Press release

Skills vital to rebalancing Northern Ireland’s economy

16 February 2011

The vital role of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills in rebalancing the Northern Ireland economy will be outlined today at a special event taking place in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Stormont’s Committee for Employment and Learning is bringing together politicians, STEM advocates, colleges and universities, small businesses, and students to discuss careers in engineering and technology and the benefits of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).

The event, supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), will showcase the positive benefits of KTPs, which help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology and skills which already exist in the UK marketplace.

Dolores Kelly MLA, Chairperson of the Committee for Employment and Learning, said: “The expansion of STEM subjects is vital to our economic development and this is why we have engaged in a variety of activities to facilitate more young people studying these important subjects.

“Knowledge Transfer Partnerships between businesses and education establishments provide considerable scope to support small businesses engaged in STEM-related activities to prosper and rebalance our economy.”

The breakfast event will hear from a number of speakers, including Dr Steve Brankin, CEO of Asidua, a software consultancy and services company, which is headquartered in Belfast.

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External Communications Manager

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