Category Archives: Education

A low skills equilibrium

Senior economist at the NERI Paul Mac Flynn analyses whether a low skills equilibrium exists in Northern Ireland. On any number of measures Northern Ireland’s economy is clearly in difficulty. Productivity is...

Brexit could stymie skills supply

Brexit poses a significant challenge to the availability of skills, the competitiveness of the labour market and therefore to economic success in Northern Ireland. agendaNi outlines the context. Published in 2017, Economy...

Learning and skills in the Republic

As the 2017 update of the Northern Ireland Skills Barometer outlines its projections for skills demand, and makes recommendations in the context of Brexit and sectoral growth in the job market up...

Valuing apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a useful tool in the process of upskilling the labour market, filling supply gaps and increasing economic competitiveness. agendaNi explores their status and funding in Northern Ireland. An apprenticeship enables...

Northern Ireland Skills Barometer

The 2015 Northern Ireland Skills Barometer was intended as a model to gauge future skill needs and gaps by sector, subject area and level of qualification. The 2017 update reflects the latest...

Education: the intended learning outcomes

Despite exhibiting exceptional levels of inequality in academic outcomes, the education system in Northern Ireland is mythically lauded as world class. Ciarán Galway discusses the current status of this flawed system with...