Leadership and Governance Programmes

The ETF’s Leadership Development programmes, funded by the Department for Education, have been developed with key experts in the sector and from the world of leadership management. This includes key partners such as Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and the Chartered Institute of Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Ensuring FE sector leaders have the skills they need

In our role as the national workforce development body in the Post-16 Further Education and Training sector, these ETF programmes are designed to ensure that today’s sector leaders have the skills and development opportunities they need for their organisations – whether they are governors, CEOs/Principals, Chief Finance Officers or middle managers.

Developing tomorrow’s FE sector leaders

Developing tomorrow’s sector leaders and ensuring there is sound succession planning is equally as vital. Hence why we developed a programme for those who will become a CEO/Principal in the next few years alongside middle manager courses which are in development.

We also have clerks’ courses for those fulfilling those roles at colleges and a governor recruitment service.

Please explore the leadership opportunities available and if you require any further, please contact leadership@etfoundation.co.uk or call 020 3740 8280.

Board review service

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and Institute of Directors (IoD) are working in partnership to deliver a brand new board review service designed to help provider organisations meet the requirement to undertake regular external board reviews, a reform set out in the Government’s 2021 Skills White Paper and included in the 2021-22 ESFA funding agreement.

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Learn more about the ETF’s governance here