DFN Project SEARCH Graduates are Frontline Heroes

Aiden Hutchison and Emma DuguidTwo former DFN Project Search interns have been working as frontline heroes since graduating from the programme.

Aiden Hutchison has been working as a Kitchen Assistant through ASA Recruitment and is pictured at Kingswood Care Home where he has been helping to prepare meals for residents, which he then delivers to their rooms, complying with current regulatory guidelines for Covid -19.

Emma Duguid is a Domestic Assistant for Aberdeenshire Council at Bennachie View Care Home. Emma has been performing a crucial role – cleaning and deep cleaning residents’ rooms, corridors, windows and all the touch surfaces in the home.

Aiden and Emma have both had to adapt to the new ways of working including wearing PPE – they really are our very own frontline heroes.

DFN Project SEARCH University of Aberdeen is a one-year internship programme, supporting young people with additional needs to gain skills and experience to go on to employment. It is a collaborative project between the University of Aberdeen, North East Scotland College, and Values Into Action Scotland (VIAS). It is also supported by Skills Development Scotland.

Recruitment for the 2020/21 programme is underway- the closing date has been extended to Friday 18 September 2020.

Recruitment for Session 2020/21 is now open!

We are accepting applications for Session 2020/21 - please come along to one of our drop-in sessions during our Open Day on Friday 7 February to find out more about Project SEARCH University of Aberdeen or if you need help in completing an application form.

The following information is available to help you:

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Gold Accreditation for Project SEARCH

The Project SEARCH University of Aberdeen team is the first organisation in the North East of Scotland to be awarded Developing Young Workforce Quality Assurance accreditation at gold level.



Project SEARCH International Conference, Arizona, USA

The project was named as achieving the highest employment rate of all Project SEARCH sites in Europe for session 2013/14.



Green Gown Awards 2014

The project was shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious national Green Gown Awards 2014, which recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK.


Project SEARCH European Conference

Project SEARCH Aberdeen was named as the foremost ‘up and coming’ new Project SEARCH site in Europe at the European Conference which took place in Glasgow in June 2014.

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Aberdeen City Council Children's and Young People's Services Awards

The project received the 'Raising Achievement' Award at the Aberdeen Children's and Young People's Services Awards in June 2014 in recognition of work to raise achievement and support integrated working within the city.

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North East Scotland College Student Achievement Awards

Five Interns were nominated to receive a Student Achievement Award through the North East Scotland College, of which two were successful. These Awards are intended to recognise students who have overcome adversity and/or who have shown outstanding innovation in their approach to their studies and work.

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December 2013

SURF Award

In December 2013, the Project SEARCH programme within Scotland (including the Aberdeen programme) won a SURF Award. SURF is Scotland’s independent regeneration network, with an overall objective to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Scotland’s disadvantaged communities. Each year, a competition is run to highlight, celebrate and share some of the best examples of regeneration initiatives across Scotland. Project SEARCH was recognised in the Support to Work category.

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