Department for Employment and Learning


Department for Employment and Learning
Department for Employment and Learning
Department overview
Formed 1998
Headquarters Adelaide House
Adelaide Street
Belfast BT2 8FD
Minister responsible Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning
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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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Aim

DEL’s overall aim is to “promote learning and skills, to prepare people for work and to support the economy”. [3]

The incumbent Minister is Dr Stephen Farry (Alliance Party of Northern Ireland). [4]

Responsibilities

The department is responsible for policy in the following areas: [5]

  • employment
  • further education
  • higher education
  • skills and training
  • employment rights and responsibilities

The Department of Education is responsible for all other levels of education in Northern Ireland [6].

DEL’s main counterparts in the United Kingdom Government are:

In the Irish Government, its main counterparts are:

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 19 November 1998, a Northern Ireland Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive were established by the United Kingdom government under Prime Minister Tony Blair. The process was known as devolution and was set up to return devolved legislative powers to Northern Ireland. 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 but was changed to its current title as the initials DHEFETE were pronounced as "Defeat".[11]

A devolved minister first took office on 2 December 1999. Devolution was suspended for four periods, during which the department came under the responsibility of direct rule ministers from the Northern Ireland Office:

Since 8 May 2007, devolution has operated without interruption.

Ministers for Employment and Learning

Minister Party Took office Left office
    Sean Farren SDLP December 2, 1999 February 11, 2000
Office suspended
    Sean Farren SDLP May 30, 2000 December 14, 2001[20]
    Carmel Hanna SDLP December 14, 2001 October 14, 2002
Office suspended
    Sir Reg Empey Ulster Unionist 8 May 2007 27 October 2010
    Danny Kennedy Ulster Unionist 27 October 2010 5 May 2011
    Stephen Farry Alliance 16 May 2011

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. ^ Northern Ireland Budget 2011-15, page 53
  4. ^ http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/index/work-of-the-executive/ministers-and-their-departments.htm Northern Ireland Executive
  5. ^ DEL: About the Department
  6. ^ About the Department of Education
  7. ^ BIS: About BIS
  8. ^ DWP: About DWP
  9. ^ Department of Education and Skills: Functions
  10. ^ Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation: About the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation
  11. ^ http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/northernireland/acts/acts2001/pdf/nia_20010015_en.pdf Department for Employment and Learning Act (Northern Ireland) 2001
  12. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Commencement) Order 2000
  13. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2000
  14. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2001
  15. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2001
  16. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
  17. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
  18. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2002
  19. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2007
  20. ^ Office suspended for 24 hours on 11 August 2001 and 22 September 2001

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