Category Archives: Economy

Colleges look to the future

Leading representatives from Northern Ireland’s six colleges discuss the future of further and higher education, and highlight its importance to economic development. The College STEM Initiative (CSI) is the colleges’ main initiative...

Skills for the future

A follow up to the 2006 skills strategy, Success through Skills 2 prepares for a future where 90 per cent of jobs will require formal qualifications and a highly skilled workforce. This...

Programme update

agendaNi tracks the Programme for Government’s main commitments on skills and checks what has been achieved or not to date. A highly skilled and flexible workforce is one of the ingredients for...

Reviewing CAP

Richard Halleron explains the forthcoming changes in funding and farmers’ reasons for concern. The Common Agricultural Policy, or CAP, underpins the finances of farming in Northern Ireland and the rest of the...

Communities of discovery

“Counter-productive” government policy is causing problems for teachers and the entire education sector, Frank Coffield told delegates at the Learning and Skills Development Agency conference in April. After 42 years as a...

Barnett and the block grant

John O’Farrell suggests a stronger formula could ease local economic problems. All governments are coalition governments. Especially single party governments, where party ‘unity’ is maintained by either the ruthless whipping of the...