20th November 2015

Children staging mass national takeover on Friday 20 November

Cabinet Ministers will be handing over power and Chief Execs will be giving up their hot seats as children fill many of the country’s top jobs during this year’s Takeover Challenge, which begins on Friday 20 November.

Almost 50,000 children will be taking over adults’ jobs in this year’s Challenge, which is led by the Children’s Commissioner for England. The Takeover Challenge sees children and young people’s talents shining as they ‘take over’ top jobs in businesses and organisations across the country.

This year will see children given the chance to broadcast to the nation across the BBC’s output as well as filling the Director General’s chair as Tony Hall is ‘taken over’. And the Mayor of London and other mayors across England will be passing over their chains of office; Civil Servants across Whitehall will be handing over the reins, and NHS directors and Police Commissioners will let young people take control in what will be the biggest Takeover yet.

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England said:

“Takeover Challenge is all about celebrating children’s talents and putting them in the driving seat throughout the nation. This year’s Challenge will be the biggest and best ever, with children and young people taking over at Government departments, football clubs and hospitals, and speaking to the nation on the BBC.

“Takeover gives young people a chance to experience the world of work while also giving the organisations the chance to benefit from the fresh perspective that the children bring. It’s a great experience for all those taking part around the country and this year we’ve expanded the initiative so that organisations can get involved throughout the year.”

Takeover has grown year on year – in 2014 over 44,000 children and 1,200 organisations took part. The growing popularity has enabled more and more young people to get involved.

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