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…



‘Fixers’ are a youth charity working with young people aged 16-25.  Fixers has been running since 2009 and covers the whole of the UK. We work with young people to find out what issues they are passionate about; bullying in schools, littering, prejudice, discrimination, how… read more…


Deciding to study in Highland

If you decide that you would like to study in Highland here is the list of the Colleges and Universities. You will need to check out the courses and availability directly with each College. Highland Theological College High Street,  Dingwall, IV15 9HA Web: http://www.htc.uhi.ac.uk … read more…


Volunteering Matters

We believe that young people can make all the difference to their communities and their lives through volunteering. Our young volunteers help people with physical or learning disabilities, befriend older and socially isolated people or promote health messages within their community. Young volunteers also have the chance to run… read more…


Macdonald Hotel and Resort Hotelier Programmes

The Macdonald Hotelier Programme is aimed at individuals looking to start a career in hospitality, who have the drive and motivation to secure a Supervisor position upon completion of the programme. Our Hotelier programme lasts for 12 months and provides the following: Rotational on-the-job development across Food & Beverage, Housekeeping and… 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.