Monday, January 19, 2009

News: New opportunities in Rotherham


During a visit last week, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Minister Rosie Winterton praised Rawmarsh Children's Centre, near Rotherham, for its work in improving the lives and opportunities facing children and young people in the community. As well as providing health, childcare and nursery services for children and their families, the centre has built up links to help people to make better decisions about their future employment and training. She visited the centre with successful Rotherham-based businesswoman Julie Kenny of Pyronix Ltd. Julie is recognised regionally and nationally for her commitment to helping young entrepreneurs achieve their potential. Rosie said: "Role models, such as Julie in Rotherham, have a huge amount to offer to young people and I can only say that while their work within communities, business, training and on a one-to-one level can often go unsung, their ability to inspire is fantastic and the imprint on the lives of young people can last forever." Julie said: "I was raised on a council estate in Sheffield and at the age of 16 I was told I would be expected to earn a living for the family. A supportive school teacher helped me to achieve my ambition of becoming a secretary - my first success. A supportive employer in a subsequent place of work offered training - in effect an apprenticeship. I was lucky in that I was given a helping hand to achieve my ambitions, but I also worked hard. I ultimately became a lawyer and then an entrepreneur. "From a background where there was very little expectation or promise I achieved success and with the New Opportunities White Paper, the Government is providing a helping hand to today's young people to enable them to achieve success and to attain their ambitions."


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