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Mid Ulster Focus On Skills

Mid Ulster District Council has recently established a Skills Forum, charged with understanding and communicating the needs of employers and investors in the District relating to skills gaps and employability issues which impact on the economic wellbeing of the area, and identifying and implementing appropriate actions through partners to improve provision and support. Representatives from a wide range of local employers, further education colleges and business organisations, including FSB, have been involved in devising the terms of reference and programme of work for the Forum, which will incorporate a Skills Survey across the Mid Ulster area.

With a strong commitment to growing the local economy within the district in both the Mid Ulster Community Plan and year Mid Ulster Economic Development Plan, it is widely recognised that employability and skills are critical to success in this area. Mid Ulster is home to several significant global businesses, cutting-edge industries and many ambitious SMEs across all sectors. By bringing together all those with an interest in driving growth, it is hoped that the Forum will help to shape a prosperous future for the district. 

It will specifically focus on key areas such as: employability and skills challenges; linkages between businesses and education providers; educating for work and enterprise; business leadership and entrepreneurship development and support; lobbying, fundraising and ensuring skills development supports inward investment; and of course the impact of Brexit. If you are based in Mid Ulster and would like to participate in any of this work, contact mairaid.mcmahon@fsb.org.uk