Robert Halfon was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education on 17 July 2016.
Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow and one of the new ministerial arrivals at the Department for Education back in 2010 became the first MP to hire an apprentice and has had one ever since.
He even teamed up with Westminster Kingsway College and the charity New Deal of the Mind (now known as the Creative Society) to establish the Parliamentary Academy, the first apprentice school for the Palace of Westminster.
Mr Halfon, was reported as saying in 2013, “if every MP – and there are 650 – had an apprentice, it would transform lives. I would love that. The culture in Parliament is that people get internships through connections, because they are people with family money. That’s just wrong. This will change the culture of Parliament.”
Since then, progress has been modest. But, with his elevated status within the DfE, Mr Halfon has the potential to extend the project’s reach and transform even more lives.
Mr Halfon’s predecessor Nick Boles visited the planned site of iMET, on Friday 1st April 2016 when he said “I am delighted to see that the LEP has secured this important investment in the skills that businesses need for future growth. The partnership approach behind iMET and the priority on working with businesses to understand their needs is an exemplar”. iMET similarly look forward to Mr Halfon’s support and ongoing involvement in the iMET project.
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