The Highland Council Employability Service

Highland Council’s Employability Services supports people of working age to progress towards and into employment.

For young people we can engage with students up to 6 months before they reach their statutory school leaving age who have been identified as being at significant risk of leaving school without a positive destination.

Referrals can be made by Schools, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and a wide range of partners. Self referrals can also be made.

Once a referral is made to Highland Council’s Employability Service, an initial employability assessment is undertaken to determine if the Employability Service is the right provision for the young person. Young people supported by our Service are expected to take part in a minimum of three hours employability provision a week with this increasing over time. Each young person will also be assessed as being capable of progression towards and into employment. If it is assessed that our Employability Service is not the best option at this stage for the young person, an onward referral will be made to our partner organisations and services.

To refer young people to the Employability Service, please complete our Referral Form

If you require any further information at this stage please do not hesitate to contact us at employability@highland.gov.uk and a member of our Team will contact you.

The Highland Local Employability Partnership are in the process of developing a partnership delivery plan which will lead to additional employability services in Highland and further information will be provided in due course.

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Highland Council Employability Services – Care Experienced Young People (Family Firm), please complete our CEYP Referral Form

Highland Council’s Employability Services has a specialised team that offers additional support to CEYP’s that are at risk of leaving school into a negative destination. HES CEYP can link in with young people aged 15 plus to offer advice and guidance to the lead professional and make plans for when the young person leaves school. Support can be in and around supporting a part-time timetable, offering bespoke group work towards employability awards, supporting applications for early release to college and more.

Referrals must come from the lead professional with the consent of the Young Person or alternatively if there is no lead professional referrals can come from the school. Self-referrals can also be made.

Once a referral is made to Highland Council’s Employability Service, an initial assessment is undertaken to determine the level of support. If it is assessed that our Employability Service is not the best option, at this stage, for the young person then there will be an onward referral our partner organisations and services.

To refer to the Employability Service, please use the Referral Form attached and return to employ.ability@highland.gov.uk .

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