IT’s a tough task - but someone has to do it!
Twelve-year-old Owen Birkett has landed the summer job of his dreams - testing new toys for the Meadowhall Centre.
Owen, from Kimberworth in Rotherham, has seen off the competition from hundreds of other youngsters to be appointed the mall’s official Toy Quality Control Analyst.
His duties will see him playing with six brand new toys - one for each week of the summer holidays - then reporting back on his findings via a weekly online blog and in reports for Meadowhall Kids’ TV on the YouTube channel.
Parents and children across the country will be able to log on and read about Owen’s findings and recommendations.
And the salary for this ultimate dream assignment? A selection of toys from the centre.
Owen said: “When I heard about the job I was really excited. I love playing with toys and I save up my pocket money to buy them so I asked my mum if she would apply for the job for me.
“I was nervous when I had to go for my interview but it was really fun and I got to play with some toys and tell the people at Meadowhall what I thought about them.
“I couldn’t believe it when they called out my name and said I had the job! I’m really looking forward to making some videos about the toys so that all my friends can see what I think of them.”
Meadowhall centre director Darren Pearce said: “It was tough to shortlist all the applicants as we had so many fantastic entries, but Owen’s application really stood out because of his enthusiasm for exploring how toys work.
“He shone in his interview thanks to his inquisitive nature and articulate responses about the toys he likes. We created the job to find out from children about which toys they like best and why.”