Ministerial role

Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

Responsibilities

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • apprenticeships including the apprenticeship levy, traineeships and institutes of technology
  • technical education and skills, including T-levels
  • careers education, information and guidance
  • post-16 funding (including support for young people and adult learners)
  • further education colleges, sixth-form colleges and local patterns of provision (including area reviews and city deals)
  • adult education, including the National Retraining Scheme
  • reducing the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training
  • leading on the review of funding across tertiary education

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP

Anne Milton was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education on 12 June 2017. She was elected as MP for Guildford (revised boundary) in 2010.

Education

Anne was educated at Haywards Heath Grammar School (which became Haywards Heath Sixth Form College in 1980, then Central Sussex College Sixth Form Campus in 2005) on Harlands Road in West Sussex.

Political career

Anne was appointed to the Health Select Committee, serving until December 2006, following her appointment as Shadow Minister for Tourism. In summer 2007 David Cameron appointed her Shadow Minister for Health. Between 2010 and 2012 she served as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Public Health), Department of Health and was appointed to the government as a whip with responsibility for HM Treasury and HM Household.

Career outside politics

Anne trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and worked for the NHS for 25 years, as a district nurse and for people requiring palliative care.

Personal life

Anne is married and has 4 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP

    • 2016 to 2017

Announcements

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  1. New levy to double annual investment in home-grown skills

    • Press release
  2. Institute for Apprenticeships to ensure quality skills training

    • News story
  3. Top-quality training providers announced in new register

    • News story
  4. The 10th National Apprenticeship Week 2017 ends on a high

    • News story
  5. Final building blocks in place for Institute for Apprenticeships

    • Press release
  6. DfE encourages more businesses to offer apprenticeships

    • Press release
  7. Network established to encourage diversity in apprenticeships

    • Press release
  8. Registration open for online apprenticeship service

    • Press release
  9. Robert Halfon: BETT 2017 speech

    • Speech
  10. Robert Halfon: careers speech at Westminster Academy

    • Speech