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STEM strategy needed 'to lure leading firms'

By John Mulgrew

Northern Ireland must invest more in key fields such as science and technology to ensure we can attract big-name firms here.

Jim Stewart of charity Sentinus was speaking about the need for training in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills after the announcement of 300 new Belfast IT jobs from London finance firm Tullett Prebon.

He said the main reason Belfast was chosen was "due to the availability of a highly educated and skilled workforce".

"We need to ensure that pipeline of talent does not dry up if we are to attract similar high quality jobs in the future," added Mr Stewart.

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