A conference was held at Pembroke Dock recently for the teams responsible for preventing children and young people from dropping out of education in West Wales.
The Cynnydd project supports children and young people aged between 11 and 24 who are at risk of disengaging with education.
It aims to provide them access to a broader and more innovative range of learning options, enabling them to gain vocational and higher level skills.
Participants are also given a better understanding of the workplace through the use of work experience placements appropriate to their needs.
Cynnydd is led by Pembrokeshire County Council and delivered in partnership with fellow local authorities and FE Colleges together with Careers Wales in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea.
The conference, which allowed delivery teams from all partner organisations to network with colleagues and share best practice, followed an announcement that Cynnydd had been awarded an additional £11.5m of funding from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.
The extra funding means it can continue until the end of 2022. The total project cost is £35.5m.
Feedback from the event, which was held at the Bridge Innovation Centre, included: “Attending an event such as this enables you to feel part of the wider project and not just within your own organisation. It aids networking with partners, enabling closer working relationships to be developed.”
The extra ESF funding for Cynnydd means the project will support an additional 3,217 participants, bringing the total to 7,717 over the duration of the initiative.
Pictured are representatives of the various delivery teams from the partner organisations.