ABERDEEN-based recruitment business, Eden Scott, has been announced as the latest partner of the Project SEARCH initiative, which is hosted by the University of Aberdeen.
Says a spokesperson: “There are currently 1,700 young people with additional needs currently seeking employment in the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire area.
“Project SEARCH is an-one year programme for young people aged between 16 and 25, who have a learning disability and/or an autistic spectrum condition, to help prepare them for employment.
“Now in its second year, the project is delivered in partnership with North East Scotland College, Inspire, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council; supporting young people gain the skills and career experience they need to go on to have self-sustaining futures.”
Eden Scott is the latest partner.
Teams from the recruitment business will utilise their recruitment experience to coach interns during their initial job search, host interview training sessions and introduce them to their clients throughout the North-East.
Over the past six years, Eden Scott has forged successful partnerships with many of Aberdeen’s leading employers across the oil and gas and professional services sectors.
Eden Scott’s ultimate aim is to support the University of Aberdeen and Project SEARCH programme to prepare the interns for the world of work.
Lucy Nicoll, managing consultant at Eden Scott, commented: “It is a privilege to be elected as a partner to the Project SEARCH programme.
“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, vice-principal of Development, Equality and Diversity at the University of Aberdeen, 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.”
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About Eden Scott
Eden Scott Aberdeen was launched in 2009 as an oil and gas and professional services recruitment firm. The business has grown exponentially since launch and its team now work across a variety of verticals, including engineering, procurement, accountancy, HR, business support and legal markets.
The team delivers a range of often complex recruitment solutions in both commercial and technical staffing markets across permanent, temporary and contract positions.
About Project SEARCH
Project SEARCH Aberdeen, a one year Internship programme which supports young people with additional needs to gain skills and experience to go on to employment. This ground-breaking project is hosted by the University of Aberdeen and is delivered in partnership with North East Scotland College, Inspire, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.
Project SEARCH is an one-year programme, which is delivered by the University of Aberdeen. Twelve Interns per year receive support to undertake three work placements within the university during this period, whilst studying to attain a vocational qualification.
Upon the conclusion of the project, the Interns receive support to source and sustain paid employment. Last year, 11 out of 12 students had gained work in a variety of organisations across the Grampian area by the time of their graduation.
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