Creation of 50,000 new jobs over decade would move us towards sustainable economy, says Long, as Alliance launches Green New Deal

The creation of 50,000 new jobs over the next decade would help Northern Ireland move towards a sustainable and green economy, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has said. The call comes as the party launches its Alliance Green New Deal, a major policy document designed to tackle not only the climate emergency but a range […]

Armstrong welcomes youth employment scheme but says it should have been established months ago

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said while a new scheme for youth employment is welcome, it should have been established months ago. The JobStart scheme, which was originally due last year, is designed to support 16-24-year-olds who are facing difficulties getting into employment due to the pandemic. Strangford MLA Ms Armstrong said the […]

Armstrong questions if Department intends to deliver youth employment programmes

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has questioned if the Department for Communities intends to deliver youth employment programmes after receiving confirmation tenders for an employment scheme have been paused. The Work Ready Employment Service is designed to help those who have lost their jobs, but are ready to start work in a similar or […]

Dickson urges Minister to stand up for fair redundancies for Debenhams and Arcadia workers

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has urged the Economy Minister to stand up for fair redundancies for those currently employed by Debenhams and the Arcadia Group. Debenhams stores are set to close, with Arcadia – owner of shops such as Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins – has gone into administration, putting thousands of jobs at risk. […]

SERCO is ‘out of line’ with redundancy plan, says Alliance

North Down Alliance Party representatives have urged SERCO to rescind planned redundancies in North Down saying they are appalled at the treatment of staff employed by the SERCO run leisure facilities across the borough, with many facing redundancy. Andrew Muir MLA and Councillor Connie Egan have said the company is “acting completely out of line” […]

Apprenticeship Week opportunity to gain skills, says Eastwood

Alliance Councillor Sorcha Eastwood has said Apprenticeship Week 2020 provides an excellent opportunity for people to gain invaluable skills and experience. Councillor Eastwood was speaking as events took place across Northern Ireland for the week, which runs until this Friday (February 7). She said it was a chance to help drive economic growth here. “Apprenticeships […]