permanent secretary recognises importance of upskilling for public servants


Public servants at the forefront of improving financial management in a period of cuts in Northern Ireland’s public sector will be awarded certificates today by Alan Shannon, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Employment and Learning.

The presentation will take place at an awards ceremony to be held by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) today at Belfast City Hall.

Congratulating those receiving the awards, Mr Shannon said:

“Skills attainment is essential for growth in the economy.  To have the workforce we need in 2020 we must compete internationally. That’s why I’m delighted to recognise this significant achievement.’

A total of 43 students will be presented certificates, all of whom are already working across a wide range of organisations within the public sector in Northern Ireland.  They have all graduated with CIPFA, the only UK accountancy body to specialise in public services, or have gained qualifications with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) through their studies at CIPFA, the only AAT accredited training provider in Northern Ireland.

David Nicholl, Head of CIPFA in Northern Ireland, said:

‘Many congratulations to all the students who will be receiving their CIPFA and AAT certificates. They will be providing the skills that are essential if efficient public services are to be maintained.’


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CIPFA NI contacts are:

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