Project Search SCQF Level 3

What is special about this course?

Project SEARCH is a one-year programme, supporting young people with additional needs to gain skills and experience aimed at helping them move into sustainable employment. Locally, it is delivered, in partnership with Shetland College and Shetland Islands Council.

The programme enables 6-8 young people per year to receive support to undertake work placements across a range of job areas, all based within Shetland Islands Council. On site students will be assisted each day of the programme by a college lecturer and a job coach, as well as council staff and supervisors.

Project Search is for you if:

  • you are generally aged between 18 and 24 years (although others may be considered)
  • you have a learning disability or autism
  • you are not currently participating in other publicly funded provision
  • you are able to participate in full-time work-based learning at SCQF level 3
  • you are able to travel independently, within 3 months of starting
  • you have good timekeeping and attendance
  • you are able to work well with others
  • you are able to progress to work within 9 months
  • you are able to attend Project SEARCH, Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm

Entry requirements

Able to achieve SQA units at SCQF level 3

Project SEARCH is a transition to work programme for people generally aged 18 to 24, with learning disabilities or autism. It effectively takes the classroom into the council and teaches students employability skills on-site, in a real workplace environment.

The programme helps students to learn real job skills that will prepare them for work by rotating them through a variety of different work placement experiences. This work-based learning is then supported by classroom activities each day where students have the opportunity to gain SQA units, as well as regular discussion and feedback from supervisors throughout the programme.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You will attend college before your work placement and again at the end of the day. You will learn through a mixture of lecturer input, group discussions and individual work. Extra help is available for anyone who needs additional support with any part of the course.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

1 Year (October-June)

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus
    • Work Based

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Completing the Project SEARCH programme opens up a range of opportunities and gives you the confidence, skills and experience to move forward into sustainable employment.

Is there more information available online?

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If you would like to apply for the Project Search course please, in the first instance, contact Kari Hamilton on 01595 771229. You can also email them on If you decide to apply for the course then Kari will support you with the online application.

I want to start in 2022/23

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Shetland. UHI Shetland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.