Category Archives: Education

A place for business in education

Education Authority Chief Executive Gavin Boyd draws on his private sector experience in his thinking about the future of schools. He talks to Peter Cheney about how the two sectors can best...

Capitalising on corporation tax

A robust skills base could unlock new opportunities for investment. While receiving broad support from many quarters, it is generally accepted that a reduction in corporation tax is not a panacea for...

Skills build economic success

Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry explains how Northern Ireland’s skills and apprenticeships strategies are giving the region a new economic edge. My department has a key role to play in...

How well do we safeguard children?

The Safeguarding Board asks “are we doing the right thing” for children as opposed to “doing things right.” The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) was established with the task of co-ordinating...

Fighting exploitation

Kathleen Marshall’s report into child sexual exploitation calls for renewed action by the health, education and justice services. A disturbing report into the sexual exploitation of children in Northern Ireland has challenged...

The skills gap challenge

agendaNi considers the key trends and data for skills shortages in Northern Ireland and the reluctance among employers to recruit young people leaving the education system. Skills deficiencies are putting Northern Ireland’s...

Further Education: Supporting the economy

Further Education is central to rebuilding and rebalancing the economy. The Further Education (FE) sector, and its contribution to economic development and growth through the provision of high quality education and training,...

The future of youth training

Peter Cheney examines the key changes proposed in the review of youth training, which aims to equalise the vocational and academic education routes. A major review of youth training in Northern Ireland...

Student trends

agendaNi looks at the trends and prospects for local student entry into third level education. In the 2012-2013 academic year a total of 64,400 Northern Ireland domiciled students enrolled at higher education...