The Australian working holiday visa is the ideal solution for anyone considering a gap year – you have a full year to see all the sights of Australia, as well as the chance to work so you can make money to support your travels.
London, UK (PRWEB UK) 16 January 2012
As a million young Brits struggle to find work, the Australian working holiday visa program gives them the chance to try life Down Under for a year and find great jobs available in idyllic locations.
Youth unemployment in the UK has risen by almost 450,000 since 2004 and currently stands at its highest for 23 years, with the most recent figures revealing that the level of unemployment in the UK’s 16-24 year old demographic exceeded the one million mark in November 2011.
The bleak economic outlook combined with the extortionate rise in tuition fees and intense competition for university places has begun to take its toll on the average young person’s prospect landscape.
Additionally, with the Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King predicting Britain’s economy could stagnate until the middle of 2012, few could blame young Brits for wanting to leave the UK for greener pastures.
While much of the world struggles to recover from the global financial crisis, Australia remains recession-free. The country’s booming mining and construction industries have helped keep the country’s economic prospects high, and the Australian Dollar continues to go from strength to strength.
The working holiday visa program, which has been running successfully for decades, reached an incredible high in 2008 when 40,108 Britons left for Australia at the height of the global recession.
However, with dire predictions of another slump possibly on the horizon, the working holiday visa program (which has no cap for UK applicants) is likely to see another record year in 2012.
As the Australian summer approaches its peak and more and more people make it their New Year’s resolution to escape the grim weather and pessimism of the UK, the Australian Visa Bureau has already received unprecedented demand this January for the visa.
“Everyone’s fantasised about escaping to golden coasts and blue waters, but the idea of taking an extended break often seems impossible" said Guy Bradley, Managing Director of the Australian Visa Bureau.
"That’s why the Australian working holiday visa is the ideal solution for anyone considering a gap year – you have a full year to see all the sights of Australia, as well as the chance to work so you can make money to support your travels and get some great experience in one of the country’s many thriving industries.”
While the mining and construction industries have become the backbone of Australia’s economy, the country’s resiliency and growing skills shortages mean that there are a wealth of positions available in sectors as varied as IT, nursing, tourism and the service industry.
This means that travellers arriving on an Australia visa can expect to find a job market full of opportunities
What’s more, should you find a suitable position, there may be the potential to change visas and extend your stay in Australia, with the possibility of permanent residency later on. Given that many aspire to emigrate to Australia, and the recent changes to the Australian skilled migration program, this is a path that more and more young Brits are considering.
To qualify for a working holiday visa, young Britons must be aged between 18 and 30, be in possession of a valid UK passport and hold sufficient funds to initially support themselves on arrival.
There are also health and character requirements which need to be met in order to qualify but with an online assessment taking just minutes, it couldn’t be simpler finding out if you’re eligible or not.
Any young Briton can discover their own eligibility by completing an Australian visa application for the working holiday visa on the Australian Visa Bureau website.