Since our last update we have seen some big changes at the Department of Education, with the long awaited Cabinet reshuffle taking place. The CBI looks forward to building on its relationship with new Education Secretary of State, Nadhim Zahawi MP. In our first meeting with the new Secretary of State, CBI Director General and President emphasised the need to continue the positive direction of travel through the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill. The CBI also stressed the need to go further and faster to build a skills system that is genuinely responsive to the skills needed to support the economy.
This month also saw the return of party conference season. The government used this as an opportunity to reiterate their commitment to skills as well as introduce some key policy announcements including a welcome extension of the Kickstart Scheme, as called for by the CBI earlier this year an