Borders College

The 'SEARCH' is over as students celebrate

Project SEARCH interns celebrate end of one year program

NHS Borders, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and Borders College worked together in 2016 to introduce Project SEARCH in the Borders. Twelve months later, the first intake of interns have successfully completed the program. To mark the occasion a graduation ceremony was held on Tuesday 13th June at the Borders College Campus.

Project SEARCH interns

During the course of the one year program, eight interns completed work experience rotations in various settings within the Borders General Hospital including Catering, General Services and Radiology. Through this internship individuals have acquired competitive, transferable and marketable job skills as well as gained independence, confidence, and self-esteem.

Elaine Torrance, Chief Officer Health and Social Care Integration, said: “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.”

Project SEARCH is a one year transition program that provides training and education leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. The program is a workforce alternative for students in their last year of high school or at college. Young people with learning disabilities and autism, aged between 17-24 can apply and will be accepted through a selection process.

Published: Thu 22nd Jun, 2017