Project SEARCH

Helping young people with additional needs to gain skills and experience for progressing to employment.


Why take this course?

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 needs to gain skills and experience to go on to employment.  

It is a collaborative project between the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen-based charity Inspire (Partnership Through Life), and North East Scotland College. The three partners were initially selected to carry out the project in Session 2013/14 by the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability (SCLD) which oversees the initiative in Scotland. It is also supported by Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.  

The overall aim of the project is to increase the number of people with learning disabilities who successfully secure employment.

What you will experience

This is a one year programme which sees 12 interns, all registered students at North East Scotland College, spending a month in a classroom environment before embarking on a rotation of three work placements in various roles and departments within the University.

Applications are made through the University of Aberdeen

Find out more and submit your application

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Key facts

Mode of study

Entry requirements

For further information about the programme or to find out about eligibility, please visit the University of Aberdeen website or contact:

Andrew Thomson, Project SEARCH Lecturer
Tel: 01224 612144

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps




Applications are made through the University of Aberdeen. Find out more.

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