Category Archives: Economy

Valuing apprenticeships

Stephen Farry MLA • Minister for Employment and Learning The Employment and Learning Minister explains how the new apprenticeships strategy for Northern Ireland will broaden the range of placements available and raise...

Would you invest in Northern Ireland?

Mark Thompson, Head of office at A&L Goodbody in Belfast, affirms Northern Ireland’s economic positives and the case for investing in its future. There has never been a more important time for...

Broad recovery but pressures on the horizon

Neil Gibson, Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Economic Policy, predicts that low consumer demand and increased austerity will dampen the recovery. Inward investment trends and an improved housing market are...

Towards a job-rich recovery

During a visit to Belfast, Employment Commissioner László Andor answers Peter Cheney’s questions on the European economy and youth guarantee policy, which seeks to tackle unemployment among under 25s. What is your...

An enterprising state

The Nevin Institute’s Paul MacFlynn contends that R&D investment by the state – rather than traditional grants and tax incentives – can deliver a major economic step change and generate more inward...

Construction trends

agendaNi considers the latest construction output and employment figures. The construction sector in Northern Ireland has been the most severely impacted in the UK since the economic downturn, both in terms of...

Positive trends in planning

Clyde Shanks points to the recent improvements in planning and the housing market and calls for the new councils to support this growth. Like me, I’m sure you’ve noticed that there is...

Engineering’s prospects

Leading engineers are calling for more women in the workforce and a recognition of how the sector can develop the economy. The new President of Engineers Ireland, Regina Moran, has made female...

Apprenticeships deliver growth

The new apprenticeships landscape is helping drive forward the needs of the economy. Colleges Northern Ireland firmly believes that apprenticeships are a highly effective vehicle for developing skills that meet the needs...