Project SEARCH Session 2022/23

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.

*Closing date for applications is Friday 27 May at 5pm*

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:

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 2022-2023, 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 2022/23, please complete the application form and equal opportunities monitoring 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 27 May at 5pm*

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.  Please note the calendar is currently in draft form and may be subject to change.

Further information