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Our new Work Experience & Traineeships Programme launches this summer.

For many young people, opportunities in life can be hard to find. It’s a fact we know only too well – and it’s something we’ve always tried to change. This summer sees the official launch of our Work Experience & Traineeships Programme, which aims to offer more chances for young people to volunteer with YHA. Over the past five years, the proportion of young people among our active volunteers has risen to 25%. We’d like to see that figure keep climbing.

Volunteering and Work Experience


A work experience placement or traineeship can make a real difference to a young person, bolstering both their CV and their self-confidence. It can even be an attractive route towards paid employment with YHA. We’re introducing the programme at 23 different hostels across England and Wales, from London to the Lakes and from Cornwall to Cardiff. On offer are work experience placements of one, two or four weeks (for ages 16-25) and traineeships of between eight and 12 weeks (for ages 16-24).

Interested? We don’t ask for any prior experience or qualifications – enthusiasm and commitment are far more important. And we’ll give all the necessary training, as well as supplying a reference and certificate at the end of the placement. We know how vital the right opportunities can be – which is exactly why we want to provide them.

For more info, or to register interest, visit the website.

The participating hostels are: YHA Ambleside, YHA Bath, YHA Brighton, YHA Bristol, YHA Cambridge, YHA Cardiff, YHA Castleton, YHA Conwy, YHA Edale, YHA Eden Project, YHA London Central, YHA London Earl’s Court, YHA London Lee Valley, YHA London St Pancras, YHA London St Paul’s, YHA London Thameside, YHA Manchester, YHA Penzance, YHA Sheringham, YHA Stratford-upon-Avon, YHA Swanage, YHA Whitby, YHA York.

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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