Over 58 businesses in Test Valley gave up their time to work with EBP South (Inc. Basingstoke Consortium) to encourage over 350 secondary school students to consider the different careers available to them in their local area at the virtual Get Inspired Test Valley event.

The Get Inspired events run by EBP South provide young people with an interactive way to explore the businesses on their doorstep and the different careers available to them. 

Rachel Parker, Project Manager of EBP South said, “There are many different local employers and job roles that students have never heard of and Get Inspired helps to identify these future career opportunities. The business-led activities highlight the skills employers are looking for and encourage students to aspire to the different job roles they can do within their local area.” 

“Importantly, businesses attending these events are engaging with their future employees from an early age and are able to attract and develop local talent to ensure their industry doesn’t experience skills gaps later on.” 

The event is considered an important part of businesses’ recruitment pipeline as research has shown that one-third of 15–16-year-olds career aspirations are in just ten jobs. This event gives businesses the opportunity to showcase job roles to students in a practical way. 

David Drew, Councillor at Test Valley Council said “Helping young people to think about their future careers is so important and I am very grateful to EBP South (Education Business Partnership) and for all of the schools and employers who have made Get Inspired, our first online careers event, such a success. Naturally, I am especially pleased that four Test Valley schools and 13 Test Valley businesses, including my own borough council, took part." 

The world of work is changing fast, and I am keen that Test Valley Borough Council will continue to support this vital connection between our places of learning and our local employers. Onwards and upwards for an exciting event at The Army Flying Museum next time!” 

The Get Inspired Test Valley Live event sponsored by Test Valley Borough Council and Simplyhealth took place on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was streamed live into five schools which all took part in one business-led activity followed by a Q&A session with professionals. In total over 20 businesses and 29 professionals supported the live event. 

Andy O’Neill, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Simplyhealth, comments: “The Get Inspired Test Valley Live event is an important step in the careers advice journey for students and one we were really pleased to sponsor. It’s a great opportunity for students to hear directly from employers on a variety of job roles and the skills needed to be successful. With a huge shift into the digital world, there are now career paths that didn’t exist even five years ago, so being able to raise awareness and spark interest in students will enable them to explore more possibilities.” 

Get Inspired is now continuing online with a Virtual Inspirational Careers Fair which has over 59 businesses virtually exhibiting. Students browse the local companies, types of jobs available and hear from employees about their career journeys into their industry.


Take a look at the infographic with all the statistics from the day.

Test Valley Infographic