DFN Project Search

DFN Project Search creates Employment Internships for people with learning difficulties and autism spectrum conditions, based here at Calico Enterprise in Burnley.

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About DFN Project Search

DFN Project SEARCH provides internships and employment training for people with a variety of learning difficulties and autism spectrum conditions aged 16-24.

Delivered in partnership by The Calico Group as the host employer, Burnley College, Lancashire County Council and HFT, the aim of DFN Project Search is to support you through a work programme within The Calico Group, helping you to gain the skills you need to maximise your potential and to find paid employment.

How DFN Project SEARCH works

The programme runs for one year during term time, starting in September. We will be supporting a group of 8-12 young adults who are currently studying at college. All our interns have a variety of learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions.

Throughout the year, we will rotate each intern through three placements, giving them a variety of opportunities to build on their skills. We will also provide continual feedback throughout.

At the end of each internship, our desired outcome will be to help you gain employment.

Get in touch

If you think you would benefit from a DFN Project SEARCH internship, and you’d like more information,  get in touch with Sian Foster by email; sfoster2@calico.org.uk or by phone 01282 686424


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

  • have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • be aged between 18-24 years old
  • be a Local Authority resident
  • be an appropriate fit for The Calico Group
    have an ability and desire to progress and change your behaviours around work and employment
    be willing to access public transport.

How the programme runs

DFN Project SEARCH is delivered by one Tutor and one Job Coach.

Each working day will consist of two classroom-based teaching sessions at 9-10am and 3-4pm. The afternoon session will also provide an opportunity to debrief about your working day.

Between the two teaching sessions, you will carry out your work placement with The Calico Group from 10am-3pm, minus a lunch break.

Our Job Coach will shadow each work placement prior to your Internship starting, helping them to gain an understanding of the job role and to find appropriate levels of work.

Both the Tutor and Job Coach will also be there to support you in your search for employment.

What is DFN?

DFN is a charitable foundation called Delivering the Future Now. Established in 2014 to make a positive difference to the lives of young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Find out more about them.

Get In Touch

Interested in what we could do for you? Get in touch today and we will be happy to talk through your options.

Tel: 01282 686735 or 07976079625

Email: skills@calico.org.uk