Recruitment for Session 2021/22

Greetings potential interns!

DFN Project SEARCH is an employability programme for young people (ages 16-25) with learning disabilities or who are on the autism spectrum. Does the thought of working or applying to a job make you feel nervous? Are you having trouble finding the right job for you? Or would you simply like more experience and qualifications before you take that next step into work? Whatever your current level of confidence and understanding, you will always be able to get something out of Project SEARCH, which aims to make your transition into the workplace as smooth as possible.

*Closing date for applications is Friday 11 June at 5pm*

What does DFN Project SEARCH involve?

DFN Project SEARCH combines a North East Scotland College course that teaches employability skills and independence with a series of three part-time internships in a wide variety of jobs. Graduates will receive a City and Guilds Certificate in Employability Skills as well as additional training qualifications such as Microsoft Office Administration, Manual Handling, First Aid and Food Hygiene. In the workplace, Job Coaches are always happy to provide support to help you build professional skills, learn new tasks and ultimately, source employment in your local area.

Job Coaches will help you find the internships that best suit your skills and job interests. Each internship lasts approximately 10 weeks and allows you to practice writing CVs, cover letters and resignation letters, as well as attend your own practice job interviews. No matter which internships you choose, your day will always begin and end with some class based training where you can complete your City and Guilds coursework, learn new IT skills and talk to your Job Coaches and Lecturers about any questions or concerns you may have.

Interested so far? Here’s how to learn more

Due to the current COVID-19 situation we are unable to predict certain key details of the upcoming year. Be sure to keep checking our Facebook page as we shall continue to use this to keep you all informed and updated as the situation progresses.  Over the coming months you can expect to receive more information on the following:

  • The exact location and starting date of DFN Project SEARCH University of Aberdeen 2021-2022, as well as a calendar for the upcoming year.
  • Any changes to the course structure as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, for example the amount of virtual remote learning and the nature of virtual internships
  • Dates and times of Virtual Open Days
How to Apply

If you would like to join us in 2021/22, please complete the application form.

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for more detailed information on the course itself – as well as some exclusive interviews with the current year’s interns! If you have any questions so far, don’t hesitate to contact us via email at

We hope to have piqued your interest on Project SEARCH and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

*Closing date for applications is Friday 11 June at 5pm*

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