Techniquest is a joint sponsor in a £49m new initiative for young people in Wales, called Reach the Heights, which is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) with match funding from the Welsh Assembly Government and associated sponsors. As part of this scheme, Techniquest will be developing and delivering STEM programmes through seven regional Hubs in the convergence areas across Wales for 11 – 19 year olds who face or who are at risk of disadvantage or under-achievement, to improve their career opportunities.
‘Reach the Heights’ is part financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and is part of the Convergence Programme for west Wales and the Valleys. Around £27 million pounds of ESF money will be made available over the life of the projects, with the rest coming from the Welsh Assembly Government, the Joint Sponsors and (in a few cases) the organisations carrying out the activities.
The Welsh Assembly Government, working with a range of outside bodies, will fund activities aimed at 11-19 year olds with the help of the European Social Fund (ESF).
‘Reach the Heights’ includes two projects to provide help and new opportunities to young people.
‘First Footholds’ will work with some of Wales’ most disadvantaged young people to help them defeat some of the barriers they face.
‘Routes to the Summit’ will aim to raise the skills and aspirations of young people so that they can make better progress in education and training and move more easily into work or higher education.
To find out more about what the other partners (‘Joint Sponsors’) in ‘Reach the Heights’ are doing click on the links below:
- Welsh Assembly Government
- Arts Council of Wales
- Children in Wales
- Community Music Wales
- Funky Dragon
- Save the Children (Participation Unit)
- SNAP Cymru
- Urdd Gobaith Cymru
Many of the activities and opportunities created by ‘Reach the Heights’ will be carried out by other partner organisations, chosen through a public bidding process.
If you want to get involved in providing these activities, please register at the Sell2Wales website to be kept informed and to be considered.