The Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills was created as a result of Machinery of Government Changes in June 2007.
The Government skills strategy “Building Professional Skills for Government” was launched in April this year. This includes a commitment to establish 500 additional Pathfinder apprenticeships from September 2008. Neither the Department nor its agencies have such apprenticeship arrangements in place yet. Government Skills are leading on implementation and plan to launch the Pathfinder apprenticeships over the summer.