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Archibald calls for skills investment

8 October, 2018 - by Caoimhe Archibald

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has called for support and investment in skills training as a means of tackling economic inactivity and improving productivity.

The Party's Further and Higher Education Spokesperson stated was commenting on recent Department for Economy (DFE) figures showing that economic inactivity is on the rise and that older males without any qualifications are 13 per cent more likely to be underpaid with a lack of skills and qualifications a significant barrier to labour force participation.

Caoimhe Archibald said: “The statistics published by DFE show the need to upskill our workforce as a means of reducing economic inactivity and tackling the stagnant productivity in the north.

"To do this requires adequate investment and support for our Colleges and other educational providers, which are central to offering accessible education and upskilling opportunities at a community level.

"Employers in the public and private sector also need to recognise the benefits of investing in their workers, and the benefits of upskilling and in work training, for their productivity and output.

"The average wage in the North is nine per cent lower than the average wage across Britain and the north, alongside investing in skills to in productivity, employees must also be provided with good terms and conditions of employment.”

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