Youngsters get taste of working at council

The young people taking part received certificates at the council's Quadrant headquarters.
The young people taking part received certificates at the council's Quadrant headquarters.
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Young people were given the chance to take over the reigns at a council.

A total of 52 children and young people from schools across the borough were given a chance to enjoy life at the helm of North Tyneside Council as part of National Takeover Day.

Teaming up with council staff for the day, the youngsters were able to get their feet wet poolside at leisure centres, helped out in North Tyneside Homes, interviewed school headteachers on their energy efficiency measures and more.

There was also the chance to shadow Mayor Norma Redfearn for the day and put views directly to council deputy chief executive Paul Hanson.

Mrs Redfearn said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to have a say on and learn about services which affect them, as well as finding out about all the other work the council does.

“I am delighted to be part of the National Takeover Day. I hope they found it an informative and enjoyable experience.”

A group of seven students worked with the council’s employment and skills team to come up with a careers education programme for schools that would involve employers.

Their day began generating lots of creative ideas, presenting their proposals to two Cobalt-based businesses in the hope they will get involved with schools to deliver careers education.

Abbey, 13 and from Whitley Bay High School, said: “It’s been great to brainstorm all our ideas.

“I was really looking forward to visiting the businesses to see what they thought.”

It is the fourth time the council has got involved in National Takeover Day.