New skills minister Robert Halfon hires his fourth apprentice

Robert Halfon, the new minister for apprenticeships and skills, has hired a new apprentice for his parliamentary office.

Mr Halfon announced on Twitter that he had just recruited his fourth apprentice yesterday morning.

The announcement comes just one week after Mr Halfon revealed that he was to take on the apprenticeships and skills brief vacated by Nick Boles.

The apprentice, called Owen, will be the fourth to work in Mr Halfon’s office since he became an MP in 2010. As well as hiring his own apprentices through Harlow College, in his constituency, Mr Halfon also helped to found the Parliamentary Academy. Through this scheme, set up by Westminster Kingsway College and the charity New Deal of the Mind (now known as the Creative Society), about 40 apprentices have been placed with the likes of Ed Miliband and culture minister Matthew Hancock. At present, there are around six or seven MPs with their own apprentices; the project is expected to be re-launched later this year with the aim of driving the number up further.

On his website, Mr Halfon writes that his previous three apprentices have “all gone on to great success from continuing their education at university or moving straight into a job in the House of Lords”.

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