Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Priorities for apprenticeships in Northern Ireland: standards, promotion and the impact of policy

October 2017

This seminar brought together stakeholders and policymakers to consider the future for apprenticeship provision in Northern Ireland.

Delegates examined the implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy - along with its impact on employers - and on the delivery of the Securing our Success and Generating our Success strategies, as well as Departmental priorities for the future.

Those attending discussed how apprenticeships fit into the aims of the industrial strategy - including higher level apprenticeships, and for industries targeted for growth by the Strategic Advisory Forum and skills barometer - as well as how to best promote apprenticeships as an attractive option for young people.

Further sessions looked at the priorities for raising standards in apprenticeships, including the role of inspectors, providers and learning institutions in promoting excellence in qualifications - including through enhanced collaboration - and the latest thinking on ensuring that qualifications are of high quality, are flexible and of relevance to the needs of young people and the wider economy.

A keynote address was delivered by Michael Gould, Assistant Director of the Youth Policy Division, Department for the Economy.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Northern Ireland seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates