On Friday 21 June, Ceredigion County Council’s Cynnydd Project and Alternative Curriculum first annual award ceremony took place in Cwrtnewydd.

The celebration recognised the achievements of year 11 pupils from across the county who have received support through the Cynnydd Project and Alternative Curriculum Provision.

The Cynnydd project has helped the young people most at risk of disengaging with education by providing intensive interventions to improve their attendance at school and their attainment and behaviour. Support has included mentoring, coaching, and courses to increase employment and life skills to help improve future education and career prospects.

Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services. She said, “It was a pleasure to be part of this successful event to celebrate the achievements of so many young people. The Alternative Curriculum is a very important provision within the county and provides pupils with extraordinary opportunities.

The Cynnydd project has enabled a large number of young people gain additional qualifications, the majority of which are level 2 qualifications. It is a pleasure to hear a number of successful stories with many of the young people already accepted in colleges ready for September.”

Michelle Davies, Ceredigion County Council’s Cynnydd Project Co-ordinator said, “It was a pleasure to see so many pupils enjoying the celebrations and taking part in activities provided by Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training. This year the Cynnydd project which is part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government has enabled 119 year 11 pupils to receive recognised qualifications for their hard work

I would like to thank the Cynnydd workers from each of the secondary schools as well as the Careers Wales staff for their dedication in supporting our vulnerable young people.”

A special thanks is given to local businesses who provided food, drink and games for the awards ceremony.

For further information about the work of the Cynnydd Project, please contact via phone on 01970 633 647 or email alternativecurriculum@ceredigion.gov.uk.