Youth Achievement Awards – The Levels

Youth Achievement Awards are graduated, from the Youth Challenge at the lowest level, which is the recommended starting point, to the Platinum Award at the top, which you cannot take until you reach 16. However, you...

YHA Card

If you are planning a multi-stop backpacking tour, a YHA card will be indispensible. The card costs £10, but can save you a substantial amount of money if you plan on booking hostels for different legs of your trip...

Work Experience – School Based

At some stage during years 10 or 11 you will have the chance to spend a week in the ‘real world’ on work experience. This could be an ideal chance for you to try out a career that has caught your eye to see if it turns...

Winter-Sports Holidays for Young Travellers

As well as the water-sports and trekking holidays that are on offer, it is well worth considering one of the many winter-sports holidays that are aimed at young travellers. Combing sports and gap year travel has become...

Voluntary Work

You’re busy studying at school and you have a healthy social life, then someone mentions voluntary work: are they completely mad, Why would you give up your time to work for someone and not get paid, Surely that can’t...

Vocational Training – Hairdressing

For some people, traditional academic courses can be a little daunting, but thankfully many schools have come to recoginse this and now offer a range of vocational training courses where you will learn skills that will...

Vocational Training – Animal Care

If you are you lucky enough to have some vocational qualifications offered as part of the year 9 options choices, you might find that there is a course to interest you. The vocational courses are designed to appeal to...

Vocational Training – Public Service

Vocational training is designed to give students from year 10 onwards a chance to learn a skill that is actually used in the workplace but is not an academic qualification. Many schools are now able to offer vocational...

Vocational Training – Construction

On offer at some schools are vocational qualifications. These can be chosen instead of more academic GCSEs, and may suit you better if you find learning in a practical way better than learning in a theory based way...

Vocational Training – Catering

Catering is an increasingly popular vocational training course that is offered in some schools. It differs from Food Technology, which has long been a GCSE option, as it looks at commercial catering rather than self...