Former Edinburgh College student and Project SEARCH graduate Rory Landale met Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn to share his journey into employment.
Mr Hepburn visited Rory at Creative Exchange, where he secured a receptionist role after completing the Project SEARCH programme. Rory is on a part-time temporary contract until March 2018.
The programme, for young people aged 16-24 who have additional support needs and are seeking employment, provides interns with an opportunity to complete three full-time work placements over a nine-month period whilst receiving day to day training and job coaching.
It is a unique partnership between the college, the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian and supported employment specialists Intowork.
During his visit Mr Hepburn heard how Rory had struggled to find employment and how the programme supported him in finding a job and adjusting to life in the workplace. Watch a video of their meeting.
Mr Hepburn said: “It was fantastic to meet Rory and hear how support from Project SEARCH has helped him secure a role at Creative Exchange.
“Rory’s attitude and enthusiasm are clearly recognised by his colleagues. This is exactly why we are running a month-long campaign to tackle the barriers to work and highlight the importance of giving disabled people equal access to employment opportunities.”
More information on the Scottish Government’s campaign to encourage businesses throughout the country to recognise the many benefits of employing people with disabilities can be viewed here.