National Takeover Day opens up opportunities for Cumbrian students

This Friday, Inspira and South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) have invited a group of young people from Queen Katherine School, Kendal, and, Queen Elizabeth School, Carnforth, to participate in the National Takeover Day at the SLDC Offices in Kendal.

National Takeover Day breaks down barriers between generations, and encourages the active involvement of young people in their communities and the working world. It is an event particularly suitable for Years 10-13, as it prepares them for leaving education and entering adult life.

Claire Willett, Inspira’s Area Manager for the South, said: “Inspira have delivered this opportunity in partnership with the South Lakeland District Council for three years now. We repeat it because young people always take so much out of the experience in terms of confidence and careers management.”

At this year’s Takeover Day, the young people will take part in various activities, including a Council plan engagement session and a Council plan discussion. They will also be asked how they would spend the Council’s budget, which will be a challenging task for them considering the current economic climate. In addition, they will receive a brief overview of the Council’s structure and area, and have the chance to meet the Directors and Assistant Directors.

“The young people will be able to witness firsthand the workings of a local authority.” Claire Willett continues. “In the past, some of the students have been inspired to consider a career in local government. Hopefully, this year’s participants will acquire similar ambitions.”