Institute for Apprenticeships Board Members wanted…

The Government has set itself a target of creating 3 million high-quality apprenticeships by 2020 as part of its ambitious agenda of skills reform and drive to increase productivity. To achieve these goals we need employers to invest more in training their workforce and for people to be trained to fill skills gaps. Government’s apprenticeships reform programme has seen employers take ownership of determining the skills and competencies that they need their apprentices to achieve to best serve their business.

The Institute for Apprenticeships (“the Institute”) will play a vital role in continuing this reform process and work on behalf of employers to support the delivery of quality apprenticeships in England. It is to be established as a Crown body, independent of Government and employer-led with a mandate set by Ministers. The Institute will:

  • act as the ultimate decision maker on approving apprenticeship standards and assessment plans to ensure they are of high quality, sufficiently stretching and with employer backing; and,
  • determine the maximum level of Government funding available for those standards and how much employers can claim for them.

The Board is the Institute’s governing body. In addition to the mandates set out above, it decides on issues of major importance including the Institute’s corporate strategy, key strategic objectives and oversees major decisions involving the use of financial and other resources.

Board members will bring together strategic input from business, employer representatives, academics and other senior representatives with expertise in particular aspects of apprenticeships and broader aspects of the skills landscape. All members contribute corporately to the Institute’s successful pursuit of its mission to ensure that apprenticeships are high-quality.

Person Specification

Candidates will be proven strategic thinkers able to contribute across a range of governance, policy and financial matters relating to apprenticeships and skills.

Members will bring a variety of business and other perspectives and have high level networks to support delivery and strategic influencing roles. The role will involve developing and managing effective relationships with senior stakeholders, seeking to bring them on board and win their commitment to the functions of the Institute.

Applications are sought from senior figures with expertise in business, employer representatives, academics and other senior representatives with expertise in particular aspects of apprenticeships and skills. Members must have the time and skills to contribute across a range of the Institute’s strategic and governance issues.

Remuneration: Up to £15,000, subject to skills and experience
Time Requirements: 2 days per month
Closing Date: 20/07/2016
Interviews: September

Full details of the job description and person specification can be found in the attached applicant pack.

How to Apply

Please submit you application by email in the first instance

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV (including nationality, education and professional qualifications, career history, and relevant achievements and responsibilities)
  • A covering letter demonstrating evidence of your ability to meet the criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria.
  • The completed Political Activity, Conflict of Interest and Diversity Monitoring questionnaire
IFA Applicant pack

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