Business on a Connected Island

Business on a Connected Island Business on a Connected Island

07 December 2021


10:00 - 11:30




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Sustaining a prosperous shared island economy: understanding and tackling the skills challenge

Join the CBI - Ibec Joint Business Council briefing to hear from leading experts on coordinated North/South solutions to labour and skills shortages, staff movements and systemic change. 

This online event will include discussion on:

  • Having a coordinated and sufficiently resourced N/S response to skills needs
  • Regional and intranational trends and possible strategic responses
  • What new all-island initiatives could be applied to the skills and labour deficit?
  • How to go about aligning upskilling/reskilling with all-island business needs
  • Proven cross border examples delivering for business on the island of Ireland.


Welcome and Overview: factors impacting business and employment on the island of Ireland:

  • Angela McGowan, Director, CBI Northern Ireland
  • Fergal O’Brien, Director of Lobbying and Influence, Ibec

Skills/reskilling: Understanding the challenges and meeting N/S shared business needs?

Moderator: Angela McGowan, Director, CBI Northern Ireland

  • High-level overview on all-island skills: Professor Seamus McGuiness, Economic and Social Research Institute
  • Higher Educations’ vision to deliver for business: Gerry McKenna, Senior Vice President, Royal Irish Academy 
  • Aligning Higher Education programmes for all island business: Ian Greer, Pro Vice Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast 
  • The role of Further Education in improving the all-island skills landscape: Louise Warde Hunter, CEO, Belfast Metropolitan College
  • How Vocational Education is supporting regional and cross border development: Anne McHugh, CEO, Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB).

Summary and Conclusions: on opportunities and pathways to partnership shared by speakers
Michael D’Arcy: Programme Lead, Ibec /CBI Joint Business Council


Senior level CBI NI and Ibec members are invited to join this event.

About the CBI-Ibec Joint Business Council:
The CBI-Ibec Joint Business Council was formed in 1991 and works to promote an optimal business environment on the island of Ireland and advance competitiveness for the benefit of both jurisdictions - north and south. Any CBI member company operating an all-island business is welcome join the Joint Business Council.



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Karen Hoey

Karen Hoey

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