Talking About The Takeover Challenge

23 November 2018

Written by: Lambeth Council

Children and young people - Focus on Brixton

The Takeover Challenge gets Year 10 students shadowing real life decision-making jobs. Pupils joined mentors at Lambeth Council to shadow roles as head of departments in the education, housing and social care teams.

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Talking About The Takeover Challenge

Year 10 pupils from Lambeth schools today joined Lambeth council for the Takeover Challenge which puts young people into real life decision-making jobs.

Job shadowing

The students were able to shadow different council staff and councillors, including the Head of Communications to learn about how the council engages with residents.

Behind the scenes

The day began with a motivational welcome from Cllr Chris Wellbelove, Mayor of Lambeth. The students learnt about the role of the council, before going on to experience and gain a ‘behind the scenes’ perspective. After the takeover introduction pupils joined their mentors to shadow their roles as head of departments. Some joined Cabinet councillors, others joined the education, housing and social care teams.

Co-leader for a day

One student had the privilege of being Co-Leader of the whole council when he joined Cllr Lib Peck for the day.

Brilliant insight

There were two Co-Heads of Communications as part of this year’s Takeover Challenge at Lambeth – Olivia Boyle, 14 (right), and 15-year-old Emmanuella Kwayie (left). Olivia said “It was a brilliant opportunity to have an insight into how the council communicates with Lambeth’s residents.” Emmanuella said: “I am interested in becoming a council press officer so it was a good opportunity to find out more, and see what the council is doing.”

Debating society

The day saw 35 pupils take part in the challenge which is organised nationally by the Children’s Commissioner. The afternoon featured a debate involving all the pupils about how we best keep young people safe in Lambeth.

Word from the Leader

Cllr Peck said: “I was really pleased to take part in the Challenge, and I was impressed by the enthusiasm and initiative shown by the pupils who joined us. If these bright young people are representative of their generation our future of Lambeth is in very safe hands.”