West Thames College London

Project SEARCH with Glaxo Smith Kline

Project Search is a work-based programme for young people with learning disabilities, which supports their move from education to employment. Twelve students have an extended work experience placement at Glaxo Smith Kline, taught by a West Thames College teacher and supported by a full-time job coach employed by Action on Disability.

Key course features


Entry Level 3 City & Guilds qualification in Employability Skills (Planning for Progression, Effective Communication, Searching for a Job).

Level: Entry Level

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

The course is open to anyone between the ages of 17-24 who has learning disabilities / difficulties and who wants to gain the skills and experience needed to secure and keep a paid permanent job and achieve their dream of independent living.

About the course

This is a one year course during which you will achieve an Entry Level City & Guilds qualification in Employability Skills.

You will study:

  • Unit 1: Getting to know the place of work and study and recognising and building on own personal strengths
  • Unit 2: Demonstrating positive attitudes and behaviours for learning and work
  • Unit 3: Looking for suitable jobs and making applications.

You will be based at Glaxo Smith Kline for 5 days a week where you will study your qualification. You will take part in 3 job rotations for the year for example in Security, The Post Room, Meeting Rooms, Restaurant, Reception, Office Admin and IT.

Once you’ve completed your academic year you will be supported to find paid work.

Where next?

Once you’ve completed your academic year you will be supported to find paid work.

Entry requirements
To be eligible for this project, you must:
  • Have a learning disability
  • Be aged 17-24
  • Have the desire to work
  • Have the potential to develop the skills and work required to meet the business needs within Glaxo Smith Kline
  • Be committed to a 5 day week programme
  • Be an independent traveller or be undertaking travel training.

Please contact Bev McGuire for further details or an application pack.


All students with an Education and Health Plans receive free education up to the age of 25.

How to apply?
Complete the application form and return to RYJX-LSAT-GYJR, Admissions, West Thames College, Isleworth, TW7 4HS.


  1. Yusra Ahmed

    Supported Learning – Skills for Working Life

    Yusra Ahmed

    “I really enjoy the course, especially ICT, games and cooking. The teachers are really nice too. We get to go on lots of trips – we’ve been to Thorpe Park and to the Sky Skills Studio where we learned all about reporting. It was incredible!”


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