Non Executive Directorships

Non-Executive Board Member of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Location: London, Coventry and other locations as required.

Date Posted: 13/03/2020

Closing Date: 17/04/2020

Vacancy Description

The Government has set itself an ambitious agenda to improve the quality of apprenticeships and technical education, to drive an increase in 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.

The Government’s apprenticeships reform programme is now established and has seen employers take ownership of determining the skills and competencies that they need their apprentices to achieve to best serve their business. The first T Levels will be delivered from September 2020 to provide a high-quality technical option for young people aged 16 to 19.

 

The Institute was established as a Crown Non-Departmental Public Body, independent of Government and employer-led with a mandate set by Ministers. The Institute is playing a vital role in continuing the apprenticeship and technical education reform process and works on behalf of employers to support the delivery of high quality apprenticeships and T Levels in England. The Institute enables apprentices or learners to be confident that their apprenticeship or T Level is of high quality, respected and will help them to build a career with a clear market value.

 

The Institute:

 

  • Acts as the ultimate decision maker on approving apprenticeship standards and assessment plans to ensure they are of high quality, sufficiently stretching and kept occupationally relevant, with employer backing.
  • Advises on the maximum level of government funding available for those standards, so that they represent good value for money.
  • Is responsible for Technical Qualifications, which are the main, classroom-based element of the T Level.
  • Will play a role in the reform of Higher Technical Qualifications.

 

The Institute’s Board has a diverse range of experience and is primarily made up of employers, education and business leaders. The Institute currently has around 200 staff, based on two sites in London and Coventry.

 

The Institute’s Board ensures that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control. In particular, the Board has collective responsibility for establishing and taking forward the strategic direction of the Institute, having regard to the Strategic Guidance issued to the Institute by the Government each year.

 

  • Board members must assure that the Institute develops high-quality apprenticeships and technical qualifications, so they are viewed and respected as highly as other education routes. In driving forward this ambition, Board members will develop and manage effective relationships with senior stakeholders, be a visible authoritative presence on the public stage when necessary, be a credible figure with employers and a champion for apprentices and technical education.
  • Board members must always observe the highest standards of probity, impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to management of the organisation and when making strategic decisions, ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are always observed.
  • Board members operate on the principles of collective responsibility, support and respect. Members are provided with all information necessary to ensure vigorous debate and effective decision-making. Members may request any additional information they deem necessary to ensure that the decision-making process is sufficiently well informed and robust.
  • Board members should speak with one voice in public on Institute matters. Board members should not make press or public statements in respect of the Institute’s affairs without the permission of the Chair (or, in the absence of the Chair, the Chief Executive). Briefing and assistance for Board members making public statements is provided.
  • Decisions of the Board are normally reached by consensus and only in exceptional circumstances should a formal vote be necessary. All decisions of the Board are recorded. Minority views are not normally be made public although, if a vote is necessary, the outcome of that vote is be recorded in the Board minutes.
  • If a Board member resigns because of a disagreement with a Board decision, they may state the basis for the disagreement but may not publicly disclose the views of other Board members.
  • There is an expectation that Board members will serve on at least one Board Committee.

 

Person Specification

Candidates will be proven strategic thinkers able to contribute across a range of governance, policy and financial matters relating to apprenticeships, skills and technical education. The role involves 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 business or public sector figures whose organisations recruit through a range of entry routes, who employ a significant number of apprentices and who understand the challenges and opportunities faced by businesses following the technical education reforms. Members must have the time and skills to contribute across a range of the Institute’s strategic and governance issues.

 

Essential criteria

 

A successful candidate will have the following essential criteria:

 

  • Exceptional leadership skills, with experience of working at board level;
  • Proven ability to drive cultural change, with a track record of delivering outstanding results;
  • A proven track record of commanding respect from employers, both big and small, at a senior level;
  • Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to communicate complex issues clearly, both privately and on the public stage;
  • An understanding of the government’s vision for apprenticeships, skills and technical education, and a passion and determination for it to succeed;
  • An understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by employers;
  • A commitment to maintaining the independence of the Institute whilst at the same time ensuring it delivers the government’s aims.

 

For one of the two posts, a successful candidate will have:

 

  • Proven financial skills that will support the Institute’s financial capability at board level and its work on securing value for money in the apprenticeships programme;
  • A strong background in regulatory work, with the ability to provide sufficient challenge on regulatory effectiveness and compliance.

 

Desirable criteria

 

For one of the two posts, we are particularly interested in appointing a candidate from the digital industries.

 

Applicants will be assessed against these criteria in their application form and at any subsequent interview.  In the event that we receive a large number of applications, those which do not clearly demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by employers, and exceptional leadership skills with experience of working at board level, will be rejected at the first sift stage.

 

Additional Information

For details of the board and the work they do please visit https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/about/

How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by email to:

 

PublicAppointments.APPLICATIONS@education.gov.uk

 

  1. A covering letter not exceeding two sides of A4 paper. (Arial size 12).
  2. A CV.
  3. Candidate application form.
  4. Diversity form.

 

Please include the vacancy title in the subject box and submit each application document as a separate attachment.

We are happy to accept applications in alternative formats from applicants who, for reasons of disability, may find it difficult to fill in our standard form. If you would like to have a chat with us about reasonable adjustments please contact us at:

PublicAppointments.APPLICATIONS@education.gov.uk

Please note the following:

  • We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date;
  • Applications will be assessed solely on the documentation provided; please refer to the advert and checklist above to ensure you have provided everything requested;
  • Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt;
  • Feedback will only be given to candidates unsuccessful following interview.

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