Project Search is offering 12 young people with learning difficulties internships with the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
Throughout the year the interns who range from 18 to 24-years-old will work in non-clinical areas of the DGH.
They will undertake placements in pathology, catering, decontamination, pharmacy admin and human resources to name a few.
Project search is a joint partnership between Sussex Downs College, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and East Sussex County Council, supported employment service ChoicES.
Darren Grayson, chief executive of the health trust, said, “I am very proud that we are a host employer for this project. I hope it will help to change the way people think, as it will challenge ideas about what people with a learning disability can do. It will help to raise expectations of employability and the general public will see people with a learning disability hard at work as part of everyday life. I hope the project is as successful here as it is in the States with 80 per cent of the interns achieving full time paid employment.”
Project intern Macaulay Cassidy, 18, said he the experience would ‘prove you can get a job no matter who you are’.