Search is on for 25 Further Education Governors – across the six FE colleges in Northern Ireland


The Department for Employment and Learning is seeking to make appointments to the Governing Bodies of the six Further Education colleges.

Governor positions available

Presently there are 25 governor positions available:


People with a wide range of skills, experience and backgrounds across the local community who either are or have been engaged or employed in business, industry or any profession are encouraged to apply.

The Governing Body of a Further Education college is responsible for securing the efficient and effective management of the college, including its financial performance and the quality of its teaching, learning and assessment.

Membership of a Governing Body is a challenging and exciting role. By playing your part in the leadership of our colleges, you will be supporting and contributing to the development of a dynamic and vibrant Further Education sector. Further Education is at the heart of lifelong learning, its aim being to strengthen economic development, enhance social cohesion and advance an individual’s skills and learning. It is recognised as central to delivering Northern Ireland’s vision of a buoyant economy.

Individuals may apply for membership of more than one governing body however may only serve on the governing body of one Further Education College at any given time.

Time Commitment

Being a member of a Governing Body does involve a time commitment. You will be expected to attend 7 to 9 full (evening) Governing Body meetings per year. You may also have significant involvement in sub-committees. Additional meetings will be called as required.


At present, college governors are not remunerated. However, a proposal to remunerate these posts is under active consideration. Travelling and subsistence allowances are payable.

Closing Date

The closing date is 12 noon on Monday 2 March 2015. Late applications will not be accepted. Completed application forms may be posted or emailed.

Application forms

Application forms and an information pack can be obtained from:

Marty Fullerton
FE Corporate Governance and Accountability
Room 203, Adelaide House
39-49 Adelaide Street
Belfast BT2 8FD
Tel: 028 9025 7461


Application forms and information packs can be made available in other formats. Candidates who require assistance will be facilitated upon request.

Women, people with a disability, ethnic minority communities and young people are currently under-represented on governing bodies.  DEL particularly welcomes applications from members of these groups.  


Interviews will take place in early to mid April 2015 and appointments will be made by the start of June, with a date of appointment of 1 August 2015.

Candidates who are not appointed but who are deemed suitable for appointment may be added to a reserve list used to fill any unforeseen vacancies which arise on the Governing Body to which they applied.  This reserve list will last for one year from the date of appointment of the successful candidate.

Equality of Opportunity

DEL is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit. Independent assessment, openness and transparency are integral parts of the process.  The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all individuals. Applications are welcome regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants.