SCQF Level 5
Access and Continuing Education

Course Overview

Edinburgh Project SEARCH is a unique partnership between Edinburgh College, employers (The City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian) and a supported employment specialist (Into Work). During this course, you will learn relevant and transferrable skills while working in a business environment. You will take part in three internships where you will learn new skills and improve your confidence while gaining over 800 hours of work practice. A learning and engagement officer as well as a job coach will be there to support you and will work closely with a business to provide relevant workroom learning and internships to help you get ready for employment. Edinburgh Project SEARCH offers study towards an SQA Employability Award that demonstrates your job-readiness to employers. 

Our goal is that 100% of people on the programme find employment before the end of the course or within a short period of graduating.

What You Will Learn

You will complete workroom-based activities and tasks to help you get ready for employment and gain skills in: 

  • Communication  
  • Teamwork 
  • Problem Solving  


Placement Information

You will be based with either the City of Edinburgh Council or NHS Lothian which are large employers and offers a variety of opportunities. Types of internships available previously have included administration, reception, mailroom, catering, hospitality, librarian, portering, domestic assistant, stores department and clinical support work.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for Edinburgh Project SEARCH you must: 

  • Be between 16 and 29 years old 
  • Want to secure a full-time job (16+ hours) 
  • Have a recognised disability 
  • Be willing to commit to the programme full-time for one year 
  • Be able to travel alone, or learn how to do this by the time the course starts. 


English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed

The SQA Employability Award will be assessed within the workroom and completed during this time.  There will be ongoing activities and assignments to help you to be a success during your internship. 

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

There will be a selection day where you will take part in group exercises and teamwork activities. 

Progression And Articulation Routes

  • As well as employment, our young people have also progressed to further study on a Modern Apprenticeship with employers such as The Scottish Government and Amey

Career Opportunities

  • On completion of this course, many young people progress into employment either in the host businesses or working with one of our business partners. 
  • You will be supported to find employment by the learning and engagement officer and job coaches.

Number Of Days Per Week

  • 5 days per week (9.00am-4.00pm, Monday-Friday, during Edinburgh College term-time) 

Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Former Edinburgh College student and Project SEARCH graduate Rory Landale met Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn to share his journey into employment. 

Mr Hepburn visited Rory at Creative Exchange, where he secured a receptionist role after completing the Project SEARCH programme. 

During his visit Mr Hepburn heard how Rory had struggled to find employment and how the programme supported him in finding a job and adjusting to life in the workplace. Watch a video of their meeting

Mr Hepburn said: “It was fantastic to meet Rory and hear how support from Project SEARCH has helped him secure a role at Creative Exchange. 

“Rory’s attitude and enthusiasm are clearly recognised by his colleagues. This is exactly why we are running a month-long campaign to tackle the barriers to work and highlight the importance of giving disabled people equal access to employment opportunities.” 

Read more of our student stories here


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