Theresa May is wasting no time shaking up government departments as she starts her first full day as PM. Amid the cabinet reshuffle has been a reorganisation of several government departments, the most notable of which has been the removal of the responsibility for skills from the Dept of Business. Going forward the skills brief will come under the aegis of the Dept of Education.
Reaction is so far limited, buta spokesperson for the Association of Employment and Learning Providers said: “Having apprenticeships and traineeships under one roof could be a very positive move. We might see finally see the creation of an all-age careers service in England too.”
“We look forward to hearing Ms Greening set out her stall and welcome her to her new post.”
In a further shakeup, Business Secretary Sajid Javid has left his post and moved to become Communities Secretary, in a move that will disappoint some observers who have been impressed with Javid’s calm in handling the immediate turmoil in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Taking over from Javid is Greg Clark, who inherits a widened brief – Clark is now Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy which suggests that the rumoured move of climate change being rolled into business may indeed happen. Clark had been Communities Secretary and before that, he held the post of Minister for Universities, Science and Cities.