Vocational and Youth Opportunities

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Rotary Awards 2019: Youth Opportunities in the Summer Holidays

Ocean Youth Trust (OYT): Sailing on the James Cook

The two Rotary Clubs of Skipton Craven and Skipton are once again sponsoring up to 3 places on the 70-foot yacht “James Cook”, in partnership with Ocean Youth Trust North. This year, the James Cook will be participating in the 2019 International Tall Ships Races out of Aahus, Denmark.

The plan is for us to take our 3 awardees to York on Saturday 3rd August 2019 to join up with fellow students sponsored by Rotary Clubs in Yorkshire. They will then all be escorted as a group to Denmark. On Sunday 4th August, they will board the James Cook in Aahus.

The awardees will then spend 2 days in Denmark, enjoying the Tall Ships festivities and fireworks, and participate in the Parade of Sail aboard the James Cook. Thereafter, the crew will set sail across the North Sea to arrive back in North Shields on Saturday 10th August.

The cost per person of this once-in-a-lifetime experience is £690, and will be met in full by a Rotary Award. The transport cost from York to Denmark is extra and will be about £180 per person, (but the final cost has not yet been worked out), and awardees will be encouraged to raise this amount themselves. Transport costs  from Skipton to York and the return from North Shields will also be met by our 2 Rotary Clubs as candidates will be taken  and returned by Rotary members.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Our two Rotary Clubs will also be offering 4 places on a course that runs from either Saturday 27th July to Friday 2nd August or Saturday 3rd to Friday 9th August 2019 at Hebden Hey Activity Centre on the outskirts of Hebden Bridge. The courses are hugely popular and have now been running for more than 20 years. They offer a rare opportunity for young people to experience and learn about themselves, about working in a team, and importantly about leadership. The courses are largely centred on outdoor activities based on elements of problem solving, communication, organisation, delegation, teamwork etc.

The cost is £475 per person. Rotary will pay all course and residential fees in full, and will also provide transport to and from Hebden Hey. There is no additional costs for successful candidates.


OYT and RYLA courses are open to students who are at least 16 years of age on the first day of the course, and under 18 years of age on the last day of the course they apply for. Applicants may apply for both RYLA and OYT if they so wish.

Applications are now invited for both schemes, and can be made by post to: Rotarian Phil Brown, 17 Westerley Crescent, Silsden, Keighley BD20 0BW; or by email to philandsally@blueyonder.co.uk.  Any queries can be sent to this address also.

There are no formal application forms.  You must apply in the form of a letter, stating the scheme or schemes you wish to apply for, and explain in some detail why you wish to be considered. You should also provide key biographical details (name, postal and email addresses, phone numbers, date of birth, current education / employment details).  The closing date for applications is the 22nd February, and our two Rotary Clubs will conduct selection interviews during the week beginning 4th March 2019. Further details can also be found on our web-site www.skiptoncravenrotary.co.uk under Vocational and Youth Opportunities as well as on the following web-sites, www.ryla.org and www.oytnorth.org.uk