Appointed in January 2018, the MP for East Hampshire replaced Justine Greening and oversaw the arrangements for T-levels, which proved controversial throughout his first few months in submitting. In May 2018, he changed into asked through the Department for Education’s permanent secretary Jonathan Slater to put off the release of the new technical qualifications after raising issues over timescales. Hinds refused this request within the first-ever ministerial path issued with the aid of a training secretary.
During his tenure, he’s also pledged to build a “new technology” of better technical qualifications at stages 4 and 5 and introduced 12 new Institutes of Technology. He’s additionally released a debatable assessment of qualifications at stage 3 and under to crack down on “terrible first-rate put up-sixteen qualifications” – that can see the chop of many famous carried outgenerals along with BTECs.
In phrases of apprenticeships, Hinds didn’t oppose the drop in starts since the 12 months earlier than the levy reforms had been added in 2016/17. He becomes forced to envisage to the Commons schooling committee last month that the government will omit its tons-vaunted 3 million apprenticeships begins goal. On the pinnacle of this, the apprenticeship price range may want to quickly move bust due to more luxurious better stage apprenticeships being taken than was predicted.
While Hinds has been helming the Department for Education, the college insolvency regime has been rolled out and claimed its first university, Hadlow, which went into administration in May. Another massive trouble within the area that came into impact the equal month Hinds took up his put is the Baker Clause. In January 2019, the Institute for Public Policy Research found two-thirds of colleges have been flouting the clause; so, later that month, Hinds stated he could write to faculties who prevent FE carriers from speaking to students about technical training. However, this wouldn’t be “achieved lightly.”
Like Milton, who resigned the day past, Hinds had supported Jeremy Hunt for the management best to see him lose to Johnson. Before his function on the DfE, Hinds was elected to the training pick-out committee and served until October 2012. He also chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on social mobility, served as assistant authorities whip from July 2014 until March 2015, exchequer secretary to the Treasury from May 2015 till July 2016, and minister for the Department of Work and Pensions from July 2016 to January 2018.