Skills Minister needed - NIIRTA

NIIRTA CEO Glyn Roberts

NIIRTA CEO Glyn Roberts

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The appointment of a junior minister for Skills and Entrepreneurship would bring a significant boost to the province post-Brexit the head of a business lobby group has claimed.

Speaking after a meeting with the chair and vice-chair of the Assembly economy committee to discuss the business organisation’s Programme for Government policy document, NIIRTA chief executive Glyn Roberts said the move would give priority to two policy areas and support the Economy Minister in dealing with the “aftermath of Brexit”.

“Unless we have the right skills set in place then the impact of Corporation Tax reduction will be lessened if Foreign Direct Investors have the pipeline of skills they need,” he said .

“Likewise we need to focus on creating the next generation of entrepreneurs, particularly in our local retail sector.

“The Executive urgently needs a clear plan in place to deal with Brexit and show real leadership that our local business community needs to ensure stability and growth in these uncertain times.

“As retail is the largest sector of our economy, we want to see the Minister for the Economy establish a new retail strategy to grow our sector to ensure it is a leader in the new future private sector-led economy”