The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has been split up and the Government’s skills and apprenticeship policy will now fall under the Department for Education (DfE).
It follows a long period of speculation about the future of education policy across government departments, with the division between DfE and BIS seen as a hindrance to closer working between the schools and further education sectors.
Justine Greening takes over from Nicky Morgan as education secretary and also becomes minister for women and equalities.
David Hughes, chief executive of the Learning and Work Institute said: “We recognise the opportunities created by bringing together [further education], skills and apprenticeships with schools and early learning. Joining these areas up can create a more coherent and seamless approach to lifelong learning, with a real advantage for students, learners and apprentices. I am looking forward to supporting the new minister and her team to realise those benefits”