'Productivity key to potential' - Archibald
Sinn Féin Caoimhe Archibald has said tackling productivity must be a priority to fulfil our economic potential.
Speaking following the publication of a new report by Deloitte the party's further and higher education spokesperson commented:
"We are living through a period of significant change with increased globalisation, advances in technology, and changing demographics and worker expectations.
"Despite the apparent economic recovery, productivity in the north has remained stagnant since the crash, improving on this needs to be a priority.
"This report highlights the importance of transferable skills in the future workplace, in particular analytical, communication and strategic skills; and the need to ensure people are equipped with these skills through their learning.
"It outlines the importance of lifelong learning and up-skilling for individuals.
"The report suggests better collaboration between government, business and educators to ensure our future workforce is equipped with the type of skills needed to adapt to the changing workplace."It also recommends supports for workers to transition across sectors or occupations.
"We need a policy framework which supports delivery on our economic potential in tandem with tackling deprivation and social inequalities."