Scotland Sweden Youth Exchange takes off

Published Tuesday 26 February 2019

This summer 15 lucky young people will get the chance to visit Smaland in Sweden thanks to LEADER EU rural development funds, “ENGINE - Scotland-Sweden Youth exchange”, a project that supports personal development and work experience.

We've helped to secure 100% LEADER grant to fund this amazing opportunity for young people who live in rural areas of Angus. As lead applicant in the project we see this project as the ideal opportunity to give young people (aged between 18-25) the chance to develop new workplace skills and gain experience working in another country and the opportunity to network. The project develops young rural entrepreneurs and community activists to help sustain rural communities and economies.

Economic Development spokesman Councillor Braden Davy said “Our young people want to be able to live and work in rural areas, and to have a say in how rural areas develop. These dreams are not so easy to achieve, and many rural communities lose their young people to urban areas. This project will support our young people to share their experiences, and cast their gaze beyond their local area in search of further inspiration and encouragement.”

Angus LEADER Local Action Group Chair Douglas Pond said “Working with other countries presents a great opportunity for everyone involved, one which LEADER is keen to encourage.”

Angus Council’s Service Leader Strategic Policy and Economy Alison Smith said “Angus Council’s willingness to front the application to LEADER has helped smooth the way for Angus’ young people to participate.”

The young people taking part are currently being selected. The first trips takes place in June this year.