The Queen has approved the appointment of John Hayes MP as Minister of State at the Department for Education in addition to his current role as Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. As Minister of State at the Department for Education he will be responsible for apprenticeships (16 to 18) and careers advice.

John Hayes said:

I am delighted to be able to take on this new role and look forward to helping take forward the government’s work on careers advice and apprenticeships for young people.

I am completely committed to ensuring people of all ages have access to learning and the skills they need to get on in their lives and careers.

As Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, John Hayes is responsible for

  • further education
  • adult skills
  • Skills Funding Agency
  • skills strategy
  • lifelong learning
  • informal adult learning
  • Apprenticeships
  • UK Commission for Employment and Skills
  • sector skills councils
  • workplace training reforms
  • qualifications reform programme.