Gillian Keegan moves on from her post as Skills Minister to Department of Health and Social Care as a result of the Government reshuffle. Gillian was a former Apprentice and was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education on Friday 14th February 2020 (so was in post through the height of the sector dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic).
Gillian Keegan is the Conservative MP for Chichester, and has been an MP continuously since 8 June 2017.
She grew up Knowsley in Liverpool. In fact, she was the first degree level apprentice in the House of Commons. She previously worked with previous Skills Minister Matt Hancock at the Department for Health and Social Care.
Toby Perkins @UKLabor responds to abolition of Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills
Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Further Education and Skills, responding to the abolition of the role of Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, said:
“Skills shortages are holding our economy back. For all his warm words, the Prime Minister’s decision to scrap the dedicated skills minister shows he isn’t serious about reskilling our workforce for the future.
“Labour is clear skills are our priority post-pandemic, ensuring we have a workforce equipped for the future. Our recent announcement to create 100,000 new apprenticeships stands in stark contrast to the government clawing back levy funds from companies.”
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