We are delighted to announce that NUS-USI President Chloe Ferguson has been appointed to the Northern Ireland Skills Council (NISC), an advisory body which focuses on providing strategic direction on the development and implementation of skills policy in Northern Ireland.
In the summer this year, it was announced that NUS-USI would be continuing their membership on the reconstituted/reimagined Skills Council. Chloe welcomed the news of her appointment,
“I'm delighted to be a member of the Northern Ireland Skills Council on behalf of NUS-USI. This is the top table for influencing change and as the chief spokesperson of 120,000 students, I will ensure the student and apprentice voice is integral to the shaping of Northern Ireland's Skills agenda."
The NISC brings together representatives from business, trade unions, and the community and voluntary sector to provide informed advice to the Department for the Economy on skills issues. Chloe’s appointment to the council ensures that the voices of students and apprentices are heard at the highest levels of decision-making.
The Council primarily focuses on the Skills Strategy for Northern Ireland - ‘Skills for a 10x Economy’ — but also considers the broader context of the underpinning importance of skills in meeting the objectives of the economic vision for Northern Ireland "10x Economy: Northern Ireland’s Decade of Innovation".
You can read more about the purpose of the NISC here: Northern Ireland Skills Council | Department for the Economy (economy-ni.gov.uk)
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