme for young adults with a learning disability or on the autism spectrum, or both.

DFN Project SEARCH work hard to challenge and change cultures, demonstrating how young people with a learning disability can enrich the workforce, bring incredible skills and talent, encourage greater diversity and meet a real business need.  We partner with organisations across the public, private, and voluntary sectors to create supported employment internships for young people in their last year of education, helping them to take positive first steps into the world of work. 

We believe in empowering all young people to enter the workplace with confidence. 

DFN Project SEARCH Hull boasts a range of internship opportunities including catering, administration, stock management and more. Interns participate in two to three placement rotations to explore a variety of career paths. Each intern works with a Job Facilitator and Job Coach, Host Mentor and their families to create individualised employment goals.  

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Interns will be based within areas at ASDA, Mount Pleasant, Hull and must be aged between 16 and 24 years.

Interns usually spend one hour in the morning learning employability and life skills before starting their work placement. They will then experience a typical workplace day, working for 5 hours. A catch-up session is included at the end of the day.

Find out how to apply further down the page.



To be eligible for DFN Project SEARCH Hull, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • You must be aged between 18 - 24
  • You must be a Local Authority Resident (Hull & East Riding of Yorkshire)
  • You must have the ability and desire to progress and change your behaviours around work and employment
  • You must be willing to access public transport

What to expect

1 hour a day at the DFN Project SEARCH base, learning employability and life skills.

Independent travel to work placement. 

A typical workplace day, working 5 hours per day, followed by a catch-up at the end of the day over Microsoft TEAMS. 

Support from the DFN Project SEARCH team during and after the internship. 

A DBS check will form part of the induction. 

Partnered with CHCP, Hull City Council, East Riding Council 

What to expect

How to apply

CHCP Partnership Application Form

ASDA Partnership Application Form

Please fill in the form and send to the following address: 

Wendy Macadam 

Employer Engagement Manager 

Wilberforce College 

Saltshouse Road 


HU8 9HD 

Once we have received your completed application form, you will then be invited to an Interview and Assessment Day, to enable us to get to know you better.

For more information contact: 

07970 680503 

Other points of information: 

Supported Internships | Hull SEND Local Offer (

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