Funding for education for students over the age of 16 needs urgent attention, according to a new report by the Education Scrutiny Panel.
The report found that 50% of students surveyed felt a lack of finances blocked them from accessing education.
Transport was also an area of concern to the panel, who said going to college or school on a bus, rather than in a car should be promoted to help decrease traffic congestion.
Local businesses said that digital skills need to improve as well as inter personal skills.
The panel made a number of recommendations including that I.T education is improved to improve digital skills. A review is launched into the way young people are given information about post 16 education and bus services for students travelling to schools and college are looked at.
It also says that the development of a purpose built further education campus should be completed by 2023 to replace facilities at Highlands College.