An Aberdeen-based recruitment agency has thrown its weight behind an initiative that helps young people with learning disabilities prepare for employment in the north-east.
The Project Search scheme, which started out at a children’s hospital in Cincinnati in 1996 before spreading across 300 sites globally, is in its second year in Aberdeen.
Eleven of the 12 people who graduated from last year’s inaugural programme in the Granite City went on to find paid employment.
Aberdeen recruiter Eden Scott has given Project Search a shot in the arm by agreeing to lend a hand with interns’ job hunting, provide interview tips and introduce them to employers.
It is the first job finder to have linked up with the scheme, which is run by Aberdeen University in partnership with North East Scotland College, Inspire, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.
About 1,700 young people with additional needs are believed to be looking for work in the north-east.
Eden Scott managing consultant Lucy Nicoll, said: “The initiative has done a wonderful job transforming the lives of young people with additional needs and providing them with the skills to embark on their own careers.
“I look forward to working with the University of Aberdeen over the next 12 months on delivering the programme.”
Professor Neva Haites, the university’s vice principal of development, equality and diversity, said: “I am delighted that Eden Scott have embraced the Project Search programme and are so willing to provide our interns with the benefit of their professional expertise.
“The ongoing support and commitment from our local business community is central to the continuing success of our inspirational programme and I welcome the exciting opportunities which I am sure this partnership will bring.”