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Hartlepool Youngsters Set to Take Over Government Offices

17th Nov 2016

Hartlepool Youngsters Set to Take Over Government Offices

Hartlepool?s Ceremonial Mayor, Councillor Rob Cook with Callum Reed (left) and Daniel Measor at Manor Academy

THREE young people from Hartlepool will be rubbing shoulders with Government ministers this Thursday (17 November) in London as part of a nationwide initiative.

Callum Reed (15) and Daniel Measor (15) of Manor Academy and Chloe Vickers (17) of Hartlepool College of Further Education will spend the whole day working alongside key ministerial post holders as part of the Children?s Commissioner?s Takeover Challenge.

Takeover Challenge is an annual event which sees organisations across England opening their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles.

It puts children and young people in decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views. Children gain an insight into the adult world and organisations benefit from a fresh perspective about their work.

Callum Reed will spend the day with Ben Gummer, Minister for Cabinet Office, Paymaster General; Daniel Measor will work alongside Chris Skidmore, the Minister for the Constitution in the Cabinet Office while Chloe Vickers will work with Glynne Jones, the Director of the Wales Office.

Hartlepool?s Ceremonial Mayor, Councillor Rob Cook wished the youngsters well before they set off for London and commented: ?Having met Callum, Daniel and Chloe I am sure that they will perform admirably working alongside the Government ministers.

?This is a great opportunity for them to experience life for real in very busy and important Government departments and it should be really interesting.

?It?s also testament to the excellent young people we have in Hartlepool that three young people from our town have been invited to spend a day with Government ministers.?

Callum Reed said: ?The visit will give me an insight into the role of a Government Minister which is quite a unique experience. I?m really looking forward to the opportunity to shadow a Government Minister and take on some of their responsibilities for a day.?

Daniel Measor added: ?This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it?s the kind of thing that loads of people dream about doing. It will be great to meet and work with people in key positions and the experience will be really valuable and help me decide whether I want to follow a career path into politics.?

Chloe Vickers who is hoping to pursue a career in public services as a prison officer commented: ?I am really excited to be given this opportunity. I am studying governance at college at the moment so it will be really good to see the ministers at work.?

Callum, Daniel and Chloe are all members of the Hartlepool Youth Council.

Many other Hartlepool children and young people will be taking part locally where they will be linked up to local organisations and service providers including Hartlepool Council, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland and GT3, the architects for the Jacksons Landing site.

The Hartlepool events have been organised by Hartlepool Council?s Participation Team.