Established in 2017 by Mid Ulster District Council, the Mid Ulster Skills Forum is the first industry-led body of its kind in Northern Ireland and has its roots firmly in both the Council’s progressive economic development strategy and the region’s Community Plan.
The 30-strong partnership draws its membership from local businesses, colleges, universities, enterprise agencies, key sectoral business organisations, government departments and the Council.
The Forum commissioned an in-depth scoping study to map the current skills base across businesses and to identify areas for action to match education and skills provision to the critical workforce needs of local employers.
The study and its ambitious Skills Action Plan was launched in October 2018, which aspires by 2021 to:
"Support the creation of approximately 2,300 additional jobs in the Mid Ulster Council area through effective collaboration and partnership working".