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Project SEARCH - employment and learning opportunities for young people with a disability



Edinburgh Project SEARCH supports young people with a disability, living in Edinburgh, to gain the skills needed for employment.

Developed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Project SEARCH has nearly 400 sites across the world, with the Edinburgh headquarters at the City of Edinburgh Council.

Edinburgh Project SEARCH is for young people aged 16-24 with a recognised disability, living in Edinburgh, who want to move into employment but may lack the skills or experience or be facing other barriers stopping them from getting a job. The young people take part in three full-time work placements within the Council or hospital, each placement lasting around 10 weeks, resulting in improved skills and confidence and 800 hours of work practice.

Here at Assembly Rooms Edinburgh as part of the Project SEARCH programme we had David on placement with us from September to December. We found it a highly rewarding experience, and hope that he gained a lot from it too! During his time here, David shadowed and worked in a variety of roles, predominately based front of house in the venue, our aim being to ensure he experienced a full range of the skills and responsibilities one would require and face within role.

He contributed towards the setup, breakdown and running of many events, from conferences to dinners and fairs. David also completed a number of shifts on reception as well as contributing towards some venue maintenance (which comes with running a 230-year-old building!)

As part of the process David had to undergo a mock interview, which hopefully wasn't too scary! Again, this was part of the learning process in preparing and experiencing what one may face in their journey towards employment.

David left with an understanding of how a dynamic heritage events venue operates, all while improving his skillset, confidence and team working skills, which we hope he can take into his future endeavours and career ambitions!

The Edinburgh Project SEARCH programme is funded by the European Social Fund Enhanced Pipeline Social Inclusion Programme and The Big Lottery.