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Government announces gap year scheme

06 August 2009 07:27

Government announces gap year scheme

Graduates planning on signing up for the newly announced gap year scheme from the government could find it wise to put a gap year travel insurance policy at the top of their holiday shopping list.

Plans by the government to help struggling graduates unable to find work are set to see up to 500 young people aged 24 and under travel abroad to take part in community projects that will hopefully enhance their CV.

And as the trips could see graduates travelling to far-flung and exotic places including Costa Rica and India, holiday insurance to help towards the cost of any medical treatment needed could prove to be a worthwhile investment.

In total, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will put £500,000 into helping graduates take potentially career-enhancing gap years.

Each trip will be ten weeks long and will be organised with the help of gap year travel company Rayleigh International.