The Growth Sector Events are part of the £3.8 million Llwyddo'n Lleol project, which is jointly funded by the EU's Convergence European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, Gwynedd Council and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the 14-19 Network. It aims to help 11-19 year olds develop their entrepreneurial skills and to learn about the growth sectors in Gwynedd.
Cyfle, the training company for the creative media industries in Wales, was invited to work in partnership with Llwyddo’n Lleol and run practical workshops given by local people who work in the sector. Year 9 pupils from schools including Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen, Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle, Ysgol y Moelwyn and Ysgol y Gader took part in the day at the Galeri in Caernarfon.
Through a series of hands-on activities and presentations the initiative highlighted to the pupils the employment and self-employment opportunities the creative industries will offer them in the future, on their doorstep.
Lowri Jones, Project Co-ordinator for Llwyddo’n Lleol said: “The creative industry is vast. Animation, computer gaming, fashion, and web pages are all part of this dynamic and fast moving sector.
“The pupils were given the opportunity to take part in practical activities looking at the technological side of the creative industries - theatre and lighting, using a camera, editing and sound. Thank you to Skillset, Cyfle and the experts from the industry who took part in the day and shared their knowledge with the pupils.”
Shan Jones from Cyfle added: “our work with young people via projects such as this one, has demonstrated our commitment to providing skills and opportunities which give a realistic insight into the future of the creative industries, and the career options it can bring. We look forward to seeing some of these young people working in the creative industries, and possibly attending Cyfle courses in the future.”