Project SEARCH - Forth Valley Royal Hospital

Please note that due to COVID-19, this course will initially be delivered via a blended learning approach, which may include face-to-face learning in the classroom, remote learning off-campus and digital learning. When delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place.

Project SEARCH is a one year internship programme, supporting young people with additional needs in gaining the skills and experience to help them move into sustainable employment. It is delivered in partnership with Falkirk Council, NHS Forth Valley, Forth Valley College, Serco, Skills Development Scotland and Department of Work and Pensions.

The programme enables young people to receive support to undertake work placements across a range of job areas, all based within Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert.
On-site, interns will be assisted throughout by a College lecturer and a job coach, as well as hospital staff and supervisors.

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


The programme helps interns 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, as well as regular discussion and feedback from supervisors throughout the programme.

  • All learners will receive individual guidance and support to help them make decisions about their future.

Progression routes may include:

  • Supported employment opportunities
  • Employment

  • Aged between 18 and 24 years old
  • Have a learning disability
  • Resident in the Falkirk Council area
  • Not currently participating in other publicly funded provision
  • Able to participate in work-based learning at SCQF Level 3
  • Be able to travel independently
  • Have good timekeeping and attendance
  • Be able to work well with others
  • Ability to progress to work within 12 months
  • Be available to attend Project SEARCH Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
  • Offer subject to Occupational Health approval
  • Offer subject to clear PVG

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email

  • Location

  • Attendance


  • Start date

    23 August 2021

  • End date

    10 June 2022

  • SCQF Level

    Level 4