EBP South were pleased to return to the Apollo Hotel Basingstoke on the 8th of February for Get Inspired Basingstoke and on the 9th for Get Inspired Basingstoke and Test Valley. Both events were held in partnership with Lenovo and sponsored by Enterprise M3 and CEC (Careers and Enterprise Company) and supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, with Test Valley Borough Council also sponsoring the event on Thursday.

Over the two days over 800 students from across the Basingstoke and Test Valley area travelled to the event to learn about careers in their local area. Mrs Woodley from John Hanson Community School said, “It was a fantastic event with a range of activities to inspire young minds.” Press GIB

39 businesses attended across the two days with interactive exhibits designed to engage and challenge the future workforce. Activities included a Sphero Maze Challenge, an interactive liquid nitrogen show, painting with fluorescence and using VR headsets. The Head of Year 10 at Brighton Hill Community School said that “The students from Brighton Hill Community School had a great day at the Get Inspired event. With such a good range of potential pathways to explore, and so many engaging activities, they all definitely left with a clearer understanding of the options available to them after Brighton Hill!”

Businesses attending the event had the chance to form links with their community and raise the aspirations of young people from their local area. Adam Lupton, HR Director, Lenovo UK and Ireland said, “At Lenovo, our vision is to create smarter technology for all, so it’s vital we inspire the next generation of engineers, designers, and technicians to study STEM subjects and outline the breadth of career opportunities available. At EBP South’s event, we were able to excite students with the latest VR technology and show how we’re improving performance in sports with our technology and talk to them about how engineering and maths skills are used to develop many of our products, including our latest gaming PC.”

“Hampshire has been home to Lenovo for 15+ years, and we’re passionate about our community, so it’s really important for us to connect with students in our local area and share more and encourage students to think about the careers and opportunities which this industry has to offer.”