9.30am – 10am Registration10am. Welcome:
Professor Tom Fraser(Provost University of Ulster, Magee) and Mrs Margaret Lee (Managing Director – The Cresco Trust).
10.15am. Employability - An EU Perspective
To outline current EU employability policies, andfuture directions.
To identify successes / failures / challenges that havebecome apparent in the operation of current strategies
Speaker: James Allen - DG Employment and Social Affairs (EU)
Current Responsibilities include
Co-ordination of the European Employment Strategy.Production of the Annual Employment Report and theRecommendations to Member States on labour market reform.
Unit expert on education and training polices,lifelong learning and improving "Human Capital".
11am. Coffee11.15am. Employability – A National Perspective
To outline current government employability policies, and future priorities.
To set unemployment funding strategies within thecontext of Northern Ireland.
Speaker: Mr Daragh Shields
Daragh Shields is Assistant Director of the Preparationfor Work Division in the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL). He has responsibility for thedelivery throughout Northern Ireland of theDepartment’s programmes and services which helpunemployed people prepare for and find work.
12pm: Key lessons from Equal / Panel Discussion.
In what way do projects contribute to policy development and good practice.
Speaker: Earl Storey
Accord Research and Policy Officer
12.45pm: Lunch (The Minor Hall)2pm
Working principles out in a local context for maximum good.
What skills will be needed for a future workforce inthe North West?
How can initiatives to enable those excluded fromemployment re-enter the world of work be designedand operated for maximum effectiveness?
Speaker: Mr Richard Sterling (President of Londonderry Chamber of Commerce).2.45pm: Where does the Social Economy Fit In?
What contribution does the Social Economy have tomake to employability?
Where does the Social Economy fit in withgovernment and EU thinking?
What training needs should the Social Economy sector provide re employability.
Speaker: Colin Stutt -
Specialist consultant on publicpolicy and economic development.
3.30pm : Plenary
Chairperson: Professor Sile O’Connor, University of Ulster
CREATING PATHWAYSTO EMPLOYMENT