Employment and Learning

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Farry Stephen Farry Alliance 2:30 pm, 12th March 2013

I thank the Member for his questions.  On the latter point, it is not for me to prescribe the nature of those interventions and the type of organisations that should come forward, except to say that we are open to different types of partnerships being created.  He is also right to identify that the Southern Regional College has been proactive in that respect, with a range of projects in neighbourhood renewal areas.  I appreciate that what, sometimes, are defined as neighbourhood renewal areas, may not pick up the full subtleties that exist in smaller pockets of deprivation. 

Colleges NI is the umbrella body for colleges in Northern Ireland.  In addition to my Department, it is available to encourage the sharing of best practice across the network.