Clare Foster - Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School

Report
Clare Foster
Head of CEIAG
Making Your Choices
3rd
March 2015
What You Need to Know to Make
Your Choices
• Changes in the NI economy.
• Future employment opportunities
• Skills employers want.
• Where can you access information?
• Working together to meet the challenge.
Programme for Government
Priority No 1: Growing the Economy
Increase Job Numbers
and Job Quality
Increase Exports
Invest in Skills
Invest in
Innovation & R&D
Future Prospects
NI better off than a decade ago – but it will still take time to
recover fully
NI: Total employment (job-based)
000s
950
Forecast
900
850
800
Return to peak
employment
2017
750
700
650
600
550
1981
1986
1991
1996
Source: DETI, LFS, Oxford Economics
2001
2006
2011
2016
2021
Challenges – but opportunities too
• Local economic conditions remain challenging
• But real opportunities for growth if we can succeed in export markets
• Some very clear messages about current and future skill needs.
• Important that Labour Market Information harnessed and used to help
people shape career decisions
• But other factors important too including employer engagement/
Career attractiveness agenda
• Having the right skills and qualifications in the right areas is critical to
drive future success
Where will the Future Employment Opportunities be?
Some of our Recent Investors
Other Key Sectors....
Advanced Materials and Engineering
(aerospace, electrical, electronics, automotive, renewables)
Agrifood
Life & Health Sciences
Tourism/Leisure
New emphasis on languages (Global market
place)
Recent Projects
Jobs
Areas
501
IT Development, Back Office Admin, LPO - Legal
106
Marketing
317
HR, Finance, LPO - Legal
359
FS IT Development, Service Delivery, Project Management
90
FS IT Development, Project Management
242
R&D Product Development, Sales, Marketing
45
HR Consulting, Risk and Actuarial – Pensions management
50
IT Development
104
IT Development, Product development, Engineering
85
IT Development, Project Management
297
Call Centre, Customer service and Management
109
IT Development, Product development, Sales
130
R&D Product Development, Engineering
102
Legal
In the last 10 years 78% of new FDI jobs have been in
business & financial services and software
Skills employers want
Highly skilled and well educated people
is consistently cited as the most important
reason for international investment in NI
Skills Shortages
• Skills Gaps/Skills Shortages exist in NI
• Employers in range of engineering disciplines
(electrical, chemical) have cited difficulties in
securing staff in NI
• Estimated that there are 500 unfilled software
development vacancies in NI
Skills Pressures
• War on Talent....worldwide demand for
software engineers
• Not just academic ability – employability skills
(interpersonal/ communication etc) are vital
• Yet, there is a large oversupply in other areas
Where can I Access Information to
Help in the Decision Making Process?
www.nidirect.gov.uk/careers
Working together to meet the challenge
Awareness
Ambition
Align Interests

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