12 young Renfrewshire residents took a great step forward into the world of work on the first day of their Project SEARCH experience.
This programme is for young people with learning disabilities and or autism who are getting ready to move from education into jobs.
It lasts for an academic year during which participants will work with a mentor and a job coach and receive employability support from the council’s Invest in Renfrewshire team.
They will combine classroom learning at Glasgow Clyde College, with training during three 10 week work placements.
This first group of trainees will work towards an SQA qualification and join teams from Renfrewshire Council in catering, recycling, administration and environmental roles.
One participant said: “I’m really looking forward to Project SEARCH starting. I’m excited to gain experience to get a job and try out all different jobs in the council. I really want to get a job and I’m just excited to start”
Project SEARCH originated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Ohio, and is now being used in more than 250 sites in the US and Europe. It is part of Invest in Renfrewshire’s new programmes being developed with the support of the European Social Fund in Scotland.
Councillor Derek Bibby, Depute Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health & Well-being Policy Board, said: “Project SEARCH offers a good future for these young people.
They will learn about work and contribute to council services that matter to the people of Renfrewshire. This is about recognising and valuing people for what they can do.
The council is pleased to welcome these trainees to the organisation and proud to be part of Project SEARCH. We wish all this year’s participants every success as they start this next phase of learning and working.”