Workshops and interactive sessions by the wrestler Barri Griffiths (Celtic Warrior) and the bands Genod Droog and Vanta were a big hit with pupils from schools all over Gwynedd, and highlighted that interesting opportunities can be created right on their doorsteps.
Pupils took part in beat-boxing sessions, learnt about becoming a professional wrestler; and also had the opportunity during the ‘Ask the Council’ session to quiz members of Gwynedd Council on issues they felt were important to young people. The questions and answers will be posted on the Llwyddo’n Lleol website.
The schools also took part in the Roadshow’s Marketing Competition, where they were asked to come up with innovative ideas on how they would promote Llwyddo’n Lleol to young people in the county. The successful schools who were presented with a trophy and certificate included Ysgol Eifionydd, Porthmadog and Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Funded by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Rural Community Action programme, Gwynedd Council, the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency and the Gwynedd 14-19 Network; Llwyddo’n Lleol is aimed at demonstrating that Gwynedd is a great place to live and venture, and to encourage young people to stay or return to the county.
Nia Swann, the Development Officer for Llwyddo’n Lleol was very pleased with this year’s events:
“The roadshows were a great opportunity for us to highlight the huge range of options available to young people in terms of starting their own ventures here in Gwynedd. Attendees heard from young people who have started successful businesses in the county, about the benefits of Gwynedd as a place to do business. They learned that with hard work and a positive attitude, a passion can be turned into a successful business”