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…


Communication Support

Communication support for people who are Deaf, deafened, deafblind or hard of hearing is available to make Highland Council and NHSH services more accessible. Colleagues at the Service Centre will provide a booking service during opening hours (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-12pm). Telephone: 01349 886650 (Voice) Textphone: 01349 886665 (Type Phone Service) … read more…


Work Experience for School Pupils

All work-related learning can provide you with skills and knowledge to help you consider your future career choices.  Activities such as work placements, sector talks, mentoring, mock interviews, workplace visits, and enterprise activities at school, to name a few, will develop your transferable and employability skills and will allow… read more…


Calman - Stage 5 Modern Apprenticeship

What do we offer at Stage 5? We currently offer Modern Apprenticeships in Retail Skills at SCQF Level 5 - which is the equivalent level to National 5, Intermediate 2 or Credit standard grade. Who can apply? You can apply if you are age 16 – 19 and looking for employment within one of… read more…


IT Support Apprentice - Highland Hospice

IT Support Apprentice Full-time, 37.5 hours/week Band 2 £16,532 On achievement of qualification rising to Band 3 £17,760 - £20,727 We are looking for a talented individual to join our IT team in this new apprenticeship role. This is an exciting opportunity offering a great combination of technical challenge, responsibility and the… read more…
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Work Experience
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.