Highlands Foundation

Welcome to the Highlands Foundation

The Highlands Foundation was established in 2019 and was created to support students on our full range of vocational, commercial and higher education courses.

The Foundation plays a vital role in supporting all our college events and provides opportunities for our students to enhance their experience here at Highlands College.



To be the principle philanthropic body in support of Highlands College current, prospective or past Students to enable and/or facilitate them to achieve their potential or supported objectives through donations, fundraising, events, sponsorships and partnerships.



With the support of the Foundation, the college aims to meet the lifelong learning needs of the Island’s community.The funds we raise go towards:

• Bursaries for students across our whole provision

• Funding extra-curricular opportunities to enhance learning
• Purchasing additional equipment to enhance student learning
• Improving student facilities.



The Foundation plays a vital role in supporting all our college events and provides equitable opportunities for our students to enhance their experience here at Highlands College.


In 1894, on the site known as Highlands, the French Jesuit training school, ‘NotreDame de Bon Secours’, was established. The site in St Saviour was originally used to train sailors for the French navy but following World War I the site was purchased from the Jesuits by another French group, ‘The Brothers of Christian’, who set up a missionary school.


During the Second World War, Jersey was occupied by the Germans and the site was used to house occupying forces from 1941 until 1945 after which it returned to its previous use. Meanwhile, throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s the States of Jersey established a College of Further Education in several different buildings across St Helier.


By 1970 the demand for missionaries had fallen away and so the Brother of Christian Instruction sold the Highlands site to the States of Jersey and the Highlands College of Further Education was born. Highlands College of Further and Higher Education is at the very centre of the Island’s community.


Each year we provide education for over 700 school leavers, 900 adults on part-time work-based learning including apprenticeships, 200 higher education students, 2000 adults on leisure courses and 600 students on professional development programmes.

Soroptimist International Jersey STEM Bursaries for Girls

Soroptimist International Jersey is delighted to be the first organisation to offer bursaries through the new Highlands Foundation.

SI Jersey has been committed to making the Island a more equal place by educating and empowering women, and supplies a global voice for women with special consultative status at the UN.

Although the importance for businesses to diversify their workforce is gradually being accepted, the reality is that girls are still not believing a career in
a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subject is for them. This fact has prompted many discussions in the Soroptimist world and our Club believed it is of such importance that we decided to do something about it.

Three bursaries of £1,500 are now on offer to girls who enter into one of six technical areas of study
in Highlands College Sixth Form: Automotive Studies; Building Services; Building Trades; Digital Games Development; Information Technology; and Mechanical Engineering and Welding. It is hoped that the bursaries will encourage more female students
to enter into fields that have historically been male dominated.

We very much look forward to continuing this partnership with Highlands College over the years to come.

~ Catherine Kirby,
President, Soroptimist International Jersey


MasonBreese has proudly sponsored University College Jersey (UCJ) since 2018 and through our active collaboration we are able to support students in a variety of different ways.

As well as offering employability support through a number of interventions, from CV writing skills to interview technique guidance, we are also pleased to offer all final year UCJ students a guaranteed job interview for a role in our Change Academy programme. We support the UCJ graduation and attend this event annually.

Additionally, we provide meaningful recognition for outstanding learners in Highlands Sixth Form College by sponsoring an award each year. MasonBreese is proud to sponsor the island’s leading provider of higher education and we look forward to working in collaboration to support University College Jersey students over the next academic year and beyond.

~Ross Hunter
Head of Client Services MasonBreese

GR8: Developing Home Talent and Meeting the Skill demands of the Future

GR8 Employment has been working with Highlands College since the incorporation of their business and is immensely proud of the association.

We are committed to training and supporting local talent, to be “job” ready and we believe that by working with Highlands College we can develop home talent to support our community.

The Highlands Foundation Program will provide an additional level of support to students to enhance their learning opportunities and to help them achieve their goals,

In addition to sponsoring events such as HEAT (a National cooking competition hosted by Highlands College) and having a supportive presence at career fairs and other Highlands events, GR8 is delighted to have made the first charitable donation to the Highlands Foundation.

We are delighted to be a Foundation Partner and we look forward to the Foundation’s GR8 success.

~ Lee Madden Managing Director, GR8

Become a Highlands College Partner:

Is your business or organisation interested in supporting the next generation of Highlands College students?

  • With 300 newly qualified islanders leaving us and entering the workforce each year, Highlands College is the most important talent pipeline in Jersey.
  • 4,500 students enrol each year, this is the equivalent of every secondary school in Jersey.
  • University College Jersey delivers 8-degree routes directly linked to the economy.
  • Highlands College outperforms the English education average in every metric.


There are plenty of ways in which businesses can develop mutually beneficial partnerships with Highlands College. Together we can ensure that our students continue to graduate with the skills and aptitudes required to make them valuable additions to your workforce.Opportunities afforded to our Partners include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending employment events run by Highlands College
  • Sponsoring departments (sponsoring individual courses, equipment etc)
  • Delivering masterclasses or workshops to students
  • Award sponsorships
  • Providing work-based learning to University College Jersey students
  • Providing work experience opportunities to 6th form students
  • Recruitment opportunities and access to the student job board


Sign up to become a partner by clicking HERE or email alexander.salmon@highlands.ac.uk to find out how we can work together!

To celebrate the launch of Highlands Connected, we are hosting a reunion event on Thursday 22 June, 6-9pm. To find out more, and to sign up, please follow this link:


Highlands Connected:

Are you a Graduate of Highlands College or University College Jersey? If so, you belong to a large and prestigious network of individuals who have gone on to achieve great things.

We are excited to announce the launch of our new and improved ‘Highlands Connected’ network! We’re committed to helping you stay connected with your fellow graduates, advance your career, and continue to learn and grow.


By joining Highlands Connected, you’ll get access to a range of benefits, including:


  • Access to a programme of events

  • Networking events

  • Continuing education opportunities

  • Newsletter allowing you to keep up to date with opportunities and recent news and events.

  • Opportunities to support current students through work experience or Mentorship.


Plus, you’ll be able to stay connected with your fellow graduates and tap into the power of our large community.


Get connected today by clicking HERE to Sign Up!

Highlands College Foundation Request Form

The survey will take approximately 6 minutes to complete. Please use this form to submit funding request to the Highlands College Foundation.

    Full Name:

    Student Number:

    Contact Telephone Number:

    Your Email Address:

    Course of Study & Department:

    Date of Request:>

    Amount of Funding Requested:

    Please give a detailed description of what the donation will be used to fund:

    Have you discussed your requirements with your department head or tutor?

    Please confirm if you are unable to provide the requested funding without the assistance of the foundation.
    Yes. I confirm that I cannot meet the funding requirements without assistance.No. I could possibly self fund or get assistance elsewhere.

    Please confirm the following:
    Not receiving the stated donation would impact on my ability to complete my course.There would be no impact on the completion of my course.Not Applicable

    Are you currently seeking funding elsewhere relating to this request?

    Are you aged 19 or over?

    If, you are under 19, you will need to seek your parent's consent to proceed with this application. Your Head of Department will be asked to contact your parent or guardian for approval. If there are any extenuating circumstances that the Foundation should be aware of, please note this below and discuss with your department head.

    Please add any additional information here that may be relevant in helping the committee make the decision to approve this funding request.

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