PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 02 | EDITOR'S WORD
IT'S A NEW YEAR AND A NEW DECADE
We now find ourselves in 2020, with a host of fresh opportunities and challenges, and as the dust settles from last month’s General Election, and we push the button to print this Prosper with the UK set to leave the EU in just a matter of days - what does the future hold for businesses across our region?
As we bid farewell to a turbulent 10 years, we look forward in this edition to the future and explore some of the innovative and inspiring ways in which people, places and businesses are helping to prepare and train the next generation of our Black Country workforce.
We take a trip around our region to bring you news, views, debate and updates from our educators, skills assessors and training consultants and talk to some of those young people currently in apprenticeship roles.
We ask why teachers are hesitant to advise pupils to opt for apprenticeships, learn how students from some of the region’s most deprived areas are being encouraged to become entrepreneurs, discover how one of the oldest companies in the Black Country is working to help rehabilitate offenders and take a look at a young regional business which is increasing its global reach.
And in this edition, we introduce you to our new President, Jude Thompson.
Our interview with Jude gives an insight into plans for the next two years in a role with a Chamber he describes as ‘positive, innovative and forward-thinking’.
Meanwhile, as you read this first edition of 2020 we look ahead to our next Prosper, out in the Spring, we explore the diverse region we live and work in and how businesses are working towards an inclusive economy, championing diversity and celebrating how everybody can make a difference across the Black Country.
Happy New Year - here’s to a successful 2020 and prosperous decade.