Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Priorities for skills and apprenticeships in Northern Ireland: key issues for business, developing partnerships and the future for policy

Morning, Thursday, 3rd May 2018



This timely seminar will provide an opportunity to examine priorities for skills and apprenticeships in Northern Ireland and follows announcements on the role of the UK Industrial Strategy in Northern Ireland - including supporting the strategy’s flagship Sector Deals - and coming one year after the implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Delegates will examine the latest work coming from the Department for the Economy - including ApprenticeshipsNI - and policy priorities for the future.

Those attending will examine the latest thinking on developing skills and apprenticeships through the 14-19 age spectrum - including developing partnerships between schools, further and higher education, training providers and employers - and will look at methods for developing high-quality and flexible qualifications, including degree apprenticeships.

They will also look at lessons from other jurisdictions in the effective delivery of apprenticeship policy and examine methods for the promoting diversity and social mobility, and meeting the needs of apprentices.

Further sessions will examine the latest information on the Apprenticeships Levy, and the impact on businesses, including public sector employers.

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from Department for the Economy

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from Department for the Economy


Michael Kane

Director, PwC

Colin Hagan

Managing Director, Riverpark Training

Gareth Hetherington

Associate Director, Ulster University Economic Policy Centre

Sam Davidson

Chair, Employment and Skills Forum, CBI and Group HR Director, Henderson Group

Senior speaker confirmed from Institution of Civil Engineers