Ministerial role

Minister of State for Skills


The minister is responsible for skills. This role is shared between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Education (DfE).

Joint BIS and DfE Responsibilities include:

  • further education - staffing, governance and accountability
  • localism in skills
  • pre-employment and basic skills
  • vocational qualifications
  • apprenticeships and traineeships
  • National Colleges
  • careers advice and guidance
  • Skills Funding Agency
  • employer ownership of skills

BIS responsibilities:

  • construction and rail business sectors
  • trade union and employment law
  • consumer and competition policy

DfE responsibilities:

  • raising the participation age (the age of compulsory participation in education or training until at least 18)
  • international education

From July 2014 to May 2015 this role included responsibility for Equalities. Before July 2014 this role was covered by the Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Nick Boles

    • 2014 to 2016


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  1. Technical education overhaul unveiled by Skills Minister

    • Press release
  2. UKAEA apprentices win 2016 Brathay Apprentice Challenge

    • News story
  3. Antony Jenkins appointed as shadow chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships

    • Press release
  4. UKAEA announced as Apprentice Team of the Year Finalist

    • News story
  5. Lord Sugar appointed government’s enterprise tsar

    • Press release
  6. Top apprentices to star in government campaign to get young people learning and earning

    • Press release
  7. Do it like Sir Alex

    • Speech
  8. Announcement of taskforce to look at improving accessibility of apprenticeships for people with learning disabilities

    • Press release
  9. Government confirms £80 million for National Colleges to deliver the workforce of tomorrow

    • Press release
  10. Trade Union Act becomes law

    • Press release