ENGINE – Young Persons Work Exchange


Development and delivery of work exchange for 18-25 year olds, focussing on development of their personal skills, and their knowledge and understanding of rural development, community and enterprise.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

The individuals themselves were, fundamentally, interesting young people, and it was decent progress to start to make their connection to community-led rural development.

How has your project benefited your local area?

The 2019 cohort established an active and participative network of young people across the three rural areas. They were keen to engage with the development of the 2020 cohort, and had a great experience of LEADER in both countries. This created some building blocks for LEADER to further engage with an age-group which is generally under-represented in LDS decision-making and rural development activism.

What has been your biggest challenge?

There is no doubt that CV19 caused the year-one legacy to fizzle out and left further interim success, of identifying year-two, very much in the balance, and dependant on spend beyond 31/3/2021 programme end.
The network of young people from cohort one remained quite unconnected to LEADER, mainly relating through RSS, the contractor working as agent for LEADER. This degree of connectivity is perhaps realistic, but there was limited time to capitalise on this further, which was the intention.
Project name

ENGINE – Young Persons Work Exchange

Applicant name

Angus Council

Approved grant

£14,322 towards total project of £61,027.20

Fund now closed for further applications