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No presentations have taken place during the 2016-2017 mandate. 

The Assembly is currently in suspensions since March 2017, there have been no appointments of an Executive, Departmental Ministers or Committee membership nominations.

The Northern Ireland Assembly is the devolved legislature for Northern Ireland. It is responsible for making laws on transferred matters in Northern Ireland and for scrutinising the work of Ministers and Government Departments. 

The Assembly sits at Parliament Buildings, Stormont Estate, in Belfast. Members (MLAs) meet to debate issues; question Ministers; and make laws for the benefit of people in Northern Ireland. Each MLA represents her or his constituency, and there are 6 MLAs for each constituency.

Within NI, there are two Departments within the education/skills remit.  Broadly the differentiation between the two is as follows:

The Department for the Economy (DfEfocuses on Economic policy, Employment and skills programmes (including apprenticeships), Further education and Higher education policy.  

See the DfE website homepage (right-hand column) for news updates and press releases

The Department for Education (DE) focuses on the nursery, primary and post-primary schools

See the DEL website homepage (right-hand column) for news updates and press releases


NOTE: All DfE and DE press releases relevant to the FE Sector are uploaded onto our News page regularly:

Previous presentations to the Committee for the Economy during the 2011 -2016 Mandate

NI presentation on FE Sector (Sept 2016)

  • CNI presented to the Committee on 14 September 2016 in Parliament Buildings, Belfast. CNI presentation on how FE Colleges support progression pathways for learners and the key economic and social inclusion roles that they play.
  • View Hansard report of the meeting by clicking link below;

CNI presentation on Hardship Funds and budget cuts (Oct 2014)

  • CNI wrote to the Committee to request giving an update to the Hardship press stories of early September 2014. Given the impending budget cuts - we used the opportunity to cover Hardship Funds as planned and secondly spent some time on presenting the impact of the budget cuts.  Hansard report available 

  • Our press release on this issue is available here -

CNI presentation on Apprenticeships (May 2014) 

Colleges NI presentation on Youth training (May 2014)  

Colleges NI presentation on Industrial Relations / Salisbury Report (March 2014)

  • No Hansard paper available.  However, the video recording is available at the following link;

Colleges NI presentation on Programme Led Apprenticeships and in particular issues around Electro Technical provision (Feb 2014)

  • Colleges NI - presentation on Programme Led Apprenticeships - Feb 2014 to NI Assembly.pdf