Training for Employability
Project SEARCH is a one year Internship programme, based on an international model which originated in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the USA, supporting young people with additional learning needs to gain skills and experience to move on to employment.
Project SEARCH University of Aberdeen commenced in September 2013 and is hosted by the University. The training programme is delivered in partnership with North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, the Scottish Commission for Learning Disabilities (SCLD) and Inspire.
The programme enables up to twelve Interns per year to receive support to undertake three work placements within the University, whilst studying to attain a vocational qualification (City & Guilds Certificate in Employability Skills). Throughout the year, the Interns receive support to source and sustain paid employment.
Inspire employs a full time Senior Job Coach and part time Job Coach, who are responsible for developing the internships both around the University and outwith the host business in some local organisations.
Job Coaches ensure Interns are supported in their work placements, advise on reasonable adjustments and spend time with Interns helping them to learn new tasks and settle into their individual roles, as well as liaising with supervisors to make sure they are also adequately supported.
Inspire's Job Coaches support the interns to search and apply for suitable jobs towards the end of their academic year, as well as attend interviews and settle into paid employment.