Minister of State for Skills and Equalities

Nick Boles


Nick Boles MP was appointed as Minister of State jointly for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education on 15 July 2014. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford in May 2010.


Nick went to school at Winchester College before going on to study politics, philosophy and economics at Magdalen College, Oxford. He went on to do a Masters in public policy at Harvard University in the US after winning a Kennedy Scholarship.

Political career

Nick was elected to Westminster Council in 1998 and became Chairman of Housing. He was chairman of the Housing Committee from 1999 to 2001, before stepping down in 2002. In 2007, Nick was appointed as Head of David Cameron’s Implementation Team, which drew up the Conservative Party’s detailed plans for government.

In November 2010, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for Schools. He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning in September 2012.

Nick is also the founder, and a former director, of Policy Exchange, a centre right policy research institute.

Career outside politics

Nick spent the first 10 years of his career in business. He worked as a merchant banker for a few years in Germany, Russia and Eastern Europe, helping state owned industries prepare for private ownership. He and a friend later formed a small group of companies supplying the DIY industry.

Personal life

Nick lives with his partner Shay Meshulam.

Minister of State for Skills and Equalities

The minister is responsible for skills and equalities. 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 (how the further education and skills sector will regulate and manage its own activities)
  • pre-employment and basic skills
  • vocational qualifications
  • apprenticeships and traineeships
  • national colleges
  • careers advice and guidance
  • Skills Funding Agency

BIS responsibilities:

  • employer ownership of skills
  • retail, construction and rail business sectors
  • Commons responsibilities for intellectual property

DfE responsibilities:

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

Nick Boles is also responsible for implementing same sex marriage.

Before July 2014 this role was covered by the Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise.

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning

    • 2012 to 2014


  1. Young people

    • 26 March 2015
  2. Further education and training

    • 29 October 2014


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  1. Apprenticeships and traineeships move from strength to strength

    • 25 March 2015
    • Press release
  2. Online resource to help young people decide on their future

    • 24 March 2015
    • Press release
  3. Government secures skills boost for major infrastructure projects

    • 24 March 2015
    • Press release
  4. Teenagers NEET: numbers hit new low

    • 19 March 2015
    • Press release
  5. Tourism Council to consult industry on setting up Training Agency

    • 17 March 2015
    • News story
  6. Highest proportion of young people in education or training

    • 12 March 2015
    • Press release
  7. Employers unveil new industry designed apprenticeships

    • 12 March 2015
    • Press release
  8. Traineeships programme helping many into apprenticeships and jobs

    • 11 March 2015
    • Press release
  9. Number of young people NEET falls across the board

    • 26 February 2015
    • Press release
  10. Government joins forces with industry to get more women into engineering

    • 25 February 2015
    • Press release