This year has seen many new challenges and opportunities for businesses across the UK. We have seen the implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law in May, requiring businesses to look at the way we process and retain data. Schools and young people have also continued to embrace change this year as the reformed 1-9 grading system for GCSE’s saw a further 20 subjects adopt this change in 2018.
With change seeming to be a reoccurring theme for this year, The EBP has not shied away from seeing and embracing changes, with the team having its share and continuing to incorporate change.
We’re also starting to see change in our workforce, Gen Z, now turning 23, are a fresh set of employees and entrepreneurs who come with the desire to positively change the way we work. UK Youth released their ‘A Place to Belong’ report into loneliness, which found that young people aged 16-24 are the most likely age group to feel this way. As the prime age of Gen Z, these young people have a lot to give so it’s important we address this issue. Growing up with technology has greatly contributed to their skills, they have a high sense of commitment and a want for stability and self-development.
The government has recently launched its first loneliness strategy which includes a commitment that they will provide and fund the involvement of young people’s resources, increase core-funding and a youth offer. At The EBP, one of our priorities is to look at tackling this. Young people are often targeted too late when it comes to providing them with the understanding of how to deal with issues relating to loneliness. In 2019 we will be launching a programme that allows young people to know how to handle core issues they may face before they become significant barriers.
Looking back at 2018, it has been a tremendous year for The EBP, with the team receiving two nominations at the prestigious Social Enterprise UK Awards and obtaining our Investors in People Silver accreditation. Through our programmes we’ve worked with almost 11,000 young people, alongside businesses, schools and partners, we’ve hosted some amazing events including; Construction Week, RAF Paper Planes in conjunction with the RAF centenary, NCS social action and our second Mini Exec Club pairing young aspiring professionals with mentors from the Lincolnshire business community.
With great momentum and a really strong team, we know that in 2019 The EBP will continue to create a positive impact. Alongside investing our time into new projects, we’ll be launching a new programme to support work experience so it can bring the best value to young people. And of course, the team will also welcome their new Chief Executive in early January!
From a professional viewpoint, I would like to wish the best to every member of the amazing EBP team as they continue to implement the five year plan, with exciting projects on the horizon.
Personally, having been at The EBP for the past 18 years, I am looking forward to exploring more new challenges and travelling, catching up with more of my friends and of course getting down to the golf course!