Reshuffle must lead to skills system fit for 21st Century

15 July 2014

Responding to the reshuffle, Tom Stannard, Deputy Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“We welcome Nick Boles to his new role and look forward to working with him on the skills and lifelong learning agenda at a critical time for the economy and society. We must ensure we have a skills system fit for the 21st Century which will lead to prosperity for all. We are pleased that he will retain briefs in both the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education. This will lead to closer working relationships between the two departments, something we have called for in our manifesto. Matt Hancock will be a tough act to follow and we would like to congratulate him on his promotion. We are pleased that he’s staying within BIS. We also look forward to working with Greg Clark as the new Minister for Universities, Science and Cities. His experience of working on local growth will be vital in his new role, especially with the regional skills agenda.

“We also welcome Nicky Morgan to her new role as Secretary of State for Education. Family learning is high on our agenda and we are pleased that DfE has shown an interest in supporting our National Family Learning Forum. We are also keen to continue our close working relationship with the Department for Work and Pensions, not least on the Mid-life Career Review.

“We hope today’s reshuffle will lead to government departments – particularly BIS, DfE and DWP – working closer together. As we have stated in our manifesto, people having access to the learning they both want and need is crucial for the future well-being of our economy and society. This includes a range of training opportunities at work to meet skills gaps and skills shortages, families learning together to raise children’s attainment at school and people out of work having secure pathways to sustainable and fulfilling careers.”