This Policy Forum for Northern Ireland policy conference "Next steps for skills and apprenticeships in Northern Ireland" takes place in the context of the ongoing development of a new skills strategy for Northern Ireland, to replace the existing strategy which concludes in 2020.
This event is a full-scale conference will be taking place online from 9am - 1pm on Thursday, 8th October 2020. Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference.
The discussion at a glance:
- key priorities for the new skills strategy
- immigration policy and the impact of Brexit
- meeting the future skills needs of the Northern Ireland economy
- the particular role of apprenticeships in helping meet NI’s skills needs
- the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on apprenticeships and skills development and those working in this area, including:
- what can be learned - taking forward the experience of the way that providers have adapted to the delivery of skills and training
- further support - what may be needed to accommodate the impact on stakeholders of the economic fallout of the crisis, as well as changes to skills demands and the working environment
- Key priorities for upskilling and training in Northern Ireland
- Developing the framework for Northern Ireland’s future skills system
- Meeting Northern Ireland’s skill needs - priorities for businesses and sectors, funding, and delivering for City and Growth Deals
- Developing a skilled workforce - effective pathways, parity of esteem, and up-skilling
- Raising quality in apprenticeships - assessment, qualifications and promoting excellence