The Tech Partnership - Northern Ireland

Accelerating the growth of the Northern Ireland digital economy

Northern Ireland by night

The Tech Partnership is creating the skills for the digital economy. We act for the good of all by inspiring young people about technology, accelerating the flow of talented people from all backgrounds into technology careers, and helping companies develop the technology skills they need for the future.

Who we are

  • A growing network of employers, collaborating to create the skills to accelerate the growth of the digital economy.
  • Responsible for the Sector Skills Council for the tech sector and digital.

Employer Board for Northern Ireland

The Tech Partnership Employer Board for Northern Ireland comprises:

• Joy Chambers - Workforce Solutions Area Leader, Allstate
• Angela Canavan - Chief Operations Officer, Asidua
• Ed Brown - Chief Executive Officer, Capita Plc
• John Patrick Healy - Senior Vice President, Head of ICG Technology, Citi
• Barry Lowry - Head of IT Assist, Department of Finance and Personel
• David Mawhinney - (Chair) Managing Director, Equiniti ICS Limited
• Brendan Duffy - Chief Technology Officer, First Derivatives
• Mike Crow - Head of Applications & Managed Services, Fujitsu
• Michael Black - Chief Financial Officer, Intel
• Paul Hamill - Director of Operations, Kainos
• William Hamilton - Managing Director, Liberty IT
• Matt Halligan - Vice President of Engineering, Openwave Mobility

Our work

In Northern Ireland, we are working with employers and stakeholders to:

• inspire future talent with employer-backed careers programmes such as the Bring IT On careers (for 12+), the Junior BIO careers (for 8-12 year-olds), and TechFuture Girls 

• help young people build practical IT skills through apprenticeships 

• improve higher education opportunities with support from employers for GCSEs, GCEs and apprenticeships

• provide better support for IT professionals

• encourage organisations to offer more IT training

Also, find out more about our latest research into supply and demand for ICT labour and skills in Northern Ireland, with the ICT Snapshot May 2014.

Contact us

To get involved or if you have any questions regarding our programmes in Northern Ireland, please contact

Latest news

  • New Trailblazer Apprenticeship standard for Cyber Security - your chance to comment


    The Tech Partnership is inviting employers, training providers and others to input on the draft Trailblazer Apprenticeship standard for Cyber Security Professionals. Please feedback by Friday 24th July. 

  • SFIA version 6 launched to drive the digital age


    Version 6 of SFIA, (the Skills Framework for the Information Age) has been launched today at the Developing Digital Talent conference 2015 jointly hosted by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, the Tech Partnership and the SFIA Foundation.

  • ITMB students net top Wimbledon placement


    All eyes will be on Wimbledon for the next two weeks as the world’s top tennis players fight it out to win the coveted trophy. What those lucky enough to be at Wimbledon and everyone watching at home often don’t realise if the role that tech plays in powering the tournament.

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