The ICT Skills Working Group of Northern Ireland is a regional coalition of stakeholders, convened in January 2012 by the Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr. Stephen Farry MLA, in response to industry concerns regarding skills shortages being experienced locally.
The Group manages an Action Plan setting out the short, medium and long term actions required to ensure that the local ICT industry has access to the skilled workforce it needs to grow and flourish, both now and in the future. The actions are divided into three main areas: skills provision, sector attractiveness, and coordination and communication.
The project has already had an impact on increasing the quality and quantity of the skilled workforce available to the local ICT Industry. This has been achieved by raising applications for IT-related degrees at our local universities, developing IT apprenticeship schemes, and running conversion courses to train individuals for the ICT sector.
The ICT Skills Working Group enables stakeholders to work together to maximise opportunities with the goals of creating 22,000 new jobs in the ICT sector in the next five years and adding around £800 million GVA to Norther Ireland's economy in the next ten years.
The ICT Skills Working Group brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives from relevant government departments, higher education, further education, employers, employer representative bodies, sector skills councils and trade associations. A list of participants can be found below: