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People and Skills Network (Northern Ireland)


22 February 2022


10:30 - 11:45




People and Skills Network (Northern Ireland)

To deliver the Department for the Economy’s draft Skills Strategy and wider 10X economic vision, Northern Ireland requires a robust vocational qualification system which can meet the needs of both learners and employers.

CBI NI members are invited to join the first People and Skills Network of the year where we will be joined by Mark Lee, Director of Tertiary Education Reform at the Department for the Economy. Mark is keen to hear from Human Resource leaders in Northern Ireland on how vocational qualifications are viewed, how easy it is to navigate the current system, understand the qualifications, and how involved businesses are in shaping them.

For the second part of the meeting, we will discuss Time to Advance, a new guide from the CBI that focuses on how firms are putting their diversity and inclusion ambitions into action. Labour and skills shortages are widespread and are affecting numerous sectors across the economy. From construction and manufacturing to retail and hospitality, businesses are struggling to find the talent they need to grow. By investing in diversity and inclusion, businesses can attract and retain talent, but also increase productivity and performance.


  • Caroline van der Feltz, Chair, CBI NI People and Skills Network and HR Director, Danske Bank
  • Angela McGowan, Director, CBI Northern Ireland
  • Poppy Bamford, Senior Policy Adviser, CBI
  • Mark Lee, Director of Tertiary Education Reform, Skills and Education Group, Department for the Economy

You’ll particularly benefit from joining this event if you are:

  • Chief of People
  • Head of HR
  • HR Director
  • Director of People/Talent
  • Diversity and Inclusion Lead.


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