Department for Education

Gillian Keegan is the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills at the Department for Education.

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • strategy for post-16 education (jointly with Minister of State for Universities)
  • technical education and skills including T Levels and qualifications review
  • apprenticeships including traineeships
  • further education workforce
  • further education provider market including quality and improvement and further education efficiency
  • adult education, including the National Retraining Scheme and basic skills
  • Institutes of Technology and National Colleges
  • reducing the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training
  • careers education, information and guidance including the Careers and Enterprise Company



DfE News: The DfE is backing FE

After a landmark speech from the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson earlier this month the DfE have ringfenced £96 million to support disadvantaged students whose studies have been disrupted due to Covid-19.

DfE News: Thousands of places created in new special free schools

Over 3,000 extra school places to be created for pupils with the most complex needs

Up to 3,000 new school places are to be created for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), providing tailored support and specialist equipment.

Guidance: Student number controls

The measures to protect students and universities during the coronavirus outbreak, including temporary student number controls and additi