The Department of Education (DE) and the Department for the Economy (DfE) work closely together on cross-cutting issues related to the education and training provision for 14 to 19 year olds.

The Departments have a shared focus on young people having access to the right courses; on quality teaching and learning; on careers provision; on helping young people avoid being part of the not in employment, education or training (NEETs) statistics, and STEM.

Both Departments are determined to enhance the contribution of schools, further education, higher education and training to the development of the local economy.

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