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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 4


Please be aware this course is now full. You may still apply and if a space becomes available we will contact you. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

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This course is for young people in West Lothian aged 16 to 29 who have a learning disability and/or autism, and who are leaving school or are looking for work. We run the course jointly with West Lothian Council supported employment team and NHS Lothian.

Read about Joe Vaslot's West Lothian College experience here

Read about Ryan Timmin's Project SEARCH experience here

  • First Aid

    What the course includes

    • Project SEARCH is for people with learning disabilities or autism who are completing their school education, leaving college or job seeking.
    • Project SEARCH is a one year academic programme that runs from August to June, five days a week, Monday to Friday 9-4pm.
    • Project SEARCH is for students who want to get full time jobs.
    • Young people who take part will spend their whole working day on site at St John’s Hospital.
    • They will complete three work placements called rotations. Each rotation lasts for approximately 10–12 weeks.

Why choose this course

• The chance to take part in a variety of work placements for NHS Lothian.
• More independence, confidence and self-esteem.
• Work–based individual instruction and feedback.
• Coaching and support from the college lecturer, job coach and department managers.
• The skills and experience needed to get a job and keep it

Entry requirements

  • Must want to gain work.
  • Where it leads

    The course helps students into 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

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, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.