Project Search (NQ) @ SCQF Level 3


This course is perfect if you want to work, are unsure what work would be suitable for you and would like some support to help you to get that job.  
We aim to provide you with a programme of study which develops not only your confidence, practical and physical skills for life, but has a strong focus on enabling you to develop skills for employability, independent/supported living, self-advocacy, working with others and citizenship.  
During the programme you will develop competitive, transferable, and marketable job skills. The programme will offer you the opportunity to develop increased independence and self-esteem. On the programme you will receive the following: 
  • work-based individual instruction, 
  • coaching, support, and feedback from your instructor, 
  • support from your job coach  
  • Internship/s within a business setting 
  • Help and guidance from managers and mentors during your internships

Course code





Full Time 5 days per week.  You will have one full day class based lesson, some online learning, and full work experience during your internship on the remaining days.

Entry Requirements

No formal academic qualifications are required. You may progress directly from school or the community or from college LifeSkills programmes but must be able to work at Access 3/ Level 3. 
You must be 16 years old at the start of the course.


All applicants must attend an interview session prior to being offered a place on the appropriate course and demonstrate capacity to be considered for potential employment opportunities.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an information and interview session. 
During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this. 
Your interview and information session may be face to face, or online through TEAMS or by phone.

Course Content

This programme aims to provide you with opportunities to obtain internships working with a host employer to develop work ready skills with the opportunity to apply for employment at the end of the programme. You will also have the opportunity to achieve employability awards and essential skills certification. 

The emphasis of this programme is on developing your skills which enable you to work towards employment independence and self-development. 

The programme creates strong networks to support adults with additional needs to flourish in a real workplace environment. While the main aim of the programme is to support participants to gain employment there are also opportunities to gain qualifications related to employability, numeracy and literacy and promoting independence including the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Employability Award.


Continuous and ongoing throughout the programme.  Assessment is based on practical skills gained during internship, employability skills, and building portfolios of evidence.


The aim is to secure employment at the end of this programme.

Career Prospects

This programme creates real options for future employment.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

  • Transition-to-Work Programme that is a unique, business-led, one-year employment preparation programme that takes place in the workplace. 
  • The intensive programme helps young people aged 16+, with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions, become extremely focused on their career with a desire to get paid employment. The programme has an average UK success rate of 66% of young people into jobs.
  • Individuals achieve specific transferable work skills necessary for progression into paid employment