Each year Business Link Magazine invites a select panel of the region’s business leaders to offer up their predictions for the year ahead. It has become something of a tradition, given that we’ve been doing this now for over 30 years. And, while none of us possess a crystal ball, it is uncanny how accurate some of these forecasts have been over the years.
Here, we catch up with Elaine Lilley, Chief Executive, EBP to get her predictions on the year ahead.
In December 2017, the Department for Education announced its long anticipated careers strategy. Its call to action stated that, “To deliver real change, we need the education, business and careers communities to come together and work in partnership with Government.” As a social enterprise working with thousands of young people every year, our focus for 2018 will be to provide even more quality interactions between schools and businesses to support the next generation in being prepared for the working world.
Post-Brexit there is a need to ensure that our young people have the right skills to support the industrial jobs of the future and it’s vital that they are given the opportunity to learn about future careers in STEM and other sectors. This will continue to be an important direction for us and will pave the way to the new T levels, due to be introduced in 2020, which will replace the existing 13,000 vocational qualifications.
It’s also impossible to ignore the spotlight on young people’s mental health and employability. We expect this to remain high on the national agenda and we will do even more to prepare these young people for the challenges they will face in life and work.
2018 promises to be an another year of growth for The EBP, we have an ambitious five-year plan and I am excited as we continue to evolve our work and grow our staffing across our Lincoln, Melton Mowbray and Northampton offices. This year we will extend The EBP brand geographically so we can help even more young people across the country fulfil their potential.