Economic Strategy (lead Department – DETI)
The overarching goal of the Strategy is to improve the economic competitiveness of the Northern Ireland economy, although it has been launched at a time of sustained uncertainty in the global economy.
The prioritising need is to deepen and diversify our export base in order to increase employment and wealth across Northern Ireland through innovation, R&D and the skills of our workforce.
The actions outlined in this Strategy will strengthen our economic competitiveness.
The prosperity of Northern Ireland is dependent on the skills of its workforce and its ability to meet the needs of the local economy and it is in this regard that DEL can contribute to the aims of the Strategy.
It does so through its Employment Service assisting people into work and employers filling job vacancies. The Department’s curriculum policy for the further education sector ensures that colleges strengthen economic and workforce development.
Investing in training, including employability and essential skills, has economic and social benefits to employers and individuals, especially people with low skills. Without access to such provision, individuals are at risk of joining those who are not in education, employment or training.