If you’re a UK resident aged between 18 and 30 and want to work and get involved in the travel and tourism industry, either in this country or overseas but don’t have the resources to do so, then ‘Go Make It Happen’ might be able to help.
We can help in a number of ways:
- Provide information on possible routes into travel and tourism, so that you can see the possibilities that you have to develop and benefit from working in the travel and tourism industry.
- Offer grants to cover the cost (or some of the cost) of training courses that will develop the vocational skills you need to work in travel and tourism.
- Offer grants towards costs such as flights and related expenses to work on overseas travel and tourism projects.
- Offer opportunities to work on internships in the travel and tourism industry.
- Provide ongoing support and advice: on training courses this could take the form of mentoring or extra assistance (subject to the approval of the training provider), and on overseas projects we can provide practical and material assistance, or just a friendly face, from among the many ‘Helping Hand Hosts’ we are in contact with.
- Provide a social forum for people we support and sponsor to keep in contact with each other and with the charity.
All assistance is offered subject to a successful application and interview process.
Here are some ideas of projects we can support (but you are welcome to bring us your own contacts and ideas)…
- Award a scholarship to a young CELTA candidate who is planning to teach overseas.
- Issue a bursary for someone to travel and work overseas (perhaps in conjunction with the English Speaking Union).
- Sponsor a young person to do the London Blue Badge Tourist Guide training course.
- Internships in various sectors of the UK travel and tourism industry.
- Work with organisations such as VSO on tourism projects in the developing world, such as those promoting sustainable tourism.
- Send young volunteers to work on projects such as the Book Bus project, which promotes literacy and the enjoyment of reading throughout the world.
- Reciprocal ‘travel swaps’ with young people from Burma.
- Reciprocal language teacher swaps, perhaps through organisations such as IATEFL and English UK.
- Work experience with touring orchestras.
- Pay the expenses and school fees for young people to do ‘The Knowledge’ to become a London taxi driver (in conjunction with the LTDA).
- Sponsor skills-based qualifications which allow young people to work abroad as, for example, sailing instructors or sports coaches.