DFN Project SEARCH - Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 4

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


North East Scotland College, Scotland
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This course is available on the North East Scotland College website.


Why take this course?

DFN 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, North East Scotland College, and Values Into Action Scotland (VIAS). It is also supported by Skills Development Scotland.

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 participants, known as interns, who are registered students at North East Scotland College, spend time completing a City and Guilds qualification as well as embarking on a rotation of three work placements in various roles and departments within the University.

Interns will also complete a period of orientation prior to the start of the course to familiarise them with the programme and the University.

Find out more about the programme

For further information contact dfnprojectsearch@nescol.ac.uk.


About North East Scotland College

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North East Scotland College is the single largest provider of vocational education and training in the North East of Scotland.

We have a course to suit everyone; whether you’re fresh out of school, currently working, returning to education or simply want to try something new – whatever your educational or occupational background, an opportunity awaits at NESCol.

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