The Department for Education has now taken control of skills, apprenticeships and higher education in an expansion of its remit.
The Hawlow MP Robert Halfon has been appointed as a Minister of State at the Department for Education (DfE). He succeeds Nick Boles who quit from the role last week.
He has expressed his delight this afternoon (July 19) to have been given ministerial responsibilities for apprentices and skills.
Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, said:
We are delighted that with his credentials for championing apprenticeships Robert Halfon has been given the skills brief.
We must maintain the momentum to ensure that the 3m target is hit and any dip is likely to damage the chances of building up apprenticeship numbers.