It is increasingly recognised that for many young people, continuing in a formal educational environment is not the best route for their development. Those living in the North Highlands can have access to a range of apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities that can offer them the opportunity to earn while they learn.

Dounreay Modern Apprentices attend local jobs fair

Major employers in the region such as Dounreay and Rolls-Royce have longstanding, well-recognised apprenticeship programmes, and more than one senior manager or director has started their career on the ground floor through just these programmes. For those looking to undertake a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship, the North Highland College UHI and Pulteneytown People’s Project both offer a range of options.