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Westminster Budget provides certainty for FE Sector Posted on 14/11/2017 00:00:00 Colleges Northern Ireland (CNI) welcomes the removal of funding uncertainty for the current financial year with the setting of a budget for Northern Ireland at Westminster yesterday. It is vital now that we see a move forward towards a political agreement that does not impact on ensuring clear funding streams are available and budget set for future years. While there are clear financial pressures the Further Education (FE) sector continues to add value to the NI economy, supporting redress of educational underachievement, skills for inward investment, business engagement and supporting product and process innovation. 

Colleges Northern Ireland believes that developing further collaboration and fostering partnerships, while not removing all financial pressures, will add value and support, ensuring the best learner and economic outcomes for all in our society.

Colleges Northern Ireland is the sectoral body for the six regional Further Education (FE) Colleges across Northern Ireland. The FE Colleges are the main providers of professional and technical education and training in Northern Ireland. As a key driver of the economy, the FE Colleges play a critical role in providing skills solutions to industry and in increasing the overall economic competitiveness. In addition FE Colleges, by providing positive progressive pathways for learners, focusing on improving the skills of our people they are having a direct impact on social inclusions at local and regional levels.

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