‘RYE Connect’ scheme offers rural opportunities

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Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has urged young people in rural areas to grasp the opportunity to improve their career prospects by participating in the ‘RYE Connect’ Programme.

The ‘RYE Connect’ Programme is an innovative approach aimed at igniting ideas and encouraging enterprise development among young people in rural areas.

Minister O’Neill has allocated match funding of £193,698 over three years for the initiative under DARD’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme.

‘RYE Connect’ is led by the Rural Development Council (RDC) in partnership with The Advantage Foundation Ltd and has an international dimension bringing together organisations from Finland and Greenland under the EU Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA) 2014-2020.

Encouraging young people in rural areas to participate in the Programme, Minister O’Neill said: “I am delighted to be supporting this initiative with £193,698 in match funding, over a three year period, under my Department’s Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme.

“RYE Connect will provide up to 400 young people aged 18-30 living in rural areas with the support to help turn a business idea into reality.”

For further details on how to avail to the RYE Connect Programme, contact the Rural Development Council on 028 8676 6980.