EBP South’s hugely successful event, Get Inspired Portsmouth, returned to the Portsmouth Guildhall on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 to inspire over 1000 young people for Portsmouth and the surrounding area.

EBP South’s Get Inspired Portsmouth brought businesses together from all industries to provide them with an opportunity to inspire young people into their sector through interactive activities. The activities encouraged young people to engage with businesses through a hands-on approach.

John Thornhill, Chief Product Expert at Wartsila said, “Wartsila, once again, are proud to support Get Inspired Portsmouth. We recognise the value that businesses such as ours can add to these events and are pleased to help raise the aspirations of young people.”

The activities provided by businesses included; Aspire Training Team provided a STEM Learning Code-A-Pillar activity where young people learnt sequencing and coding; Conrad Manning Racing had a boat building activity; and Mayfield Records had a pop-up studio.

The EBP South’s Get Inspired events gave young people an opportunity to learn about the vast range of careers available to them on their doorstep and in the surrounding areas; discover companies they may never had heard of; and the different career pathways into the job roles.

Mike Stoneman, Deputy Director - Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council said, ‘Get Inspired is always an eagerly awaited day in the calendar for schools in Portsmouth, providing their pupils with an opportunity to find out more about local jobs in the area which are available now and in the future, together with the incredible variety of career paths that local employers can offer to young people.’

‘The council recognises how inspirational events like Get Inspired can be, opening the eyes of young people to what is possible and which in turn can inform future decisions about GCSE options, post-16 and higher education destinations and ultimately securing skilled employment with good long-term prospects.’

Research shows that by the age of 15-16 one third of young people’s careers choices lie in just 10 job roles. Get Inspired Portsmouth is an important event that gives young people an opportunity to visit all 62 stands to encourage them to discover potential careers they may not have thought of.

Megan, a student aged 12, that attended at Get Inspired Portsmouth said, ‘Today has changed my mind about what I want to do the future; I am now looking at a career in engineering. I like the fact it’s helpful and creative.

EBP South’s Get Inspired Portsmouth 2019 was sponsored and supported by Wartsila, SUN Network, Portsmouth City Council and Shaping Portsmouth enabling the event to be free to charge to schools and exhibitors.

Business that would like to develop their recruitment pipeline can find out how they can get involved with EBP South by contacting [email protected].

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