Hancock: I am passionate about continuing Hayes’ work
The new skills minister Matthew Hancock has pledged to continue the good work done by the departed John Hayes.
Hayes, Conservative MP for South Holland and The Deepings, has been moved to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, where he replaces Charles Hendry as Minister of State for Energy.
And Hancock, the Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning believes that skills are vital in creating economic growth and giving young people the best possible chance in life.
"My predecessor John Hayes has done an excellent job in creating record growth in apprenticeships with 457,000 people starting last year. That's 250,000 more over this parliament than the last Government planned," he said.
"John Hayes also instigated a drive to improve the quality of training, which I am passionate about continuing. I am looking forward to receiving the Doug Richard review into improving the quality of apprenticeships, and implementing measures which will make sure businesses have the skills they need for the future.
"Having attended West Cheshire College I am aware both of the life changing opportunities that Further Education colleges offer, and the tough challenges they face.
"Skills are vital in creating economic growth and giving young people the best possible chance in life."
The work done by Hancock's predecessor was also praised by Graham Hoyle, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers.
"John's strong championing of high quality apprenticeships as the flagship skills programme has served both the sector and the economy very well during challenging times. The biggest tribute I can pay is that the economic pay-off from his legacy will still be felt in years to come, so you could never apply the epithet 'here today, gone tomorrow politician' to John Hayes," he said.