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01 March 2013

Paralympian Helen Arbuthnot, cox to the Irish rowing team, spoke to more than 100 jobseekers on the Work Programme yesterday (Thursday 28th February 2013) about overcoming adversity, taking control of your destiny and achieving your goals in an event organised by Prospects, the education, employment and training company, which took place at the RNLI college in Dorset.

Helen became involved with rowing in 2004 and in less than eight years has risen to become cox of the Irish Mixed Coxed Four boat. Helen spoke to the customers on the work programme about how her drive has helped her overcome adversity and handle rejection to become the cox of the first Irish boat to compete at the Paralympic games in London 2012, where they finished 4th in the B final.

The Work Programme is a Government flagship scheme delivered in the South West by Prospects on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. Participants in the work programme receive tailored support to help them overcome barriers that prevent them from finding and staying in work.

Helen Arbuthnot, said:
“I’m delighted to be able to share my experience to help people struggling with unemployment to stay motivated and create a better life for themselves. Rowing, especially at competitive level, is all about focus and dedication but lessons from it can be applied to all walks of life which is what I hope to pass on to others. I know how quickly you can lose your motivation and confidence when unemployed but I hope my story will encourage people to keep at it.”

Nicki MacFarlane of Prospects, said:
“Not everyone can say they’ve met a Paralympian so we’re thrilled Helen could join us. We hope hearing Helen will inspire customers and give them a new perspective on the issues they’re facing. When you’re unemployed your world can become a lot smaller but events like this give customers an opportunity to meet new people and increase their confidence. We also asked local employers and training companies to come along to meet customers and we hope this will result in success for customers soon.”

About Prospects

Prospects is a leading education, employment and training company, working nationally and internationally. We estimate we help more than one million people each year, through an extensive range of high quality services.

We are one of the first and largest new employee owned mutual companies, with shares owned by managers and staff.

Our services include;

  • Careers services for adults and young people –including the National Careers Service in three regions
  • Advice and guidance for offenders in custody, in Greater London and Yorkshire and Humber
  • The Work Programme, the government's major initiative to help long term unemployed people back to work, in the South West, London and Bristol
  • Ofsted Early Years Inspection Services in the Midlands and North of England
  • Youth Contract targeted support for young people aged 16-17 in the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber
  • An extensive range of education consultancy and school improvement services
  • Academy sponsorship through Prospects Academies Trust, an independent charity supporting the development of Academies and Free Schools.

We are also widely recognised for expertise in events management, recruitment, community regeneration and educational resources. Gabbitas, one of the most trusted names in independent education, is part of the Prospects Group.

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