NHS Borders, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and Borders College worked together to introduce Project SEARCH in the Borders back in 2016. Since then the program has gone from strength to strength. Last week marked the start of the programme for our third intake of interns.
During the course of the one year program, eight interns will undertake work experience rotations in various settings within the Borders General Hospital and Community Hospitals. Through this internship our interns will acquire competitive, transferable and marketable job skills as well as gain independence, confidence, and self-esteem.
Rob McCulloch - Graham, Chief Officer Health and Social Care, said:
“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 able to offer a series of good quality internships to young Borderers.
He added: “We are delighted to welcome our third intake of interns and wish them all the best of luck in their placements.”