Employment and Learning

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Farry Stephen Farry Alliance 2:45 pm, 12th March 2013

I thank Mr Campbell for his comments. This report has to be seen as a watershed for the college. There is now the opportunity for a new beginning.  To develop the theme from my answer to Mr Ramsey, we have to see a college that services the wide catchment area that Mr Campbell identifies, ensures that it has the confidence of the wider business community and population of the area, actually delivers courses that are relevant to the area's growing economy and ensures that the skills that are inherent among people there are capitalised on fully.

There is a problem with industrial relations.  There is no running away from that.  Those issues have to be faced.  I believe that addressing them will be the key to unlocking even better performance by the college.

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