Why the sector needs Milton to stay at the helm of apprenticeship and skills

Anne Milton MP has been the apprenticeship and skills minister for seven months, and will continue to be an education minister.

Nadhim Zahawi MP, former apprenticeship adviser to the PM, joins the DfE as a minister, mostly likely for childcare.

But as FE Week goes to press, two days after the junior minister reshuffle, the Department for Education is unable to confirm whether Milton or Zahawi will be responsible for apprenticeship and skills policy.

Individual ministerial briefs are determined by the new Secretary of State, and Damian Hinds appears in no rush to decide.

In all likelihood Milton will retain responsibility for apprenticeship and skills policy, which would be welcomed.

The apprenticeship levy is in full swing and T-Level plans cannot afford further delay.

So experience and continuity of leadership is what’s needed at this pivotal moment in the perpetual FE reform cycle.

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