Over 100 businesses in Portsmouth, Basingstoke and Test Valley have been working with EBP South to encourage 1000’s secondary school students to consider the different careers available to them in their local area at the virtual Get Inspired Portsmouth event.

Jacquie Jones, Project Manager at EBP South said, "Get Inspired provides young people with an interactive way to explore the businesses on their doorstep and the different careers available to them.

Get Inspired is seen one of the earlier steps in their career journey. It's important they find out the different careers available to them, as young people can’t be what they don’t know. For schools it's an essential resource to support their students and meet the Gatsby Benchmarks.”

The event had two parts an interactive 1-hour live session which were streamed into schools across session where young people could ask about the panels about their job role, industry and career pathway.

Mike Stoneman - Deputy Director of Education for Portsmouth City Council said, “The Get Inspired event gave young people in year 7 to 9 the opportunity to find out about a range of future exciting careers and opportunities.

It is so important for young people to get a good start to their career planning and give them the chance to think about what could be possible which in turn can inform their thinking about GCSE options and other opportunities.”

The Virtual Inspirational Careers Fair had 70+ businesses exhibiting with over 13,500 pages viewed by students. It gave students an opportunity to gain an insight into the businesses. The business profiles contained an overview and key facts enabling students to see the type of jobs, the size of the business and the opportunities. Students were also able to view videos that showed an overview of the company as well as hear from employees themselves about their own career journeys.

Get Inspired Portsmouth Goes Virtual 2021 was sponsored by Portsmouth City Council, Solent LEP, Solent Careers Hub, BAE Systems and Kier. Get Inspired Basingstoke Goes Virtual 2021 was sponsored by Basingstoke and Deane Council. Get Inspired Test Valley Goes Virtual 2021 was sponsored by Test Valley Borough Council and Simplyhealth.

EBP South are planning for the Get Inspired events to take place in-person in 2022. To find out how you can get involved please contact the events team.

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