21 March 2016

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CBI Northern Ireland Policy Roundup - March

Another busy month in Northern Ireland with policy developments on energy, careers, higher education, skills, renewables, and planning...

CBI Northern Ireland Policy Roundup - March

Energy – addressing both short and longer term issues

Our latest energy vision paper, Success through Smart Choices, focuses on the need to provide greater policy certainty for the NI energy sector post 2020. One of the key issues examined by the paper is security of supply, and last week we gave evidence to An Bord Pleanála outlining our support for the second North/South interconnector. For copies of both documents contact Iain.hoy@cbi.org.uk

New careers strategy – informed choice critical to addressing economic needs

CBI has welcomed the new strategy for Careers Education and Guidance launched by the Education and Employment Ministers at the start of March. Download ‘Preparing for Success 2015-2020 – A Strategy for Careers Education and Guidance’

Minister launches options paper on how to fund HE sector

Earlier this month the Employment Minster issued an options paper setting out potential models to finance the Higher Education sector. Currently NI HE funding is significantly less than in GB.

Northern Ireland survey on skills launched by UKCES

The UK Commission on Employment and Skills launched the results of its biannual survey earlier this month on skills issues and workforce development activities. The Northern Ireland toolkit is available to download.

Minister launches Further Education Implementation Plan

Last week, the employment minister launched a new Programme for Implementation of ‘Further Education Means Success’, the new Further Education Strategy for Northern Ireland. The Strategy’s 21 policy commitments will be implemented by the new Department.

Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation closure

We have welcomed the announcement from DETI that the NIRO for large scale onshore wind projects will close from 1 April 2016 with exceptions in the form of grace periods for eligible projects. A further consultation on closure arrangements for small scale projects will be launched shortly.

Minister launches Call for Evidence for Strategic Planning Policy

The Department of the Environment has launched ‘Calls for Evidence’ to help inform the scope of forthcoming reviews of strategic planning policy for Development in the Countryside and strategic planning policy for Renewable Energy development. The summary papers detailing the scope and purpose of the ‘Calls for Evidence’ are available to view or download 

For all queries regarding CBI policy work, please contact: iain.hoy@cbi.org.uk