Nick Boles resigns as skills minister.

‘Nick Boles has resigned as Skills Minister just hours before Theresa May is due to succeed David Cameron as prime minister. 

In a statement on Facebook, he said: "As David Cameron prepares to visit HM the Queen and tender his resignation I want to add my voice to those praising his remarkable service as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party".

"It was a huge privilege to be part of his Government. I want to thank him for offering me the opportunity to serve my country. I believe that this is the right time for me to return to the back benches."’  - Guardian

‘FE Week understands that a long-awaited update to the apprenticeship levy guidance was due to be released [on] July 14.

However, skills minister Nick Boles resigned … which makes it likely the government will delay any policy announcement before appointing and briefing a replacement.

Mr Boles announced at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers annual conference in June that there would be a “little delay” to the anticipated additional detail about the reforms, which was expected within the month.

He put the extended wait down to the British public’s decision to leave the European Union – but told delegates that the information could be expected before the summer recess.

The government had said in April that the additional guidance would cover on a number of critical areas, including provisional funding bands, which will set the maximum amount of funding that is available for each apprenticeship, and the provisional level of government support available towards the cost of apprenticeship training if you aren’t a levy paying employer.’ – FE Week


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