Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

The Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP


Robert Halfon was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education on 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Harlow in May 2010.


He attended the University of Exeter, where he read for a bachelor of arts degree in politics before a master of arts in Russian and East European politics.

Political career

Robert Halfon was Co-Chairman and then Vice Chairman of the Further Education, Skills and Life-Long Learning All-Party Parliamentary Skills Group.

Between July 2014 and May 2015 Robert was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor. He served as Minister without Portfolio from May 2015 until July 2016.

Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • apprenticeships (including arrangements for introduction of the apprenticeship levy), traineeships
  • technical education and skills
  • 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

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister without Portfolio

    • 2015 to 2016


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  1. National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 winners announced

    • News story
  2. Thousands of apprentices set to transform the public sector

    • Press release
  3. Equal opportunities for people who use British Sign Language

    • Press release
  4. Institute for Apprenticeships guidance published for consultation

    • Press release
  5. Funding awarded to Education and Training Foundation

    • News story
  6. Apprenticeship success at the skills show

    • News story
  7. Robert Halfon: Association of Colleges Conference 2016

    • Speech
  8. Millions invested in degree apprenticeships

    • Press release
  9. Technical education fit for the workforce of tomorrow

    • News story
  10. Paul Morrell to advise major review of industrial training boards

    • Press release