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PROJECT SEARCH

  • Start date:   August 2022
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 4
  • Course Type:   Full-time

PROJECT SEARCH

This course is for young people in West Lothian aged 16 to 29, who have a learning disability and/or autism and are looking to gain experience in the workplace and secure employment. The course is a partnership between West Lothian College, West Lothian Council Supported Employment Team and a host employer.

Project SEARCH is for people with a learning disability and/or autism who are completing their school education, leaving college or currently job seeking. It is a one-year employability programme that runs from August to June, five days a week, 9 am – 4 pm.

Project SEARCH is for students who want to secure full time employment and those who are successful will spend the full course on site with the host employer. During this period they will complete three work placements, called rotations and will gain SQA qualifications as they have time in class during the working week.

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    What the course includes

    Project SEARCH is for people with a learning disability and/or autism who are completing their school education, leaving college or currently job seeking. It is a one-year employability programme that runs from August to June, five days a week, 9 am – 4 pm.

    Project SEARCH is for students who want to secure full time employment and those who are successful will spend the full course on site with the host employer. During this period they will complete three work placements, called rotations and will gain SQA qualifications as they have time in class during the working week.

Why choose this course

Project Search will give you the opportunity to take part in a variety of work placements and will help you to work out what your next step will be and what areas of work you are interested in. It will build on your independence, confidence and self-esteem and gather skills and experience needed to get a job and keep it.

A lecturer from college, a job coach and host employees will support your learning and give you work–based individual instruction and feedback.

Entry requirements

  • You must want to gain employment
  • Where it leads

    • The course helps students into full time work.

Interview arrangements

We will invite you for interview, and you should plan to be in college for around three hours. The interview includes:

  • Practical team task
  • Aptitude test
  • Individual interview

 

Our lecturers work closely with each student to identify their strengths and consider any barriers to securing employment. For some, confidence building and managing a new situation is the initial goal and for others who are clear on what they want to do, the goal is to gain experience in the workplace.    

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.