West Norfolk businesses urged to let youngsters Takeover for a day

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Businesses in West Norfolk are being urged to let youngsters take charge for a day as part of a county council-led education programme this autumn.

More than 100 schoolchildren took part in the Takeover Day initiative last year and officials hope even more will get the chance during the 2015 event, which takes place on Friday, November 21.

The event is intended to give young people experience of employment.

And James Joyce, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s children’s services committee, said: “It is a brilliant opportunity for Norfolk’s young people to experience the world of work, learn valuable skills and give employers a fresh perspective on their business.

“As one of those who had my role taken over, I am keen to highlight the benefits for all of those involved and I would love to see more businesses take part this year, extending the range of careers and skills that Norfolk’s young people can experience.”

Most participants in 2014 spent the day working with county council officials, including public health officers, flood relief officers and even the council’s managing director and the county’s chief fire officer.

Other organisations that participated included the office of Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner, Stephen Bett, the constituency office of North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, and companies including Norse and Lambda films.

Officials say the day can be tailored to suit firms in any sector and hope more will sign up to take part this year.

Any businesses that are interested in taking part are asked to contact Chris Williams, the county council’s senior consultation and involvement officer, by emailing chris.williams2@norfolk.gov.uk or phoning 01603 495107.