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Inspiring our future workforce

National Grid IFA2 recently supported ‘Get Inspired Portsmouth’, organised by the Education Business Partnership (EBP South). Over 1000 young people attended the Portsmouth Guildhall at the end of January to learn about the range of careers available to them on their doorstep. They were able to meet businesses from all industries who were there to inspire young people into their sectors through interactive activities.

Craig Hunter from IFA2 said: “Promoting careers in STEM is really important for our organisation as we look to address the skills gap. Encouraging and inspiring pupils to become the ‘next generation of engineers’ is the only way that we will be able to achieve a greener grid. The opportunity to engage with 1000+ school children and get them thinking about how the skills they are learning in school today could lead them to a career in STEM is critical to the success of transitioning the UK’s energy supply to zero carbon sources.”

National Grid IFA2 supported the EBP South’s Get Inspired events in both Portsmouth and Southampton this year to help give young people an opportunity to learn about the vast range of careers available to them on their doorstep and in the surrounding areas; and discover companies they may never had heard of.

“There’s a strong tradition of employment here in Portsmouth and it’s well known the biggest influence on career choices is family. However, it’s vital that young people are aware of all the career opportunities out there,” said Cath Longhurst, CEO of EBP South.

To find out more about EBP South’s Get Inspired events visit