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Work & Travel Opportunities in the UK

Work & Travel Opportunities in the UK inploi Team | 19.10.2016

Today is Day 3 of Springboard's Front of House Festival, themed: Leisure and Tourism Visitor Services. The Front of House Festival, which takes place from 17-21 October, aims to raise the profile of job opportunities in front of house and the waiting profession, as well as the career paths, progression routes and great rewards on offer (Source: Careerscope).

In celebration of this day, inploi has decided to raise awareness about the work/travel opportunities for non-UK youth. These work/travel opportunities are often in the leisure and tourism sector, which includes work at chalets, resorts and theme parks. Work/travel opportunities are often being taken up as part of a gap year or to obtain work experience, whilst providing amazing travel possibilities due to the flexibility of work hours.

Whilst limited work/travel opportunities exist for nationalities outside of the European Union, some nationalities do qualify. According to The Global Work & Travel Co. the following criteria exists:

 - Aged 18-30

 - Citizen of eligible country

 - No criminals convictions

 - No serious driving offences

 - Valid passport

 - Evidence of sufficient funds

According to the UK Visa Bureau's website, the following countries qualify: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Monaco, Taiwan

The Visa that needs to be applied for is called the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme, and replaces the previous UK Working Holiday Visa programme. Qualifying individuals can live in the UK for up to two years. 

The Global Work & Travel Co. i.a. Offers opportunities in the following areas:

  • Hospitality, Retail, Admin, Bartending, Au Pair/Nanny, Pubs & Clubs, Sales & Promotions, Customer Service Reps, Manors & Resorts, Tourism and Hotels.

The UK's hospitality sector is thriving, and as the fourth largest employer in the UK, offer fantastic opportunities for non-UK residents. You can either find a job through one of the many work/travel agencies, such as Statravel, or apply for jobs on the inploi website or iOS app

Tomorrow is National Waiter's Day, culminating in the Waiter's Day Race at Hyde Park at 4pm. inploi will also have an exhibition - be sure to check us out! The last day of the Front of House Festival is tomorrow, 21 October, where awareness about the Food & Beverages sector will take centre stage. Search for #FOH2016 on your favourite social media channel to follow the rest of the Front of House Festival online!

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