Do you want to make a real difference to the UK’s education and training profession, and ultimately the lives and opportunities of those they teach and train? Would you like to have a key role in the governance of a growing, national charity and contribute to its strategic decision making?
The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has vacancies for two trustees who will bring practitioner/teacher perspectives to the Board. We are looking for individuals who have a deep interest in contributing to strategic decision making and improving the delivery of education and training in the FE and training sector.
The ETF is the expert body for professional development and standards in the Further Education (FE) and Training sector. This sector includes colleges, independent training providers, third sector providers, adult community education, employer-providers, offender learning providers and more.
Our role is to commission and deliver Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for teachers, leaders and trainers to support government policy and meet sector needs. Our charitable purpose is to improve education and training for learners aged 14 and over.
We support the continuing transformation of our country’s technical and vocational education system by ensuring the sector has world-class teachers, trainers, assessors and leaders. This leads to ever-improving learner outcomes, a better skilled workforce and a stronger economy, country and society. The ETF believes that the key to improving education and training is to support teachers and their leaders to excel.
Everything the ETF does is in pursuit of:
The Board oversees the work of the ETF; it sets strategic direction, ensures proper financial arrangements are in place, and makes sure that the ETF remains focused on delivering better outcomes for learners. The successful applicants will be appointed as a trustee and full member of the Board; they will also be appointed to one of the Board’s committees.
As an ETF trustee you’ll have various responsibilities, including statutory (legal) duties; the Charity Commission’s The Essential Trustee guidance outlines these. We’ll offer a wide package of support (including a ‘trustee buddy’) and training to ensure you are able to contribute fully to the Board. We welcome applications from individuals with no experience of being a trustee or board member, as long as you have the skills required to contribute to the effectiveness of the Board and embrace the ETF’s values.
The ETF aims to support and enable the workforce to be more representative of the diversity of the FE and training learner population and at the same time have a diverse range of voices on our Board to shape our decision making. Therefore, we welcome applications from all backgrounds and would particularly encourage nominations from young, disabled or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals, along with individuals with ‘lived experience’ of the FE and training sector.
The successful applicants must have significant practitioner and/or teaching experience within an FE and training context. We also want to engage individuals with a strong understanding of the student/learner experience (for example, those who have worked within a student information, advice and guidance roles). Through these positions we are looking to build the Board’s understanding of practitioner and learner viewpoints and challenges.
In addition, all applicants must:
This isn’t a paid position, but expenses are paid. We can provide support with train and accommodation booking, if needed.
The total time commitment is approximately 10-12 days per year. The fixed meetings are as follows (with virtual meeting options available for some), with the remaining days encompassing mostly meeting prep work which doesn’t have to be completed at a fixed time:
The ETF and its Board values and recognises the benefits of diversity across its leadership and staffing. Diversity can encompass a wide variety of characteristics including age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, religion, nationality, experience and skills. We welcome applications for these positions from individuals from all backgrounds and would particularly encourage nominations from young, disabled or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals.
To apply, please submit your CV (3 pages max) and a brief supporting statement (around 2-400 words) including your reasons for applying and suitability for the post. Please ensure that in your application you outline the experience you have as a practitioner/teacher and or working with student/learners.
Please let us know with your application of any dates that are not convenient during the above periods.
The most recent Trustees’ Report & Annual Report can be found on the website, along with a variety of other materials including the latest brochure. You can find information re the current Board here and the ETF publishes its Board minutes on the website. Please review the ETF’s Strategy for further detail regarding our role, context and priorities (this is in the process of being updated for 2020-21).
If you would like further information about the role and/or the application process, please contact Gina Hobson, Governance Director (email@example.com; 07860 720583) in the first instance.