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Edinburgh Project SEARCH Graduation

25 August 2016

On 16 June 2016 Edinburgh Project SEARCH interns celebrated successfully graduating from the programme.  The event was held at Surgeons' Hall King Khalid Building and was attended by 150 people who had been involved in the programme over the course of the year.  The interns were presented with certificates of achievement from Annette Bruton, Edinburgh College Principal, Alan Boyter, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, NHS Lothian, and Andrew Kerr, Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council.

Edinburgh Project SEARCH is an employability programme for young people with a recognised disability and has sites within the City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian.  It is run in partnership with the Council, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh College and Intowork.  The programme runs for an academic year during which time the young people complete 3 work experience placements developing the skills and experience to secure meaningful employment.

To date, 19 of the 21 young people who successfully completed the programme have secured employment (90.5%) which is a fantastic achievement.  11 young people have secured employment within NHS Lothian, 4 young people within the City of Edinburgh Council and one within Edinburgh College.  The other young people are working in a variety of places such as the Royal Blind Press, Intelligent Cleaning FM and McDonalds.

Councillor Gavin Barrie opened the evening speaking of "the success of the programme and how it has shown the untapped talent among young people with a disability, which is often overlooked.  As the Council changes and transforms, we need more young people with new skills coming through and Edinburgh Project SEARCH is part of this."  The graduation event was a fantastic opportunity to highlight the hard work and achievements of all of the young people to friends, family, colleagues and partners.  

Graduation 2016