Vocational and Youth Opportunities

Providing opportunities for young people. For information on applying for a RYLA or Ocean Youth Trust course click on Details below.

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Rotary Awards 2020:

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 there will be two sailings from North Shield and along the East Coat and back to North Shields.

The plan is for us to take our 3 awardees to North Shields on 3rd August 2020 to join up with fellow students sponsored by Rotary Clubs in Yorkshire where they will board the James Cook. There are only 12 places on the voyage and so our three awardees will make up 25% of the crew.

The awardees will then spend 6 days on board the James Cook and sail out of North Shields along the East coast before returning to North Shields.

The cost per person of this once-in-a-lifetime experience is nearly £700, and will be met in full by a Rotary Award. Return transport costs  from Skipton to 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 3 to 4 places on a course that runs from either Saturday 27th July to Friday 31st July or Saturday 1st to Friday 7th 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 nearly £500 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 27th July, and under 18 years of age on the8th August. Applicants may apply for both RYLA and OYT if they so wish.

Applications are now invited for both schemes and can be made by E-mail to Rotarian Simon Manley at simon-manley@tiscali.co.uk.

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