New skills minister

22 Jul 2010

The decision to add Skills Minister, John Hayes to the ministerial team at the Department for Education seems a good move.  He will continue to be a minister at Business Innovation & Skills but will look after apprenticeships for 16 - 18 year-olds and careers education at the DfE. 

The move is welcome because links between the two departments need to be strengthened (it has always seemed odd to have 16-19 education split between two departments).

But more importantly Hayes will bring to the DfE an appreciation of technical and vocational education. By contrast, Schools Minister Nick Gibb seems to be only really interested in the traditional academic curriculum.

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