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Partnership info

Area Overview

  • Population: (c) 235,200
  • Location: North of Scotland
  • Size: 10,085 square kilometres

Key Contacts

Local Employability Website 

The  hi-hope noticeboard 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 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 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

The noticeboard 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.

Community Planning Partnership Aims and Structures
Details of these can be found within the Highland Single Outcome Agreement.

Key Documents

Employability Strategies / Action Plans / Business Plans
Highland Works Employability Development Plan provides background information to the development of Highland Works, and their vision to ensure the connection of employability services and specialised services in a coherant framework which supports the progression of individuals into sustained employment.

In November 2011 Highland Council agreed a Six Point Commitment to Youth Employment. On 18 Jan 2012 the  Commitment was launched and the Council approved an  Action Plan  setting out how it would deliver on the commitments made.

Highland Youth Employment Activity Plan (November 2018)

Related strategies / frameworks

To be updated…


NOMIS Local Authority Labour Market Profiles
The  Highland Labour Market Profile brings together data from several sources, and includes information on employment/ unemployment,  economic inactivity,  employment by occupation, qualifications, earnings by residence, out-of-work benefits and jobs (total jobs/ employee jobs). 

Skills Development Scotland  
Skills Development Scotland have prepared local labour market information and intelligence for each of the unitary authorities in Scotland that includes:

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics (SNS)
SNS Standard Area Profile covers a range of small area statistics including information on health, education, poverty, unemployment, housing, population, crime and social / community issues at the data zone level and above.

Community Health Partnership Profile

Case Studies

Here you can read case studies giving details of different programmes and success stories in the area:

to be added…

Further Information

Here you can find documents and news stories about initiatives that have taken place in the local area.


For more information about events, jobs, volunteering opportunities, updates and courses for young people, check the hi-hope noticeboard.

Local Services

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If you would like anything added or amended on these pages please contact us.