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Students take part in national Takeover Challenge

Over 80 A Level, Health Studies, Public Services and Vehicle Maintenance students from City College Norwich stepped into a range of job roles on Friday 18th November as part of the national Takeover Challenge.

Several different groups of students came together to take part in a takeover at Norfolk County Council where students got to see the inner workings of the organisation and debate issues relating to their courses in the council chambers.

Alongside this, 5 vehicle maintenance students spent the day working with staff at Hethersett fire station which saw them taking part in a range of activities including servicing equipment and testing the water hose.

Meanwhile 5 A Level students took over roles from library staff in The Forum where they looked at ways to make the teenage section more appealing by making displays and ordering new books.

Level 3 Health Studies student Mollie Rae, 19, from Dereham, who spent the day working at Norfolk County Council said:
“The group that I was part of focused on the mental health of children and the services available for them and their families and how these services are commissioned by disability commissioners. It’s been a really great day, very insightful and informative and for me it’s confirmed my career choice of being an adult nurse and it’s been absolutely brilliant - I’ve appreciated every moment.”

Sujarta Vyas-Walkerly, Work Placement Co-ordinator, City College Norwich said:
“National Takeover Day gives students the opportunity to gain a rare insight into what goes on in the world of work. It has been great to see students put the theory they have learnt in to practice by meeting councillors, librarians and fire station staff.”

Ben Dunn, Consultation Officer, Norfolk County Council said:
“The national Takeover Challenge is a great opportunity for young people to come in and find out a bit more about what the council does: take over senior roles and get a bit more involved in decision making and let us know what they think about the work that we do here. I think it’s invaluable to find out exactly what young people think is most important as I think it’s a voice that often gets missed actually so it’s great to hear their views loud and clear.”

The Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day is a national event involving 44,000 people across England.  It is a day where organisations all across England invite children and young people into their organisations to "takeover" their roles and be involved in decision making. It promotes Article 12 of the UNCRC, which says all children should have a say in matters that affect them.