CARDIFF, November 13 /PRNewswire/ --

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A Newport teenager who beat the bullies to forge a career in childcare is about to pick-up a major award.

Seventeen-year-old Jamie Haviland was persistently picked-on at high school and left with few qualifications. But a hugely successful stint at training charity Rathbone, plus a placement at a local primary school have turned her life around to such a degree that she will crowned a "Wales Achiever of the Year" at the Senedd (Wednesday, November 14th).

Jamie is one of nine young people who have overcome problems to win awards. Joining her on the podium will be Swansea's Chris Gibbins who battled dyslexia and is now looking forward to a career in politics. Meanwhile, Gelli lad Bradley Edwards refused to let sight and hearing difficulties stand in his way.

Open to the 2000 plus young people who have attended Rathbone Centres this year, the Wales Achiever of the Year Awards honour those who have made significant progress through learning. They will be presented by Deputy Minister for Skills, John Griffiths AM.

Neath receptionist Suzie Michael will claim the overall, "Young Achiever of the Year 2007" - having made the journey from troubled teenager to office angel. "Suzie has overcome a series of traumatic problems, including a recent health scare, to become one of the most mature, promising and likeable young people you could ever meet." said Estelle Etheridge, her Rathbone Centre Manager at Neath.

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