Young people with learning disabilities are graduating from a year long course helping scientists and doctors at work.

The nine graduates were joined by friends and family in the Public Health England building in Colindale on Saturday to receive their certificates.

Lab co-ordinator Paul Laidler led the programme, called Project SEARCH, for the past two years.

He said: "We are delighted to be part of the Project SEARCH initiative that equips young adults with valuable practical skills for the working world.

"Our students this year have grown tremendously working alongside staff in the Operations Department.

“Some of our previous Project SEARCH participants have gone on to work at Public Health England as part of our team.

"We congratulate this year's cohort on their achievements.

“Applications for 2019's cohort open soon; we look forward to supporting and working alongside more young adults with great potential."

To find out more about the programme and get involved email