Excellence in education

East Hampshire is fortunate to have a range of excellent primary and secondary schools, as well as Alton College and the Future Skills Centre in Bordon that offers a a wide range of specialist construction courses.


The Department for Education offers an Education Hub with information on Post-16 options.


There are now a number of different routes that young people can take, including the recent introduction of T Levels, which are technical qualifications equivalent to A Levels. A range of T Level courses are available at Alton College as well as their sister site at South Downs College.

T Levels in construction skills are also available at the Future Skills Centre

To find out more about T Levels, go to T Levels 


There are also a wide range of apprenticeships available, covering 1500 different job roles across 170 industries, including 75 Higher and Degree apprenticeships also on offer. The National Apprenticeship Service provides comprehensive information at  https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

To find and apply for an apprenticeship: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

For details on Higher and Degree apprenticeships: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-and-degree-apprentice…

To recruit an apprentice: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-vacancies

The Apprenticeship & Skills Partnership offers free and impartial advice to organisations of any size across Hampshire and Surrey regarding apprenticeship and skills training. They can help organisations with finding the most suitable training provider or choosing the relevant apprenticeship or skills programme for them. They also offer guidance on funding apprenticeship training, levy transfers and sourcing apprentices. More details at https://www.theapprenticeshiphub.com/meet-the-team-north-hampshire-surr…

Funding is also available from East Hampshire District Council, working in partnership with Business East Hants, to subsidise wages and contribute towards transport and training for apprentices joining businesses in the East Hampshire district. For details: http://www.easthants.gov.uk/apprenticeships


A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months. For more information go to: https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship

The National Careers Service provides comprehensive information on this and other career paths: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/careers-advice/types-of-work-exp….



The Education Centre in the Houses of Parliament offers tours of the parliamentary estate for primary and secondary pupils.  Click here to book your place: UK Parliament Education Centre - Parliament UK Education

I also host a 'Taste of Parliament' two day session for sixth formers interested in politics from local schools and colleges.  This normally takes place during the October half term and consists of briefings with key departments, such as the Library and Hansard, a Q&A with me, and a tour of the chambers of both the Lords and the Commons. 



Question Time at Bohunt

Damian was delighted to join another fantastic Question Time-style discussion with over 150 students from the Bohunt Educational Trust and Bedales on Friday (10th March).

Apprenticeships making a difference in East Hants

To celebrate National Apprentice Week, Damian met apprentices at three great local businesses, D&A Home and Garden in Bordon, and two in Liphook, Print & Design IT and Rock-a-Fella barbers.  

Apprenticeships offer skills for life

This article was written by Damian and published in this week's Herald and Petersfield Post:

"This week is National Apprenticeship Week, and I’m looking forward to visiting several local East Hampshire businesses tomorrow, each employing apprentices.

The importance of numeracy

This article was written by Damian and published in this week's Herald and Petersfield Post:

a real 'Taste of Parliament'

This article was written by Damian Hinds and published in this week's Herald and Petersfield Post:

"It is always a pleasure to welcome young people from East Hampshire to Parliament coming on visits or school trips.   

Bikeability at Selborne Primary school

Damian thanked the team at Bikeability and staff and pupils at Selborne Primary School for inviting him to one of their training sessions; a fantastic scheme that teaches people (of all ages) how to enjoy cycling safely and more confidently.

Meeting primary school Headteachers

Damian thanked the East Hants Primary Heads Group for the opportunity to meet and discuss finances, special needs provision, technology and more...

Reading Bus launches in Liphook

Damian was delighted to visit Liphook Junior School for the official opening of their 'Liphook Express' Reading Bus, and said: