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Success through skills : transforming futures

Department for Employment and Learning
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  • Economics
  • Political Science


untitled Success through Skills - Transforming Futures 2011 The Skills Strategy for Northern Ireland CONTENTS 1. Foreword 4 2. Executive summary 5 3. Introduction 9 4. The future economy and its skill needs 16 5. Progress to date 26 6. The themes for action 31 7. Stakeholders and their role 37 3 1. FOREWORD Since the publication of the draft Skills Strategy in 2004 and the subsequent implementation plan, ‘Success through Skills’, in 2006, much has changed – both politically and economically. Politically, after a period of Direct Rule, the devolved Northern Ireland Assembly is now responsible for employment and skills matters. As the Employment and Learning Minister, I am wholeheartedly committed to the skills agenda. Investment in skills is a critical driver for the local economy and is central to future economic growth. Skills also benefit the individual: improving employment opportunities, reducing inequalities and improving living standards. Economically, the downturn has affected everyone. Yet, businesses are increasingly realising that investing in the skills of their employees can impact on productivity and overall success, in turn helping them to survive the current turmoil. Given that growing a dynamic and innovative economy will inevitably be a key objective of the forthcoming Programme for Government, this Strategy outlines the future skills profile necessary to support this growth. It is clear that transformational change of our skills and training landscape is required – I am fully committed to ensuring that this transformation becomes a reality. The need to invest in the skills of our population is an immediate imperative, investment now will allow us to take advantage of the economic upturn when it occurs. As we face continued fiscal challenges, it is vital that businesses, Government and individuals continue to invest in skills to ensure that Northern Ireland emerges from the recession more productive and competitive. Each of us ha

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