Jeff Cuthbert is Deputy Minister for Skills.
Jeff grew up in South Wales and was educated at Cardiff University. He has a degree in mining engineering and was President of Cardiff University Students Union from 1974-1975. He is currently an active member of the Unite trade union.
Prior to entering the National Assembly in 2003 Jeff was employed by the Welsh Joint Education Committee as the Head of the Asset to Industry Unit. This unit worked on the development of vocational and industrial qualifications and standards.
Jeff founded and chaired the Cross-Party Built Environment Group, the Cross-Party Healthy Living Group and the Cross Party Group on Diabetes. He co-founded and co-chaired the Cross-Party Beer and Pub Group. In the last Assembly Jeff Chaired the Committee on Standards of Conduct and also sat on the European and External Affairs Committee, the Enterprise and Learning Committee and Public Accounts Committee.
Jeff is involved with a number of local projects in Caerphilly, most notably he is the Chair of the Caerphilly Miners Community Centre Management Committee. His particular interests include the promotion of vocational education and skills training and he wants to see European funding used to raise skill levels within Wales.