Children in charge for National Takeover Day

By on 03/11/2010 in News

Children and young people across the city have joined Birmingham City Council's chief executive Stephen Hughes to launch a programme of events for this year's National Takeover Day.

Those taking part in the programme spend the day working in a number of varied organisations, gaining real-life skills and the opportunity to have a real impact on planning, design, delivery and evaluation of services.

This year's event, which is taking place on Friday 12th November 2010, has been organised by the council's Participation and Engagement Unit (PEU), who coordinate the Voice is Power Parliament, which includes the Children in Care Council, Junior VIP and the Young Disabled Champions. 

One of the organisations involved this year is the recently refurbished Midlands Art Centre (MAC) in Cannon Hill Park. Twenty two children, from the Children's Rights Service for children in care and Braidwood School, Birmingham, will spend the day working in the MAC's sales, marketing, catering, arts and drama departments to understand the work that goes into running this fantastic centre.

Other projects that will be offering youngsters valuable work experience include one at Kerrang Radio, where participants will be meeting DJs, selecting play lists, recording a music session and taking part in on-air interviews. 

Junior VIP members will interview Councillor Les Lawrence at the Council House and other youngsters will be working at Lloyd House with the Police Authority.

Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, said: “Children and young people are the future of this great city. The sooner that they understand how businesses work and decisions are made the better it is for everyone.

“It is important that youngsters get first hand experience of working in organisations and services.”

Kerry, 16, a Young Disabled Champion, said: “It gives children and young people the chance to look at careers for later in life.”

Alisha, 15, part of the Children in Care Council, said: “It is important to give young people a chance to see what people do in organisations and how this affects our lives.”

National Takeover Day was first launched in 2007 by the Children's Commissioner for England and has grown rapidly ever since, with an estimated 1,000 children taking part in this year's event.

For more information contact Laura O’Meara on 0121 303 2555

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A picture gallery from the launch is available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamnewsroom/sets/72157625303114776/

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