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Creating the good economy through job creation

NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment (CEE) welcomes two influential voices in UK economics and politics, Stewart Lansley and Matthew Taylor, to its conference this December - Creating the good economy through job creation.

The rise in unemployment is one of the most devastating consequences of the current economic difficulties. In Northern Ireland, the unemployment rate has increased from 3% in 2007 to 8% in 2012. Youth unemployment is a staggering 24%.

Good employment is an essential part of a good economy and society. It not only provides a livelihood, but also a sense of dignity and self-worth.

This conference brings together a variety of people to discuss what more we can and should do to create jobs and reduce unemployment. We know there are no easy solutions to the challenges facing the Northern Ireland economy; but if we are serious about creating a good economy we must ensure that job creation is central to any revival in economic growth.

The conference will be opened by a senior representative from the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister. This year’s keynote addresses will be delivered by widely respected economist and financial journalist Stewart Lansley whose recent book ‘The Cost of Inequality’ was described as deserving of ‘a wide hearing and an urgent place on the policy agenda’ by the Times Higher Education, and Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) who is a former Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to Tony Blair and is a renowned social innovator and thinker.

An impressive list of local speakers from the academic, business and voluntary and community sectors will share their views and visions for job creation and the economy. These speakers include: Angela McGowan, (Chief Economist Northern Bank); Ian Coulter, (CBI Chairman); Timothy Brundle, (Director of Innovation University of Ulster); Seamus O’Prey, (General Manager ORTUS, Chairman UCIT); Mark Langhammer, (Director Association of Teachers and Lecturers); and Maeve Monaghan, (Chief Executive NOW).

Creating the good economy through job creation takes place on Tuesday 4 December at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast. For more information or to book your place at this year’s conference visit www.nicva.org/events.

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