Project SEARCH interns graduate

A group of eight young people standing holding certificates

Published: Wednesday, 21st June 2017

The first intake of Project SEARCH interns graduated at an award ceremony on 13 June at Borders College Campus.

Employment training for young people

Project SEARCH is a one year transition program that provides training and education leading to employment for individuals with disabilities.

It provides a workforce alternative for students in their last year of high school or at college and is open to young people with learning disabilities and autism aged 17-24.

In the Borders, Project SEARCH was delivered in partnership between ourselves, NHS Borders and Borders College with this being the first intake of interns to graduate.

Work experience with NHS Borders

The graduates successfully completed work experience rotations in various settings at Borders General Hospital including Catering, General Services and Radiology. The year long programme enabled them to gain competitive, transferable and marketable job skills as well as increased independence, confidence, and self-esteem.

Elaine Torrance, Chief Officer Health and Social Care Integration

“A big congratulations must go to our interns who have successfully completed their internships. We have thoroughly enjoyed having them work with us throughout the Borders General Hospital.

“Young people with a learning disability face many barriers to employment and Project SEARCH has been highly successful in being able to deliver opportunities throughout Scotland. It is fantastic that we are now able to offer a series of good quality internships to young Borderers.”

More information

  • Image available on our Flickr page.
  • For more information about the project, contact Borders College on 01896 662519.