e-skills UK in Northern Ireland

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Boosting IT skills across the nations

We’re working to make sure Northern Ireland has the IT skills it needs to succeed in the global digital economy.

To do this, we’ve developed a 4-year Strategic Plan for Northern Ireland (PDF 1MB) with employers and stakeholders and we’ll be working to:

  • inspire future talent with employer-backed careers programmes such as the Bring IT On careers website (for 12+), the Junior BIO careers website (for 8-12 year-olds), and Computer Clubs for Girls (CC4G)
  • help young people build practical IT skills through apprenticeships
  • improve higher education opportunities with support from employers for GCSEs, GCEs and apprenticeships
  • provide better support for IT professionals
  • encourage organisations to offer more IT training

Also, find out more about our latest research into supply and demand for ICT labour and skills in Northern Ireland, with the ICT Snapshot May 2014.

What has e-skills UK already achieved in Northern Ireland?

In 2007, research found that the software sector, Northern Ireland's largest growth area, was having problems attracting recruits with the right skills.

The steering group responded to this skills shortage by developing an ICT Future Skills Action Plan to address skills needs. The plan highlights the ICT Future Skills programme's achievements and outlines an action plan for the next 12 months. The ICT Future Skills Progress Report 2013/14 is available to download below.

End of Year Progress Report 2013/14 PDF 5MB

The Employer Board for Northern Ireland: boosting IT Skills

The e-skills UK Employer Board for Northern Ireland is in charge of making sure Northern Ireland gets technology skills it needs to succeed.

The Board comprises:

  • David Mawhinney - (Chair) Managing Director, Equiniti ICS Limited
  • Joy Chambers - Workforce Solutions Area Leader, Allstate
  • Angela Canavan - Chief Operations Officer, Asidua
  • Ed Brown - Chief Executive Officer, Capita Plc
  • John Patrick Healy - Senior Vice President, Head of ICG Technology,Citi
  • Patricia O Hagan - Managing Director, Core Systems
  • Mark Reid - IT Solutions Lead, Euronext
  • Danny McConnell - Partner, Deloitte
  • Mike Crow - Head of Applications & Managed Services, Fujitsu
  • Michael Black - Chief Financial Officer, Intel
  • Paul Hamill - Director of Operations, Kainos
  • William Hamilton - Managing Director, Liberty IT
  • Brendan Duffy -  Chief Technology Officer, First Derivatives
  • Barry Lowry - Head of IT Assist, DFPNI, NI Government
  • Patrick McAliskey - Managing Director, Novosco
  • Colin Reid - CEO, Totoal Mobile

Manager for Northern Ireland

To get involved or if you have any questions regarding our programmes in Northern Ireland, please e-mail mark.feeney@e-skills.com.

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