Harlow MP Robert Halfon Announced as New Minister for Apprentices and Skills

July 20, 2016


Harlow MP Robert Halfon has been handed ministerial responsibilities for apprentices and skills.

Following the resignation last week of former skills minister Nick Boles, Mr Halfon tweeted the news yesterday, “Delighted to have been given brief of minister of state for apprentices & skills by SoS.”

Previously a minister without portfolio he joins an expanded Department for Education which includes FE and HE, under the leadership of new education secretary Justine Greening.

Mr Halfon is well known for his work with Apprenticeships having worked with the Creative Society to set up the Parliamentary Academy, the first apprentice school in the UK Parliament.

It has yet to be determined whether Mr Halfon’s role will differ in any way from his predecessor’s.

Mr Halfon’s first job may be to provide an update on the Apprenticeship Levy.

The government had been due to provide further funding information for apprenticeship reforms last month, but prior to his departure, former skills minister Nick Boles warned that there had been a “little delay”.

With the Department for Education expanding its remit to include higher and further education policy as well as apprenticeships and wider skills, a briefing document from the House of Commons has suggested more news to follow that will include a flexibility and simplification of funding arrangements for apprenticeships now in a single department.