EBP South returned to the Apollo Hotel for the Get Inspired Basingstoke in early February.

More than 700 students travelled from across Hampshire to attend the event which aims to inspire young people about different career paths and industries.

Twenty-four businesses attended the event, connecting with schools and raising aspirations for the generation of tomorrow.

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HR director for Lenovo UK and Ireland, Giles Benoist, said: "It’s an exciting time in STEM education, with so much attention on technologies like AI, events like 'Get Inspired Basingstoke', help excite young people about STEM and the opportunities open to them after leaving school.

"At Lenovo, we’re focused on nurturing talent and inspiring the next generation of designers and engineers to help us bring new technology to market.”

Basingstoke Gazette: More than 700 students attended the event More than 700 students attended the event (Image: EBP South)

The event, sponsored by Enterprise M3 and CEC, Southern Co-operative and Test Valley Borough Council and supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, featured businesses providing exciting interactive exhibits which allowed young people to see the dynamics of working in different industries.

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Interactive activities included The Glovebox Challenge & VR Headset, Hardware Identification & Marketing Tools and Haptic Drum Kit & Sphero Ball.

Senior manager of environmental, social and governance corporate affairs at AWE, Chris Daniels, said: “Events like these are so important for inspiring a passion for STEM and helping young people to think about career options. We’re really glad to be a part of this. Seeing their reactions is so rewarding.”

Of the students who attended the event 97 per cent said they had learnt about job types or careers that they did not know about before the event. 

Paige Day, lead practitioner for personal development at Cranbourne School said there was an “excellent range of providers and engaging activities," adding: "Our students loved it".