Project SEARCH Session 2023/24
Greetings potential interns!
DFN Project SEARCH is an employability programme for young people (ages 16-24) 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.
Our recruitment timetable for Session 2023/24 is:
- December 2022 - Recruitment opens
- 2 February 2023 - Open Day (drop-in sessions running throughout the day from 10am until 4pm)
- 27 March 2023 – Closing Date
- 31 March 2023 – Invitation to Interview letters issued to shortlisted applicants
- Week of 17 April 2023 – Interviews
We will be holding an Open Day in the Project SEARCH classroom, Butchart Building, University Road, on Thursday 2 February 2023. Please come along any time between 10am and 4pm to see round the classroom, meet the team and ask any questions you have about the programme. Support will also be available to anyone wanting to complete an application form.
For more information on how to apply, see the 'How to Apply' panel below.
Further information about Project SEARCH is available in our recruitment leaflet.
DFN Project SEARCH has produced a video which features Interns across the UK and Ireland (including some of our Aberdeen Interns) working on their internship.
To watch the video and see what being a Project SEARCH Intern is like, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLRHhMQw-Bs.
- 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
To find out more information, contact Jim Saunders on 07917 913335 or Andrew Thomson on 07786 336761 or contact us via email.
We will be holding an Open Day in the classroom on Thursday 2 February between 10am and 4pm – please drop in to see us! Further information about the Open Day will be posted on our Project SEARCH Facebook page.
- How to apply
To apply to join the programme in September 2023 please complete the application form and the equal opportunities monitoring form. The eligibility criteria to join the programme is available here.
If you have any questions so far, don’t hesitate to contact us via email.
We hope to have piqued your interest on Project SEARCH and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!
- Case study
Find out more about a Project SEARCH Intern’s journey from Intern to full-time member of staff in the University of Aberdeen Grounds Team.
Find out more about a Project SEARCH Intern’s journey from Intern to Modern Apprentice with ScotRail.
- Intern quotes
Do It! It’s a brilliant programme and you will learn a lot."
"It’s an “all you can work” buffet!"
"It’s a good environment to help you get a job."
"I’d recommend it as the staff understand my needs."
"I’d thoroughly recommend it for people who like the classroom and also like being in a workplace."
"It’s really good and helpful to get training to get a job."
"I have enjoyed it and learned a lot of new skills."
"It’s a fantastic place where you can come and get qualifications to build your confidence to get a future time job."
"It helps you come and experience new skills and get you into work. It’s a great way for employers to see how you work."
"It can help you get more qualifications and help with your confidence."
"It’s good for providing opportunities. It’s a perfect start for getting prepared for work."
- North East Scotland College academic calendar
The term dates for the programme will follow the North East Scotland College academic calendar. The calendar is available on the North East Scotland College’s website.
Please note that the calendar may be subject to change.
- Information about our Privacy Notice and Data Sharing Agreement for Applicants