Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Engaging Employers and Developing Skills at the Local Level in Northern Ireland, United
The success of skills development activities through both on- and off-the job training
often depends on the participation of employers. This OECD report on Northern Ireland,
United Kingdom identifies a number of innovative programmes that aim to better engage
employers in the design and delivery of training. It also looks at the role of local
district councils in working closer with employers to better understand and address
their skills challenges.
A key part of the project was the implementation of a survey to gather information
from Northern Irish employers about their skills needs and barriers to apprenticeship
participation. The report offers a number of recommendations for improving business-education
partnerships in emerging sectors of the Northern Ireland economy.