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Finding the right skills for FE boards

Use your skills, experience and insight to improve the life chances of young people and help build the country’s workforce! We are recruiting professionals with the right skills to join the governing boards of further education (FE) colleges and training providers. These are multi-million-pound organisations at the heart of the government’s industrial strategy. By becoming a board member, you’ll play a vital role in strengthening your local and national economy. You’ll also enhance your professional skills and help your community. Board members – also known as governors in colleges - are committed volunteers who have a similar role to company non-executive directors. If you would like to become an FE governor sign-up here If you are looking to recruit a new FE governor sign-up here Inspiring FE Governance is a free service dedicated to supporting the recruitment of excellent board members for FE providers. We use state-of-the-art online technology to match volunteers to vacancies in colleges. This site is for:

  • Individuals interested in becoming a board member.  You can register your interest and create a profile. Find out more.
  • FE colleges and providers looking for new board members. You can register your vacancies. We work with employers, professional networks and universities to find individuals interested in serving as board members for FE providers. Our online matching tool allows you to find excellent candidates with the skills, knowledge and attributes you need. Find out more.
The Inspiring FE Governance service is funded by the Education and Training Foundation and run by Education and Employers, an independent charity.

Case studies

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Sarah Thompson – Darlington College

Sarah Thompson is the clerk at the college and is entrusted with recruiting new governors to the organisation. Darlington College prides itself on being at the heart of its community…

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Paul Butler – Waltham Forest College

The most rewarding aspect of my involvement is seeing students’ achievements recognised. Going into a classroom and seeing a principal presenting certificates for improved attendance, when you know that a…

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Jennifer Sunter – Halesowen College

Removing barriers to and providing a great environment in which students can achieve and progress are key here. To this end, we work in collaboration and partnership with schools, higher…