Students step into adults' shoes for the day including three Government ministers

Three Hartlepool teenagers will step into the shoes of Government ministers today as part of a nationwide initiative.

Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:22 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:23 pm
Takeover Day 2016 Mayor Rob Cook with Callum Reed (right) and Daniel Measor

Town students Callum Reed and Daniel Measor, both 15, of Manor Academy and Chloe Vickers, 17, of Hartlepool College of Further Education, will spend the day in London as they take part in the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge.

The annual event sees organisations across England opening their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles.

Takeover Day 2016 Mayor Rob Cook with Chloe Vickers

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Callum will spend the day with Ben Gummer MP who is Minister for Cabinet Office and the Paymaster General.

Daniel Measor will work alongside Chris Skidmore, the Minister for the Constitution in the Cabinet Office while Chloe Vickers, who hopes to become a prison officer, will work with Glynne Jones, the Director of the Wales Office.

Daniel said: “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.”

Takeover Day 2016 Mayor Rob Cook with Chloe Vickers

Hartlepool Ceremonial Mayor, Councillor Rob Cook said: “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.”

Many other Hartlepool youngsters will work with local organisations including the council, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Jacksons Landing architects GT3.