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Skills Barometer launched

25 November 2015

The Skills Barometer project represents an investment by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) to build a model to estimate the quantum of future skill needs and gaps by level, sector and subject area across a range of economic outcomes (including a base case and a high growth scenario). This will also be a useful tool to consider the skills implications of the forthcoming Programme for Government and future NI Executive economic strategies and the model can be adapted to reflect the priorities within those. 

The principle of “Every job matters” has been adopted to reflect the contribution all jobs make to the economy. As the NI Executive endeavours to reduce levels of unemployment and economic inactivity, it is important society places a value on all employment opportunities. As a result, this skills barometer analyses skills requirements at all levels and across all sectors of the economy.

A broad range of stakeholder groups have been identified as potential users and beneficiaries of the skills barometer:

  • Young people and parents – young people should be appropriately informed when choosing their career pathway and subjects areas to study;
  • Careers Advisors – the Skills Barometer could also provide careers advisors with further information and evidence to improve the quality of advice given to their clients;
  • Teachers – also recognising the important role teachers also have in dispensing careers advice;
  • Employers – as a vehicle to articulate skills needs;
  • Education institutions – to help inform future levels of provision; and
  • DEL (and wider Government) – to develop policy responses to meet skills needs of the NI economy.
This project is being undertaken as part of a 3 year sponsorship arrangement between DEL and the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre (UUEPC) and this report has been completed following work completed in Year 1.



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