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Northern Ireland

  • 83% of firms employ no women outside of administrative roles. Those that do, only employ a small percentage.
  • There are opportunities to utilise female staff to visit clients from vulnerable or ethnic groups who would be uncomfortable with a male operative.
  • 17% of firms have employees from ethnic minority groups working in technical roles.
  • Only 17% of firms stated they employ migrant workers at present.
  • 80% of employers need their craft workforce to be trained to Level 3.
  • 47% undertake training of management and supervisory staff.
  • 70% felt there was a need for technician training at National and Higher National Certificate level.
  • Northern Ireland employers are responding well to new IT which shows considerable commitment, with varying degrees of expertise amongst staff.
  • The Northern Ireland Executive is spending £59 million over the next two years to develop and implement renewable energy in the country and specifically within new dwellings.

Source: The dawn of a new era for building services engineering skills Sector Skills Agreement Northern Ireland final report 2008 and Skills Priorities and Challenges for the Building Services Engineering Sector in Northern Ireland 2010