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The Department for Employment and Learning (DEL, Irish: An Roinn Fostaíochta agus Foghlama[1], Ulster Scots: Depairtment for Employ an Learnin[2]), formerly the Department of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment (DHFETE), is a devolved Northern Ireland government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. The minister with overall responsibility for the department is the Minister for Employment and Learning.

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About

The Department's aim:

"To promote learning and skills, to prepare people for work and to support the economy."[3]

The Department's objectives:

  • "To promote economic, social and personal development through high quality learning, research and skills training; and
  • To help people into employment and promote good employment practices."[3]

The Department’s two main customer groups are:

  • "Individuals who are seeking to improve their levels of skills and qualifications or who require support and guidance to progress towards employment, including self-employment; and
  • Businesses in both the public and private sectors."[3]

The incumbent Minister is Reg Empey (Ulster Unionist Party).[4]

Responsibilities

The Department's four key areas of activity

  • Enhancing the provision of learning and skills, including entrepreneurship, enterprise, management and leadership.
  • Increasing the level of research and development, creativity and innovation in the Northern Ireland economy;
  • Helping individuals to acquire jobs, including self employment, and improving the linkages between employment programmes and skills development; and
  • The development and maintenance of the framework of employment rights and responsibilities.

History

Following a referendum on the Belfast Agreement on 23 May 1998 and the granting of Royal Assent to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 on November 19, 1998; a Northern Ireland Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive were established by the Labour government of Prime Minister Tony Blair. The process was known as devolution and was set up to give Northern Ireland devolved legislative powers. DEL is one of 11 devolved Northern Ireland Departments created in December 1999 by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and The Departments (Northern Ireland) Order 1999.

The department was named the Department of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment until 20 July 2001.[5]

Between 12 February 2000 [6] and 30 May 2000[7], and 15 October 2002[8] and 8 May 2007[9], however, devolution was suspended, and the Department became under the responsibility of Direct Rule ministers of the Northern Ireland Office. There were also two "technical" 24-hour periods of suspension on 11 August 2001 and 22 September 2001.[10][11][12][13][14]

Ministers for Employment and Learning

Minister Party Took office Left office
    Sean Farren Social Democratic and Labour December 2, 1999 February 11, 2000
Office suspended
    Sean Farren Social Democratic and Labour May 30, 2000 December 14, 2001[15]
    Carmel Hanna Social Democratic and Labour December 14, 2001 October 14, 2002
Office suspended
    Sir Reg Empey Ulster Unionist 8 May 2007
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Direct rule ministers

During the periods of suspension, the following ministers of the Northern Ireland Office were responsible for the department:

See also

References

  1. ^ "Customer Service Standards 2007-2008" (in Irish). Department for Employment and Learning. http://www.delni.gov.uk/customer_service_standards_2007_2008_translated_into_irish.pdf. Retrieved 2009-03-03.  
  2. ^ "Customer Service Standards 2007-2008" (in Ulster Scots). Department for Employment and Learning. http://www.delni.gov.uk/customer_service_standards_2007_2008_translated_into_ulster_scots.pdf. Retrieved 2009-03-03.  
  3. ^ a b c http://www.delni.gov.uk/index/about-the-dept.htm DEL
  4. ^ http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/index/your-government/devolved-government.htm Northern Ireland Executive
  5. ^ http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/northernireland/acts/acts2001/pdf/nia_20010015_en.pdf Department for Employment and Learning Act (Northern Ireland) 2001
  6. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Commencement) Order 2000
  7. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2000
  8. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2002
  9. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6634373.stm
  10. ^ Entries under 10 August and 21 September 2001, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/2933947.stm
  11. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2001
  12. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2001
  13. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
  14. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
  15. ^ Office suspended for 24 hours on 11 August 2001 and 22 September 2001

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