Boosting IT skills across the nations
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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 (fully re-designed and updated in Jan 2012) 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
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. We have published 3 progress reports since, in 2009, 2010 and 2011. They highlight the ICT Future Skills programme's achievements and outline an action plan for the next 12 months.
Download the ICT Future Skills 2009 progress report PDF 3MB
Download the ICT Future Skills 2010 progress report PDF 2MB
Download the ICT Future Skills 2011 progress report PDF 519KB
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
- John Patrick Healy - Senior Vice President, Head of ICG Technology,Citi
- Angela Canavan - Chief Operations Officer, Asidua
- Joy Chambers - Workforce Solutions Area Leader, Allstate
- William Hamilton - Managing Director, Liberty IT
- Mike Crow - Head of Applications & Managed Services, Fujitsu
- Paul Hamill - Director of Operations, Kainos
- Ian Graham - Chief Executive Officer, Momentum
- Andy Ross - Chief Executive Officer, Northgate Managed Services
- Kate Docherty – Fidessa
- Brendan Duffy - Chief Technology Officer - First Derivatives
- Patrick O’Hagan – Managing Director – NYSE
- Michael Black – Chief Financial Officer – Aepona
- Matt Halligan – Vice President of Engineering – Openwave Mobility
Manager for Northern Ireland
To get involved or if you have any questions regarding our programmes in Northern Ireland, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.