Passport to skills camp

A MORPETH student enjoyed a taste of Nordic culture to help develop enterprise skills.

Five young people from across the county went on an exchange visit to Sweden as part of a leadership training programme run by Young Northumberland.

The group, aged 18 to 25, took part in an inaugural conference, which included other people from Sweden, Finland, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.

It discussed common issues for young people in rural areas, such as unemployment and trying to develop more business and social opportunities, and enabled participants to build up contacts. Workshops were led by coaches with business, creative arts and personal development backgrounds.

Among the group was Year 13 King Edward VI School student Marc Tully.

After the conference, participants completed a work placement and Marc spent his week at Sweden’s Centre for Information Logistics, International Sales and Marketing.

He said: “It was fantastic. I could really experience Swedish culture first hand.

“I would recommend it to anyone as I had a great time and even though my placement was not exactly what I wanted to do, I met some amazing people from all over Scandinavia and have made some great friends.

“Learning new skills in a fun and inviting environment with complete strangers made it more interesting as there were many different viewpoints to consider.”

Six young people from southern Sweden came to the Northumberland uplands last year.

Two further exchange visits are open for applications.

For more information contact Jane Riddell or Jennifer Hewitson on 01669 622075 or email