Employment minister Alan Johnson has moved to the Department of Educationand Skills (DfES) as part of last week’s cabinet reshuffle. Johnson has left the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) after beingappointed the new minister of state for lifelong learning, further and highereducation, replacing his predecessor Margaret Hodge. The former postman and unionist is said to have impressed Prime MinisterTony Blair with his work at the DTI, which in-cluded a raft of new employmentlegislation and consultation. Before joining front-line politics, Johnson worked as the general secretaryof the Union of Communication Workers (1993-1995), and as joint generalsecretary of the Communication Workers Union (1995-97). He also sat on the TUCgeneral council. Johnson’s move to the DfES is also appropriate given the Government’sfurther education policy of continuous learning, because Johnson himself neverattended university. Johnson’s role has been divided between two ministers: Jacqui Smith, whowill be responsible for industry and the regions, and Gerry Sutcliffe, who willdeal with employment relations and legislation. In another development, Des Brown has replaced Nick Brown as minister forwork, while Malcolm Wicks takes over the vacant pensions role at the Departmentof Work and Pensions (DWP). By Ross WighamEmployment-related appointmentsDfESAlan Johnson, minister of state for lifelong learning, furtherand higher educationDWPDesmond Browne, minister for workMalcolm Wicks, minister for pensionsChris Pond, parliamentary under-secretaryDTIJacqui Smith, deputy minister for womenGerry Sutcliffe, minister for employment relations, competition and consumers Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Jobs minister moves DfES in Cabinet reshuffelOn 24 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.