Inspire future employees and work with Maggie Philbin, ‘Bang Goes the Theory’ and ‘Tomorrow’s World’ presenter.
Businesses that make, develop or use technology are being invited to attend TeenTech™ Hampshire.
Businesses and organisations are being given the unique opportunity to showcase technology from their company by creating a 15-minute activity in the Insight Zone or a 30-minute activity in the Challenge Zone for attendees to be able to experience their technology and how it works. The event is free of charge for businesses and organisations to exhibit.
The one-day event founded by Maggie Philbin that aims to inspire tomorrows innovators. It is organised by Basingstoke Consortium and EBP South who are running two TeenTech™ events across Hampshire this year.
TeenTech helps young people understand the opportunities in the science, technology and engineering industries, no matter what their gender or social background.
Young people from years 8 and 9 ages 12, 13 and 14 from a range of schools across Hampshire will be attending. This is a crucial age to inspire the next generation and future employees before they select their options and start making choice about their future career pathways.
Businesses looking to invest in their future workforce are being encouraged to attend as it is a proactive opportunity for them to start developing their future pipeline.
TeenTech™ Hampshire takes place on Thursday 20th June 2019 at Hampshire Court Hotel with schools from Salisbury, Winchester, Andover, Basingstoke, Test Valley and surrounding areas invited.
For more information visit https://www.ebpsouth.co.uk/Event/teentech-hampshire-2019-exhibit
Basingstoke Consortium and EBP South have begun a campaign, ‘Work Experience Myths’, to encourage more businesses to offer work experience.
They manage work experience placements for over 4000 young people across Hampshire and surrounding areas.
Ian Saynor, Contracts Manager at Basingstoke Consortium EBP South said ‘Our biggest challenge is businesses making incorrect assumptions that they are unable to offer work experience when in fact they can. The aim of the campaign is to make businesses aware that offering work experience is easy and a benefit for their business.’
The Myths Include:
With the increased number of work experience placements required, businesses across all sectors are being encouraged to offer work experience through Basingstoke Consortium and EBP South.
They provide a one-point of contact for businesses to offer work experience to multiple schools. Businesses can register online with the placement(s) and their availability.
In addition, Basingstoke Consortium and EBP South manage extended work experience placements for students on an alternative curriculum. Extended work experience placements are often a stepping stone for students to progress onto apprenticeships or college.
Find out more at https://www.basingstokeconsortium.co.uk/businesses.html
Image of Cath Longhurst taken by The News.
Cath Longhurst CEO of Basingstoke Consortium and EBP South won the Lifetime Achievement Award at The News Business Excellence Awards on Friday 1st February; for her incredible work in inspiring and preparing young people for the world of work over the last 18 years and continuing to do so.
She is a leader in connecting business and education across Hampshire for the benefit of young people, providing a range of career services and opportunities for young people to experience the work place or connect to professionals in industry to give them opportunities they may not otherwise have experience.
Cath is an outstanding leader that has shown resilience and created a charity that now works across Hampshire the Isle of Wight and surrounding areas. It brings together organisations, businesses and schools for the benefit of young people.
The award was a complete surprise for Cath Longhurst who was shocked and delighted to be announced as the winner of The News Business Excellence Awards. Cath said to The News ‘First and foremost my success is down to team-work. I have an amazing team of people behind me. Secondly it is down to our amazing business partners. I work with thousands of businesses and schools and it wouldn’t be possible without their support.’
Cath has taken EBP South through the vast changes to the income streams and government careers support by building a resilient sustainable charity that has been able to continue providing a range of services to meet the need of young people.
EBP South and Basingstoke Consortium works with 100’s of schools, colleges and educational organisations; 1000’s of businesses, organisations and business leaders and; councils and partners. Providing support to help businesses reduce the skills gap and helping them to play a proactive role in supporting the next generation.
Jacquie Jones, EBP South Project Manager, said “I’ve worked alongside Cath for 18 years she is an outstanding leader that has shown resilience and sustainability that brings together organisations, businesses and schools for the benefit of young people which is at the heart of everything she does.”
Basingstoke Consortium’s Get Inspired Basingstoke inspired 100’s of young people from across the town and surrounding areas on 28th January 2019 at the Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke.
The free event brought together businesses and organisations in Basingstoke and the local area to give school pupils aged 10 – 16 year-olds an opportunity to learn about in their industry.
A total of 27 businesses came together to inspired 300 young people from 11 schools with interactive activities to help engage them in gaining an understanding of the vast range of careers available in the local area.
The interactive activities included AWE educating young people to use tablets to program robot spheres. Students were able to learn from this basic programming and technology developments within the engineering industry; and the SUN Network had a selfie stand where students were able to stand in-front of the green screen and have a selfie taken during which gave them an opportunity to have fun and learn about Level 4 study.
Madeleine aged 12 said, ‘Before this event I didn’t know what I wanted to do but this event has shown me great options for careers and it has shown me just how many things I could be. All the activities were fun and helped us learn about the sort of skills you need for certain jobs.’
Basingstoke Consortium’s SkillsTree Awards also took place during that day with a VIP guestlist including the Lord Mayor. It recognised the businesses, educational organisations that have gone above and beyond in connecting young people to the world of work; as well as the young people who have excelled in the opportunities in being connected to businesses through work experience or other activities.
Basingstoke Consortium’s Get Inspired Basingstoke event is a free event for schools to attend and businesses to exhibit. The event was sponsored and supported by SUN Network and Basingstoke and Dean Council.
Basingstoke Consortium is a charity that connects businesses and education through a range of programs and services. The next big event businesses is TeenTech on Thursday 20th June find out more at https://www.basingstokeconsortium.co.uk/events.html.
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AWE is leading the way in connecting with schools through educational charities like the Education Business Partnerships (EBP) and Basingstoke Consortium,to create a greater impact in helping improve students’ skills.
AWE supports pupils from a young age, as evidence has shown that early interventions are a cost-effective way, to raise young people’s aspirations and help develop a future pipeline.
In Basingstoke, AWE works with Basingstoke Consortium who are leaders in their field to ensure that we are providing the right encounters at the right time to young people.
Basingstoke Consortium provides us with opportunities to proactively connect young people to the world of work through business by educating, inspiring and preparing them for the future.
CEO of Basingstoke Consortium and EBP South, Cath Longhurst, says, “It is important that young people are inspired by businesses like AWE into different careers to allow them to make informed decisions about options, career paths to ensure they are choosing the right subjects and gaining the skills needed by industry.
“We need to make the variety of occupations more visible so that young people know about them and can aspire to them.”
“Opportunities provided by Basingstoke Consortium include attending large interactive events like TeenTech – an annual event in which AWE takes part – which aim to educate young people about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths). It is important that AWE attend these events as by the age of 15-16 one third of their career interests lie in just 10 occupations.”
“We value our long-standing partnership with the Basingstoke Consortium not only through TeenTech, but other outreach events as we share the same vital goal – which is to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers,” says Paul Sagoo, A4e Corporate communications.
Basingstoke Consortium is proud to have been awarded a strategic grant from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The grant of £40,000 in Year 1, with a view to further funding over the following 4 years, is designed to help the Consortium support the Council’s strategic aim to ensure a work-ready workforce by linking employers with education providers.
Creating links between business and education is at the core of Basingstoke Consortium’s mission to inspire and prepare young people for the world of work. The grant will support the Consortium’s work in creating opportunities for young people to learn more about the key growth business sectors in Basingstoke, to help inform their future career choices and give them a real understanding of how their learning at school relates to the world of work.
Cath Longhurst, Basingstoke Consortium CEO, said, “It is great that the Council is investing in the future generation of employees. Our strong links with schools and businesses mean that this grant will enable us to maintain and grow the level of interaction between the local economy and education.”
The grant was awarded by the Council following proposals outlining how Basingstoke Consortium, working together with employers, education providers and young people, would support key Council priorities for the borough.
The Council’s Cabinet member for Communities and Community Safety Cllr Simon Bound said: “These consortium projects will support young people’s transition from primary to secondary education and onto post 16 education.
Our funding will enable the development of programmes to build young people’s ‘employability’ as they progress through education and, working with local businesses and other key partners, offer new opportunities for young people to develop their entrepreneurial and digital skills.
This will help them achieve their full potential and encourage them to develop skills needed by local employers in key growth areas for the borough’s economy.”
Basingstoke Consortium works closely with all the schools and colleges in the Basingstoke area and works in close partnership with Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and with a number of key businesses through its ‘Skillstree Programme’.
Work Experience has been about for many years and often something that we remember from our childhood.
Work Experience provides young people with the opportunity to experience what it is like to be in a work place, learning about an industry, and gaining an insight into potential future careers.
It helps schools to reach several of The Gatsby Career Benchmarks that set a world-class standard for schools and colleges. There is considerable evidence and research that the Gatsby Benchmarks have a positive impact on young people’s future careers.
Most work experience placements take place when young people are in their final years of school and they go out for 1 or 2 weeks; with different schools going out on placements at different times of the year from September to July.
One of the organisers of work experience across the South Coast is Basingstoke Consortium with works jointly with EBP South, both charities that connects businesses with schools.
The Work Experience Team is a one-point of contact for businesses across Hampshire to provide work experience to multiple schools as well as providing advice to businesses of all sizes on how they can provide work experience.
The Work Experience Team manage the work placement process so all businesses have to do is let EBP South know the role(s) and their availability to take students on and they will do the rest.
Ian Saynor, Contracts Manger said ‘Work Experience isn’t just a great opportunity for young people but also the businesses. Many businesses learn a lot from the students and they are a great help to the business.’
The Work Experience Team also manages extended work experience placements. These have increased considerably over the past few years with both businesses and schools recognising the benefits.
Extended work experience roles can lead into apprenticeships for young people. They take place for a minimum of 6 weeks for 1 to 2 days per week.
Many organisations across all industries of all sizes from small local businesses to large corporate companies offer work experience.
Contact The Work Experience Team to find out how you can provide work experience on 02392 283400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday 26th January EBP South expanded to join forces with Basingstoke Consortium and now operates within all of Hampshire, Isle of Wight and surrounding areas. The expansion comes as EBP South celebrate their 20th year.
Dawn Baxendale, EBP South Chair of the Board said 'I am pleased to announce that EBP South has joined forces with Basingstoke Consortium. Both organisations will be overseen and managed by CEO, Cath Longhurst and one board of trustees.
EBP South began as the Education Business Partnership for Portsmouth & South-East Hampshire in 1997, since then their mission which is still at the core of the organisation is, ‘To inspire and prepare young people for the world of work’.
In 2015 EBP South extended their services to schools in Southampton and New Forest following the collapse of Solent Education Business Partnership and became EBP South.
The company has gone from strength to strength since 1997. They started off in Portsmouth City Council with 7 members of staff and now have 43 staff with their Head Offices in Lakeside North Harbour.
In 2016/17 EBP South alone worked with 17,061 young people. Now they have joined with Basingstoke Consortium their reach and impact across Hampshire will dramatically increase.
Cath Longhurst EBP South and Basingstoke Consortium CEO said ‘This is great news for us as we celebrate 20 years and for the young people (aged 4 – 18) and businesses across Hampshire.
EBP South provides a range of career services, programmes and events for young people that have become increasingly essential for young people to develop employability skills; and raise their aspirations.
If you or your business would like to find out how they can support young people’s future pipeline contact email@example.com.
EBP South and Basingstoke Consortium are in the process of a potential a merger pending final due diligence. If the merger goes ahead this should be complete by Christmas.
Cath Longhurst, CEO of EBP South said:-
‘This merger will bring two already closely associated charities together, enabling us to be more cost-effective and bringing together the expertise and strengths from both. With current economic changes, it is more important than ever that young people at school have opportunities to experience the world of work and to find out about the ever changing career opportunities. We are looking forward to working closely with Basingstoke schools and businesses and other important partners and hope to reassure them all that it is business as usual.’
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