If you are considering a Gap Year you will find some useful links below. There are also some excellent books in the Careers Resource Area.
Please think carefully about your personal safety when planning a Gap Year. Take advice about health, safety and insurance issues.
Your will find a useful list of websites below:
http://www.yini.org.uk - a Year In Industry. Opportunities for paid employment in top UK companies prior to university
If you intend applying for a courser which requires relevant work experience, eg social work then you may wish to consider volunteering. You may find the following links useful:
http://www.worldwidevolunteering.org.uk - worldwide volunteering for young people
http://www.volunteering.org.uk - organisation for local volunteer opportunities
http://www.vso.org.uk - Voluntary Services Overseas
http://www.volunteeringkirklees.org.uk - Volunteering Kirklees helps local people find volunteering opportunities that benefit the local community
http://www.princes-trust.org.uk - voluntary work and information on starting your own business