It has been over three weeks since Robert Halfon announced that he had been given the apprenticeships and skills brief. Now the Department for Education has finally confirmed Mr Halfon’s ministerial responsibilities.
The minister’s responsibilities include:
- careers education and guidance in schools
- apprenticeships (including arrangements for the introduction of the apprenticeship levy)
- funding for post-16 provision (including financial support for young people and adult learners)
- further education colleges, sixth-form colleges and local patterns of provision (including area reviews and city deals)
Previously the ministerial responsibility for careers information, advice and guidance was split between former skills minister, Nick Boles, who led on adult careers advice and guidance, and Sam Gyimah, former junior minister for childcare and education, who was responsible for careers advice for schools.
The announcement of Mr Halfon’s new duties comes after a report published July 5 by the House of Commons sub-committee on Education, Skills and the Economy. The report called for a more coordinated approach to careers provision across government:
It [government] should put a single minister and a single department in charge of coordinating careers provision for all ages, and set out how it plans to rationalise the number of government-funded organisations delivering careers programmes.