News EBP Response to Increase Demand Careers Services EBP South has expanded its services across Hampshire due to the increased demand from schools. The charity is now offering schools full career packages which meet the Gatsby Benchmarks. These packages include; careers guidance, fully managed work experience, extended work experience, employer led interactions, career inspiration events, LEAP and mentoring. EBP South has seen an increase in demand since the introduction of the Gatsby Benchmarks became part of the Government’s Careers Strategy in 2017. The benchmarks define world-class career guidance and were developed on behalf of Gatsby Foundation by Sir John Holman. Evidence has demonstrated that the Gatsby Benchmarks have enables schools to develop improved careers services for young people. Cath Longhurst CEO of Basingstoke Consortium and EBP South said, “We have seen an increase in demand for careers provision from schools as well as businesses that want to connect with schools from an early age.” “For young people meaningful connections to the world of work increase their attainment, are less likely to become NEET and are more likely to earn on average 18% more.” “Businesses recognise that to ensure they have a future pipeline of talent it’s important that they are being proactive by engaging with young people from an early age.” EBP South has also been able to expand the number of large Career Inspiration Events to schools thanks to the support and sponsorship of Hampshire businesses. The interactive events give young people the opportunity to try activities related to careers in the organisation/industry. In the next academic year EBP South will be running 5 large Career Inspiration Events that are free for schools to attend and that help them to meet several of the benchmarks. If you are a school and want to find out more about EBP South’s offer to school visit www.ebpsouth.co.uk or contact Cath Longhurst, 02392 283400.