Skills minister Robert Halfon's responsibilities confirmed by government

9th August 2016 at 11:27
Mr Halfon's responsibilities include apprenticeships, careers guidance in schools and funding for post-16 provision

Robert Halfon has been officially confirmed as the government’s new minister of state for apprenticeships and skills.

The confirmation comes three weeks after the minister announced on Twitter that his remit would cover the FE sector.

His responsibilities will include careers education and guidance in schools, apprenticeships (including arrangements for the introduction of the apprenticeship levy) and funding for post-16 provision, as well as further education colleges, sixth-form colleges and “local patterns of provision”, covering area reviews and city deals.

'My dream job'

In his first interview since becoming skills minister, Mr Halfon told TES last week that the role was his "dream job" in government. In 2010 Mr Halfon became the first MP to hire an apprentice, and he helped to create the Parliamentary Academy – the first apprentice school for the Palace of Westminster.

Mr Halfon also said he wanted to see the introduction of a national living wage for apprentices, and called for parity of esteem between university degrees and apprenticeships.

“My dream is that if someone says at a dinner that they’re doing an apprenticeship and another person says they’ve been to Oxbridge, that people will be more ­impressed by the apprentice than the person who goes to Oxbridge ,” Mr Halfon said.

“We need to explain why apprentices are important. It’s not just about economic ­productivity, which, of course, is central to the country ­because our productivity is not as high as it should be. It’s also a matter of social justice.”

FE SPECIAL OFFER: click here to try out a TES Further Education subscription for just £1 for 4 weeks.

Want to keep up with the latest education news and opinion? Follow TES FE News on Twitter, like us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn


Related Content

Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today