Students from Project SEARCH, an employability programme for students with learning disabilities and autism, run by the College in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, were recently visited by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she launched an initiative to tackle inequalities.
Delivered in partnership between Glasgow Clyde College and Renfrewshire Council the course allows students to develop skills that will help them gain employment such as CV writing, interview techniques and working with others. The course also offers hands-on experience by offering several work placements within a variety of areas, including catering, domestic, administration, environmental and care.
The project will now benefit from match funding from local authorities and funds from the European Social Funds (ESF) which aims to support projects that combat poverty and promote equal opportunity.
Course lecturer, Sandra Wright, Glasgow Clyde College, said: “Project SEARCH is an additional support for learning programme where people with autism and learning disabilities can gain access to the support and skills needed to get them into the workplace. All students are provided with a personal learning and support plan so their learning is tailored to suit their own specific goals and needs.
“This additional funding will help develop the project and help support even more of our students who are looking for employment.”
The course is aimed at students between 17 and 26 years old, living in Renfrewshire who want to get a full-time job. Students spend their full working days on site at Renfrewshire Council and are given continuous coaching and feedback to develop their skills.
Further details can be found in this article.
Glasgow Clyde College is renowned for its partnership work with businesses and organisations across the industries it teaches in, providing students with the essential skills and experience for future careers or continued education.