Welcome to hi-hope.org

This is an online resource listing what's out there for young people leaving school in the Highlands. It is aimed at the 14+ to 24 age group. It will also be of relevance to anyone who supports young people at this stage in their life. This resource is in four sections:


The directory is sub-divided into six categories containing information about choices, opportunities and services available in Highland and beyond, to support transition for all young people from school into adulthood.

An easy read section is included to enable understanding and to promote discussion of the content of the Directory for young people with additional support needs.

Learning Choices

Learning Choices has five categories to enable research of opportunities whether you are staying on at school post 16 or considering opportunities such as further education, higher education, training, volunteering or employment.

It also contains information about other topics that could help you.

Skills Spotlight

Skills Spotlight has been developed to highlight training opportunities relating to employability skills. It will help you to consider your options at the point of leaving school, and beyond, up to the age of 24. Skills Spotlight will help you to research what is available in your area and to plan for further learning or eventual employment.

All opportunities are categorised by age, Stages 1 to 5 on the skills spotlight, skills on offer and area. You can also:

  • Take the self-assessment quiz to help you decide which level is best for you
  • Read each stage description, then select the best level for you
  • Go directly into the stage and select your area to find out what is available
  • Choose opportunities by the skills on offer


This section is updated on a daily basis and offers information about jobs for young people, volunteering opportunities, events, updates, courses and news items. It also lists wider training opportunities and has a calendar of events.


Searches can be conducted by topic, area or A-Z. A search box for key words appears at the top of each page.

All entries can be saved as a PDF document to a personal folder.

hi-hope.org is compatible with any device with internet access.

Find out about…


Shirlie Project - Stage 3

What do we offer at Stage 3? When you join us on the Employability Fund you will work 1 to 1 with a job coach.  We take time to get to know you, establishing what you like (and what you don’t like).  We will work with you through your… read more…


Eligible School Leaving Age

  In Scotland, you are eligible to leave school in winter or summer depending on when your 16th birthday falls. A statutory summer leaver is a school leaver who chooses to leave school at the earliest opportunity (31st May) when they become eligible to leave school i.e. their 16th… read more…


Green Tree Arts Studio

Green Tree Arts Studio is a creative hub providing an ideal space whether you are starting out on a therapeutic journey, wishing to reignite your creativity or continue to develop your artistic interests. Green Tree Arts Studio aims to promote well-being and enable recovery through the Art Therapy Service offered.… read more…


Young Enterprise Scotland - now recruiting for 2018/19

Aged 15-19? Interested in enterprise? Want to run a business with your friends? ...Then the Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Student Company Programme could be for you. The Student Company Programme is the ultimate enterprise experience wherein young people, aged 15-19, set up and run their own real company… read more…
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Please Note: There will be some instances where funding will be required to access a service listed in this directory. Application for this requires to be made following appropriate Highland Council and/or NHS assessment for Adult Services and consequent resource allocation procedures. Further information on accessing services can be obtained from your local Adult Services Team.