Department for Education (DfE) to take responsibility for FE, skills and higher education.

July 14, 2016

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It was announced today that The Department for Education (DfE) has taken on responsibility for higher and further education policy as well as apprenticeships and wider skills.

Until now, the further and higher education sectors have been under the guidance of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the DfE’s responsibility for education and skills previously ended when pupils reached the age of 18.

This announcement comes along with the news that Nicky Morgan has been replaced as education secretary by Justine Greening, who previously held the post of secretary of state for the Department for International Development.

The addition of FE, skills and higher education to the DfE’s responsibilities will mean Ms Greening  takes on an expanded role following the resignation yesterday of Skills Minister Nick Boles.

Prior to his resignation, Mr Boles had announced in June that there would be a “little delay” to the anticipated updates about the Apprenticeship funding reforms planned for next year, which were expected at the end of last month.

The ministerial changes seen today suggest there may be a further delay in new information.

In response to today’s announcements, Sue Pittock, Remit Training’s CEO commented, “It is good to see that a successor to Nick Boles has been appointed swiftly. We look forward to hearing what Justine Greening’s plans and thoughts are, but it is a positive move to see Apprenticeships now come under the mandate of The Department for Education.”

On the potential delay in any further Apprenticeship levy updates, Sue continues, “There is a still a long way to go between now and when the Apprenticeship Levy was planned to come in, during April 2017. While we are yet to fully understand the timescale and impact of these changes we would urge businesses that are considering an apprenticeship programme not to wait but take advantage of the opportunity now. A training provider will be able to steer them through any changes to Apprenticeship funding that may be announced at a later date”.