Board vacancies

Board Member and Trustee x2 (Practitioner)

Time commitment: around 10-12 days per year
Location: primarily central London, with virtual meeting options provided
Term of office: three years (with the potential for one further term)

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:

  • Highly effective, professionally confident teachers and trainers
  • First class leadership of the sector
  • FE as a career of choice for ambitious professionals who want to make a difference.

About the roles

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.

Knowledge, skills and experience

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:

  • Understand and appreciate the importance of the FE, training and skills sector, and have a commitment to the values and strategic objectives of the ETF
  • Have strategic vision
  • Have the confidence to speak their mind and contribute to Board meetings
  • Be able to devote the necessary time and effort to the role
  • Act fairly and impartially, using independent judgement and maintaining confidentiality
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Work effectively in a team and take decisions in the interests of the ETF
  • Be able to think creatively and flexibly
  • Be able to listen to and welcome alternative opinions and experiences

Remuneration and time commitment

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:

  • Four Board meetings per year (around 3 hours per meeting), which trustees are expected to attend.
  • Up to three committee meetings per year (around 2 hours)
  • Annual Board away day and AGM (1 day)

Equal opportunities

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.

How to apply and key dates

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 also complete and return the equal opportunities monitoring form. Please direct applications to the Dr Gina Hobson, Company Secretary, at

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Fri 30 October

Interviews (virtual option will be available): will take place during the weeks of 9 and 16 November

Please let us know with your application of any dates that are not convenient during the above periods.

Further information

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 (; 07860 720583) in the first instance.