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.
You will complete workroom-based activities and tasks to
help you get ready for employment and gain skills in:
- Problem Solving
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.
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
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
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
- On completion of this course, many young people progress
into employment either in the host businesses or working with one of our
- You will be supported to find employment by the learning and engagement officer and
- 5 days per week (9.00am-4.00pm, Monday-Friday,
during Edinburgh College term-time)
Course Cost And Funding Options
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.