Rotherham apprentice invited to Olympic closing ceremony

Nick Clegg with Steven Cox
Nick Clegg with Steven Cox
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HE’S off to the Olympic closing ceremony.

That’s Steven Cox from Rotherham who managed to turn his life around in just over a year.

And as a result he’s been recognised by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, resulting in an invitation to the closing ceremony as an official guest of Her Majesty’s Government.

Steven, who has gone from being on the Not in Employment, Education or Training register to being half way through his apprenticeship with repairs and maintenance provider Morrison, met the Deputy Prime Minister when he recently visited Morrison’s Yorkshire Academy.

During the visit Steven told Mr Clegg how aged 16, he was not interested in college and unable to find a job.

He was spending most of his time at home but thanks to Rotherham Council and advisors from Connexions, he got a place on an Employment Matters course run by Morrison’s Yorkshire Academy.

The course lasted 12 weeks and gave Steven basic training in construction and employability skills, as well as on the job experience.

He was encouraged to apply for Morrison’s apprenticeship programme and selected as one of its 2011 Rotherham apprentices.

Steven said “I’m just pleased that I’ve been able to prove myself.

“To meet the Deputy Prime Minister was brilliant and it is such an honour to be recognised in this way. I’m really looking forward to the closing ceremony of the Olympics.”