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…


ESOL Classes, Inverness

Highlife Highland run a variety of ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) classes for all ages and abilities. Classes will suit: Pre-Beginner – No English Beginner – Some basic English communication skills Access 2 – Basic English – able to read and write basic sentences Access 3 – Good English… read more…



Newspapers advertise job vacancies on various days. Here is a list of the most popular:     Tuesday Inverness Courier Wednesday Strathspey and Badenoch Herald Caithness Courier Thursday Highland News Lochaber News North Star Friday Inverness Courier Press and Journal Ross-shire Journal The Northern Times John O’Groats Journal … read more…


Family Firm

The Family Firm – support for Looked After Children.  If you are Looked After at home or away from home, and over 14 years of age, you are entitled to a supported work placement with Highland Council. Highland Council employs thousands of people in a very wide range of jobs… read more…


Networking Lunch - Intellectual Property Rights, Lochinver

Join Karen Maclean-Yuille and Kate Mckinley from HISEZ for this informal networking lunch that will consider the topic of Intellectual Property Rights and opportunities for your social enterprise. Karen and Kate will be joined by Ewan MacAulay from Highlands and Islands Enterprise who will give a brief talk on IPR. … 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.