30/04/2015

NI Commissioner For Employment And Skills Appointed

Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry has announced the appointment of Mr Mark Huddleston as the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Employment and Skills.

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills was established in April 2008 to advise government on how improved employment and skills systems can help the UK become a world-class leader in productivity and employment. It works to raise employer ambition and develop employer-led initiatives, such as the introduction of occupational and professional standards, and work on sectoral skills needs. The Northern Ireland Commissioner represents the interests of Northern Ireland on the Commission.

Minister Farry said: "I look forward to working with Mark and the broader UK Commission as we seek to grow and develop the skills required to secure the future of the Northern Ireland economy. Investment in skills is at the forefront of my Department’s work. The skills of our workforce are the most important lever within our control to create wealth and to reduce social deprivation.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to record my thanks to the former Commissioner Bill McGinnis for his contribution to the role over the last number of years."

The appointment will take effect from 1 May 2015 for a period of three years.

(CD/MH)

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