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SEARCH BEGINS FOR THE SECOND LLYNDY ISAF SCHOLAR

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Wales YFC and the National Trust Eryri are beginning the search for the second Llyndy Isaf Scholar.

Llyndy Isaf is a 614 acre upland livestock unit in the Nant Gwynant Valley. The partnership between Wales YFC and the National Trust Eryri gives one lucky YFC member the chance to live on and run the farm for a whole year. Applications for the second scholar open on Monday 24th March and will close on Friday 2nd May.

The Llyndy Isaf Scholarship will give someone the opportunity to become skilled at decision-making, business management, and animal husbandry by running a working upland farm. YFC members aged 18 to 26 are encouraged to apply for this fantastic opportunity to help them take a step onto the farming ladder. The scholar will receive a salary of circa £16,000 as well as being responsible for the farm budget. Accommodation and a farm vehicle are also provided as part of the package.

Wales YFC and National Trust Eryri will be hosting two open days at Llyndy Isaf for members and friends to visit the farm to view the landscape and facilities, and to speak to National Trust Staff including the current scholar, Caryl Hughes to learn more about the opportunity. The Open Days will be held on Sunday 30th March and Saturday 26th April between 10am and 4pm, presentations from Staff will be at 11am and 2pm. The address for Llyndy Isaf is Fferm Llyndy Isaf, Nant Gwynant, LL55 4NG.

The initiative will provide the successful candidate with the opportunities to develop personal skills in areas such as stock management, business skills, self-confidence including public speaking, and practical work through a series of formal and informal training and work experience. The scholar will also have the opportunity to work in other National Trust departments and locations including the neighbouring farm, Hafod y Llan. The Hafod y Llan farm manager, Arwyn Owen will also act as mentor to the scholar to provide advice, support and guidance.

“This is a unique opportunity for a Wales YFC member to live and work in the Snowdonia National Park. The second scholar will continue the work done by Caryl and help create a legacy to be remembered for generations” Iwan Thomas, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Chairman

Speaking on behalf of National Trust Eryri, Rhys Evans said; “The National Trust are proud to be working with Wales YFC on this project. This is a fantastic opportunity for a young farmer to experience what it is like to run an upland farm. This initiative will ensure that the successful candidate can build their confidence and develop their skills in stock management, business, and practical management through formal and informal training as well as work experience.”

An application pack containing a role profile and guidance pack is available from the Wales YFC Centre and for download from the website at www.yfc-wales.org.uk. If you are interested in applying or would like some more information please contact Sarah Price sarah.price@yfc-wales.org.uk. You can also follow Caryl on twitter @LlyndyIsaf.

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