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Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho extension built after grant

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A NEW extension at Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho was opened today (Sept 4). The extension was mainly funded through a Council Community Grant and a grant from the National Lottery.

Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho’s new extension will allow them to significantly improve their facilities and also increase the number of childcare places available. The new extension was opened by the Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Hag Harris.

The extension was funded through a combination of local fundraising contributions and events as well as a £15,000 Council Community Grant and a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery. Other contributions include £400 from Mudiad Meithrin, £150 from Lledrod Community Council and £4,800 was raised by Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho itself.

Councillor Catrin Miles, the Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services said: “Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho has been able to make very effective use of the Council’s Community Grant and other funding to make a valuable addition to their Cylch. I’m sure the youngsters will be excited to see the new extension and will benefit greatly from the extra space.”

The purpose of the Council’s Community Grant Scheme is to increase the range of facilities, activities and opportunities within Ceredigion. Each application can be awarded up to a maximum grant of lower than 50% of the project cost or the amount required to fund the project deficit, up to a maximum of £25,000.

The Community Grant is designed to support communities in Ceredigion by providing grant money to allow communities to fund the rest themselves or by attracting additional or match-funding from another source.

Graham Parker, Chairman of Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho, said: “This has been a great example of local fundraising being supported by Ceredigion Council Community Grants and the National Lottery and we are very grateful to everyone who has contributed towards our extension fund.  This will deliver a tremendous benefit to the local community by improving facilities for the children, increasing the number of childcare places available for parents and also increasing local employment opportunities.”

Cylch Meithrin Llangeitho is one of many Ceredigion childcare providers who have registered as providers of the Welsh Government’s Childcare Offer which launched on September 1 in Ceredigion.

The offer of Welsh Government funded childcare is available for eligible working parents and guardians of three and four-year-old children for up to 30 hours per week and will be available for up to 48 weeks of the year. Parents interested in registering for the offer should visit the Council’s website on www.ceredigion.gov.uk/ChildcareOffer.

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Busy week for Young Ambassadors

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IT’S been a busy few weeks for Ceredigion Sporting Young Ambassadors.

The Silver Young Ambassadors received training during the October half term holidays in readiness to go back to their schools and clubs to deliver sporting activities. The Active Young People Training involved planning, delivering and evaluating sessions and health and safety.

A very important aspect of the course was Disability Inclusion as all activities offered through Ceredigion Actif are inclusive. There are disabled Young Ambassadors involved with various programmes across the county.

Four Gold Young Ambassadors attended the Wales Gold Young Ambassador Conference at Cardiff City Football Stadium. This was an opportunity for Gold Young Ambassadors from around Wales to come together and plan for the year ahead.

Eddie Roper (Ysgol Bro Pedr), Sioned Rimmer, Dwynwen Davies and Elinor Thomas (all Penweddig Comprehensive School) were able to share their ideas and good practices in Ceredigion as well as receive a motivational speech from World Champion Inline Skater, Jenna Dowing. Osian Davies was involved with the planning and running of the day as part of his role on the National Young Ambassador Steering Group. Osian is a Platinum Young Ambassador for Ceredigion.

Alwyn Davies, Active Young People Manager said, “These were two fantastic opportunities for our Young Sporting Leaders in Ceredigion. They have shown great enthusiasm and motivation to become Young Ambassadors and are developing into confident role models in our schools and our community clubs.”

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services, Lifelong Learning and Leisure said, “The aim of the training and conference was to enhance confidence in leadership skills of Young Ambassadors around Ceredigion schools. 15 Young Ambassadors attended the Active Young People Training and four Gold Young Ambassadors attended the Gold Young Ambassador National Conference. This is a great opportunity for our young people and I’m very proud of them all.”

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Aspiring hairdresser hoping to shine

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BAYLEY HARRIES will be competing in a prestigious competition which allows young trainees and apprentices the opportunity to show off their skills in a huge variety of vocational careers.

Bayley is a Level 2 Hairdressing apprentice at Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training (HCT). She will be competing in the UK National Regional Heat for Wales which will take place in Wrexham on Monday, 26 November.

The competition is run by World Skills. This is an organisation which aims to inspire young people interested in vocational careers to achieve their full potential in their chosen career route. If successful, Bayley will have an opportunity to compete in the Wales National Final in Cardiff on 16 December.

Carys Randell, hairdressing training advisor at HCT is thrilled to see Bayley taking part in the prestigious skills competition, saying, “We wish Bayley the best of luck at the competition and we would like to say a huge thanks to her employer, Sioned Rees, for all of the fantastic help and support she has given to Bayley in preparation for the competition. She couldn’t have come this far without it.”

Bayley is no stranger to showing off her skills at a competitive level. In 2017, she won the Level 1 hairdressing competition at the Urdd National Eisteddfod. She won again this year, competing in the Level 2 category.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member for Learning Service and Lifelong Learning said, “It’s wonderful to see Bayley come so far with the support of her employer and the staff at HCT. We wish her the very best in the UK National Regional Heat at the end of the month.”

HCT offers a range of vocational courses for people of all ages, including Hairdressing, Childcare, Business Administration, Information Technology, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrics, Blacksmithing, Agriculture, Motor Mechanics, and Welding.

For more information, find ‘Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training’ on Facebook, or visit the website: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/public-it/hct/index.html

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Apprentices start their career within the county

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FOLLOWING a successful recruitment campaign held over the summer, four young people from Ceredigion recently took their first steps in careers.

The four successful applicants started with Ceredigion County Council in early November as apprentices in Human Resource Business Administration, Social Care and Youth Work.

Alanah Lloyd, Apprentice Human Resource Business Administrator, talked about why she applied and how she is settling in, “I applied because I wanted to gain a qualification and earn a wage at the same time. I wanted to work for the Council where there are opportunities to progress. Everyone has been very supportive and I’m settling in well.”

The newly established apprenticeship programme proved popular, with the Council receiving significant interest and a high level of applications. As one of the largest employers in the area, the Council plans to expand the apprenticeship programme to develop more opportunities for the residents of Ceredigion. The programme aims to provide quality opportunities to young people helping them to earn, learn and develop careers in their home county as an alternative to college and university.

Councillor Ray Quant MBE, Cabinet Member with responsibility for People and Organisation said, “The number of applications and enquiries the Council has received shows the high level of interest in apprenticeship opportunities for the people of Ceredigion. I am delighted to see our four apprentices start and look forward to seeing how they develop over the coming months. The Council is committed into investing in people’s futures.”

The Council will be attending the ‘Ceredigion Careers Festival’ on Tuesday, 19 February at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from 9am to 4pm to talk about apprenticeships and careers. The event is organised by Careers Wales and is open to pupils in Ceredigion from years 9 to 13, and parents are also welcome to attend.

For more information about apprenticeships at Ceredigion County Council, contact on apprentice@ceredigion.gov.uk

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