Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Venue: Minor Hall, University of Ulster, Magee Campus

The meeting opened in public session at 10:35 am.

Election of Chairperson

In the absence of the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson, the Clerk asked Members to nominate a temporary Chairperson.

Mr Chris Lyttle MLA moved the motion, “That Mr Pat Ramsey MLA does take the Chair of the Committee”.  Mr Fra McCann MLA seconded the motion.

There were no other nominations.

Mr Pat Ramsey took the chair.

1. Apologies

Apologies are detailed above.

2. Chairperson’s Business

  • The Chairperson advised Members that a number of documents have been posted in Members pigeon holes.
  • Tasty Careers - Careers in the Food and Drink Industry - Case Studies
  • South Eastern Education and Library Board - Retention and Disposal of Documents Schedule
  • The Chairperson reminded the Members that the Committee sponsored fashion show, show-casing the work of the students of Belfast Metropolitan College was taking place tonight in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings.

3. Minutes of the meeting held on 5 June 2013

Agreed: The minutes of the meeting were agreed.

4. Matters arising

  • The Committee noted a list of matters arising from the previous meeting.
  • The Committee considered the issue of skills and vacancy shortages in industry and a request from Fra McCann MLA to draft a paper highlighting the industry areas in which these shortages exist.
    Agreed: The Committee agreed that the Clerk should draft a paper on the issue.

5. Correspondence

The Committee considered the following items of correspondence:

  • Correspondence from the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment to the Minister for Employment and Learning regarding the Knowledge Economy Index Report.
    Agreed: The Committee agreed to note the correspondence.
  • Response from Colleges NI regarding Public Sector Renewable Generation Uptake.
    Agreed: The Committee agreed to note the response.
  • Invitation from the Appleby Trust for the Committee to visit its offices in Armagh.
    Agreed: The Committee agreed to discuss the invitation at the planning day on 4 September 2013.
  • Departmental response to the Committee request for further information on the Review of Teacher Education.
    Agreed: The Committee agreed to note the response and to write to the Department of Education for further information on the proposed timeline.
  • Departmental response to the Committee request for further information relating to the Programme for Government (PfG) Targets Briefing.
    Agreed: The Committee agreed to note the correspondence.

6. Forward Work Programme

  • The Committee considered the draft Forward Work Programme up to 4 September 2013.

7. Briefing on Derry City Council’s Intermediary Labour Market Programme

Representatives joined the meeting at 10:41 am.

The Committee was briefed by Ms Tina Gillespie, Strategy Manager and Ms Geraldine ÓhEára, Intermediary Labour Market Officer on the Intermediary Labour Market Programme.

The briefing was followed by a question and answer session.

Agreed: The representatives agreed to provide the Committee with an update on the outcome of the Pathways to Success Collaboration and Innovation Fund (CIF) programme.

Representatives left the meeting at 11:04 am.

The Committee was suspended at 11:05am

The Committee resumed at 11:06 am

8. Briefing from School Employer Connections on its work

Representatives joined the meeting at 11:06 am.

The Committee was briefed by Mr Derek Hanway, Director, School Employer Connections and Mr Owen Crozier, Work Experience Programme Manager, Derry City Council on the work of School Employer Connections.

The briefing was followed by a question and answer session.

Representatives left the meeting at 11:44 am.

9. Briefing from Opportunity Youth on its Youth Works Programme

Representatives joined the meeting at 11:45 am.

The Committee was briefed by Mrs Anne-Marie McClure, Chief Executive, Mrs Kathleen Grego, Youth Works Programme, Mr Jordan Dillon, Participant on the Youth Works Programme and Mr Ryan Harkin, Participant on the Youth Works Programme on the Youth Works Programme.

The briefing was followed by a question and answer session.

Representatives left the meeting at 12:25 pm.

10. Any other Business

None.

11. Date, time and place of next meeting

Agreed: The Committee agreed that the next meeting should be held on Wednesday 19 June 2013 at 10:00 am in Room 29, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 12:25 pm.

Mr Pat Ramsey MLA
Temporary Chairperson, Committee for Employment & Learning

19 June 2013

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