12 students from years 9 and 10 braved the wintry weather to attend the latest Invest in St Helens Ambassador event at the Totally Wicked Stadium recently.
St Helens Ambassadors is a scheme that brings together the knowledge, networks, passion and determination of businesses, organisations and individuals as a powerful force. It helps St Helens to compete – attracting investment, business and visitors to create a more successful economy for the benefit of everyone.
During the afternoon there was a careers fair in which the ambassadors participated, holding stalls and talking to our young people about their business, providing information about their sectors and an insight into potential routes to employment.
The morning session comprised workshops and speakers including Eamonn McManus (Chairman of St Helens RFC), Steve Roberts (CEO of Communications Plus), Linzi Prescott (Trustee of the Steve Prescott Foundation) and Rachel Springford (Consultant social worker at St Helens Council).
The students heard some fantastic advice from some of St Helens' most inspiring people.
"Work hard at school, always take responsibility and keep your integrity," said Steve Roberts. His advice for those who were there, "Things go wrong but it's how we react that makes us great. You can be a victim or you can rise to adversity."
Rachel told her story of growing up as a looked-after child in St Helens. "I'm passionate about raising the aspirations of young people”, she said. “I hope this can inspire you to believe you can achieve whatever you want."
Rachel also read out an inspiring speech delivered a few years ago by the late chief executive of St Helens, Carole Hudson, on her career and being a successful woman in business. "Life is for the taking but it is short, so go for it and enjoy it," Carole said.
Linzi Prescott told the audience "If you try your best and never give up, you really can achieve anything,"
Eamonn McManus concluded by saying "You can do anything you want - it just takes application. There are great opportunities in this town and I wish you all the best."
Matty S from year 10 said "[the event] was the best school trip I’ve ever been on”.
Jo Davies, Senior Assistant Director for Education and Children's Health contacted Mrs Twist following the event to say “your students were great today - chatty, enthusiastic and engaged.”