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ETF seeks Trustees with industry perspectives to help shape FE and Training sector

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The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) – the expert body for professional development and standards in the Further Education (FE) and Training sector – is seeking experienced individuals who can bring employer and industry perspectives to its decision making to join its Board. Applicants must share the ETF’s passion for the opportunities provided by the Further Education and Training sector and be able to contribute to our strategic thinking as we help to shape its workforce.

As a Trustee of the ETF, you will contribute to our decision making, helping to solve challenges facing the sector at a national level, developing a detailed understanding of FE and Training, and meeting and networking with a diverse range of leaders with a shared interest in the development of staff and leaders in FE and Training.

Successful applicants will have a commitment to the values and strategic objectives of the ETF, strategic vision and the ability to think creatively and flexibly, and a willingness to challenge accepted thinking and norms. They must also be able to to act fairly and impartially and to act as an ambassador for the organisation.

It is likely that they will have worked either at director level in industry or with a large employer, or with Government through large contracts and/or grants, and they will have led significant change programmes in a constantly evolving sector.

Peter Latchford, Chair of the Board at the ETF, said:

“ETF Trustees make a real difference to the Further Education and Training sector, helping to support its teachers, trainers, leaders and governors, and ultimately the lives and opportunities of learners and their communities. In doing so, we impact on wider society, helping to drive its prosperity.

“Our work has never been more crucial. As we play our part in driving the nation’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, it is vital that employers’ voices are heard throughout our sector, including in the work of the ETF. The individuals that join us as Trustees will play a crucial role in ensuring that happens and helping to shape a workforce capable of meeting the challenges the nation faces.”

Up to two individuals will be appointed. The time commitment for the positions is expected to be between eight and 12 days per year. Board meetings are primarily held in central London, with virtual options provided for committees and informal meetings. Appointments are made for three years, with the potential for one further term. These are not paid positions, but expenses are paid. Support with train and accommodation booking can be provided, if needed.

The ETF and its Board values and recognises the benefits of diversity and welcomes applications from individuals from all backgrounds, particularly from young, disabled and/or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals.

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 7 March 2022. Find out more on the ETF website.

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