This book focuses on the role of employment and training agencies in contributing to job creation and productivity in Northern Ireland. It explores how Northern Ireland is implementing labour market and skills policy and putting measures in place at the local level to stimulate quality employment, inclusion and growth.
Table of contents:
Acronyms and abbreviations 7 Executive summary 9 Readerís guide 13 Chapter 1. Policy context for employment and skills in Northern Ireland 17 -Overview 18 -Northern Irelandís economy 20 -Northern Irelandís skills profile 24 -The Programme for Government, the Economic Strategy and the Skills Strategy 25 -Institutional structures 27 -The governance framework for employment policies and vocational education 27 -The governance framework for economic development 31 -References 31 Chapter 2. Overview of the Northern Ireland case study area 33 -Overview of the Belfast region 34 -Balance between skills supply and demand at the sub-national level 36 -Results for Northern Ireland 37 -References 38 Chapter 3. Local Job Creation Dashboard findings in Northern Ireland 39 -Theme 1: Better aligning policies and programmes to local economic development 40 -Theme 2: Adding value through skills 47 -Theme 3: Targeting policy to local employment sectors and investing in quality jobs 54 -Theme 4: Being inclusive 56 -References 60 Chapter 4. Towards an action plan for jobs in Northern Ireland: Recommendations and best practices 63 -Better aligning policies and programmes to local economic development 64 -Adding value through skills 67 -Targeting policy to local employment sectors and investing in quality jobs 74 -Being inclusive 79 -References 84