News EBP South moves forward with digital plans following the success of a Grant. EBP South (Inc. Basingstoke Consortium) recently received The Santander Covid 19 Small Business Grant, provided by Santander Universities and managed by the University of Portsmouth’s Business School, which has enabled them to positively respond to the issues they faced from Covid 19. EBP South inspires and prepares young people for the world of work by connecting education and business through a range of services and programmes. In September the Career Practitioners were able to return to schools delivering career guidance to young people. However, the in-school events with business volunteers and large-scale inspiration events have been unable to return due to the effects and risk of Covid 19. The grant has given EBP South (Inc. Basingstoke Consortium) the much-needed funds to enable them to invest in digital platforms to create new virtual activities to connect young people to businesses. Cath Longhurst, EBP South said ‘We’re excited for the new opportunities The Santander Covid 19 Small Business Grant has given us. It allows us to adapt our essential services. This will enable us to ensure young people gain the valuable experiences of meeting businesses, developing work-place skills, understanding the different careers and pathways available to them.’ EBP South are now trialling the new digital employability skills programmes in schools across Hampshire which is expected to fully launch in January 2021. The Employer Engagement Project is now ready to be launched in schools across Hampshire digitally from November 2020. This is a unique project that connects a particular aspect of the curriculum and shows how it is used in the workplace. For example, how algebra is used in genetic science. The final step of the digital transformation for the team at EBP South is ‘Get Inspired goes Virtual’. With a new style and format, it will enable the charity and local businesses to reach and inspire more young people than before. ‘Get Inspired goes Virtual’ will be the first large interactive event to go digital in 2021 with a Primary STEM Fair and Careers in STEM to follow. Cath Longhurst, EBP South (Inc. Basingstoke Consortium) CEO said, ‘Thank you to the University of Portsmouth for The Santander Covid 19 Small Business Grant. This is really helping us to make the changes needed to continue to deliver our programme of events.’ To find out more about how your business can work with EBP South to inspire young people and develop a pipeline of talent visit www.ebpsouth.co.uk.