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Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry today outlined a blueprint for the future of apprenticeships in Northern Ireland. 

Addressing the Assembly during an oral statement, the Minister detailed 32 proposals contained within his Department’s Review of Apprenticeships Interim Report and officially launched a 12 week consultation on the future of apprenticeship training and provision in Northern Ireland.

Today sees the release of December data from the Ulster Bank Northern Ireland PMI®. The latest report produced for Ulster Bank by Markit pointed to a further solid expansion of business activity in the Northern Ireland private sector, linked to another strong rise in new orders. Increased workloads led to an accumulation of outstanding business and the fastest rise in employment since mid-2007. Meanwhile, both input costs and output prices increased at sharper rates than seen in November. 

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today announced improvements to speed up the planning process in Northern Ireland. 

Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA has today outlined his optimism for the Northern Ireland economy in the year ahead at an event organised by the Kilkeel, Newcastle and Warrenpoint Chambers of Commerce.
 

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has issued its New Year message.

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