The scheme is part of a European Social Funds funded project across the four local authorities in North West Wales. The £60,000 will go towards activities in Gwynedd and Anglesey and has come from the Welsh Government’s Mon a Menai Regeneration Area programme.
The First Minister made the announcement during a visit to Gwynedd Council’s stand at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Glynllifon where he met young people who have benefited from the Llwyddo’n Lleol scheme. The scheme aims to stem the flow of young people’s outward migration from rural areas through a series of activities which develops a culture of enterprise.
The funding announced today will go towards the Sector Specific events which will help to inspire and inform Year 9 pupils on their subject choices and career considerations.
The First Minister said:
"It is important that young people have the option of pursuing a career in the local area. Llwyddo’n Lleol helps to make that happen by providing young people with the confidence and the skills to be enterprising, which in turn also helps to develop the local economy. There have already been success stories as a result of Llwyddo’n Lleol and I look forward to hearing more in the future.
"I am pleased today to be able to announce funding from the Mon a Menai Programme to further support this scheme."
Gwynedd Council’s Economy Portfolio Leader, Councillor John Wynn Jones said:
"Since Gwynedd Council established the innovative Llwyddo’n Lleol initiative in 2004 it has supported more than 1,000 of the county’s young people. We are proud that Gwynedd’s flagship initiative is now being implemented across the North West area to ensure that we can provide our young people with the right tools so that they can succeed in their own communities. Over 2,500 young people have benefited from the project across the north west Wales area."
The Welsh Government announced Mon a Menai as the second Strategic Regeneration Area in Wales in 2008.