Training & Skills

The Training & Skills section has been developed to highlight training opportunities for young people in Highland.  It will help you to consider your options at the point of leaving school, and beyond, up to the age of 24.  Training & Skills 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 employability pipeline, skills on offer and area. A full summary of training provision is available HERE.

If you are unsure of the stage you should be considering, we suggest you work through the self-assessment questions - click on the yellow box to the right.  This assessment will provide you with an idea of a suitable stage.  If you prefer you can read the stage descriptions below as a guide.

Once you know your stage you can then decide the best opportunity for you by:

  • Selecting Highland for opportunities available throughout Highland
  • By selecting your local area
  • By selecting the skills that you would like to develop

Once you have found something that interests you, speak to your Skills Development Scotland Advisor or Guidance Teacher if you are still in school.  If you have left school and are registered with the Job Centre, speak to your Job Centre Advisor, or alternatively you can contact the training provider for further information.  They will be able to advise you about availability and funding.  There is no guarantee of a place until an official referral has been made.  You will then have an informal interview to discuss if this is the best option for you.

Stage 1 - Initial engagement with those furthest from the labour market

Stage 1 is for you if you need tailored support to think about your future and to develop skills for life, work, and learning.

Stage 2 - Structured Education and Training

Stage 2 is for people who are quite not ready to start work and could require structured support to access learning.

Stage 3 - Mainstream Post-16 Education and Training

Stage 3 is a programme to develop the skills and knowledge you will need to compete in the labour market.

Stage 4 - Workplace Based Pre-Employment Training

Stage 4 is for people who have some qualifications, are work ready, but need to gain on-the-job knowledge and vocational qualifications to increase their chances of employment.

Stage 5 - In Work Support

Stage 5 is for people who are already working or who have just started a job and would like some help with keeping or getting on in their job.


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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.