Yesterday saw the launch of a new report from the Learning and Work Institute, commissioned by the Open College Network NI – A higher skills ambition for Northern Ireland: Skills for growth and social inclusion.
Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of the Learning and Work Institute, said: “The importance of learning and skills have been heightened by the coronavirus pandemic. Many more people will need help to find work or to retrain. Our report shows that Northern Ireland’s skills are likely to improve, but still lag behind other countries. If we want a prosperous, fair and inclusive Northern Ireland, we need to invest in a higher ambition for learning and skills.”
Martin Flynn, CEO OCN NI said: “This report provides us with a glimpse into what the future may be like, in terms of NI’s skills profile. While the report shows that Northern Ireland’s skills are likely to improve over the next 10 years, we will still remain behind other countries. The report provides the Northern Ireland Executive with an opportunity to set a higher skills ambition in Northern Ireland, which in turn will contribute to improved economic growth, social justice and community cohesion.”
The report is available from our Reports and Resources page.