Boles to appear before Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy

Skills Minister Nick Boles will face a grilling from MPs on the Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy on Monday (January 25).

A spokesperson for the committee, created from sub-committees of the Education and the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) select committees, said Mr Boles would be questioned on a number of FE-related issues including apprenticeships, careers advice, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.

“The committee will [also] quiz Mr Boles about his role as a joint Minister in the Departments for Education and Business, Innovation and Skills, and about how effectively two departments work together on education and skills matters,” the spokesperson added.

It comes after the committee launched an inquiry into careers advice, information and guidance before Christmas, as reported in FE Week.

It is looking at issues such as the quality of current careers advice and its effectiveness in supporting people into apprenticeships, focusing in particular on developments since publication of the Education Committee report Careers guidance for young people: The impact of the new duty on schools, in 2013.

The committee held its first meeting on December 7 and is jointly chaired by Iain Wright (pictured above left), MP for Hartlepool and chair of the BIS Select Committee and Neil Carmichael (pictured above right), MP for Stroud and chair of the Education Select Committee.

Monday’s hearing is due to start at 4.30pm.

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