Applications open for Governance Professionals’ development programmes

Applications are now open for the second cohorts of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) development programmes for Governance Professionals of FE and Sixth Form college governing bodies.

The first – the Governance Professionals’ Induction and Mentoring Programme 2021 – aims to induct and mentor those who are new to clerking/governance, having taken up post within the last 18 months. It enables governance professionals to understand what their role is, what is expected of them, and how their role should develop.

The programme will take place over four sessions comprising one full day in-person session (in London on 5 October) and three virtual half-day training sessions (on 12 and 19 October and 2 November). It also includes up to five virtual sessions of mentoring with an experienced Governance Professional.

Places cost £325. To find out more and reserve your place, visit the booking page.

For more experienced Governance Professionals, the in-depth The Technical Aspects of Being a Governance Professional – Expert Level Programme 2021 provides a greater knowledge of the role regarding regulation, compliance and board business, as well as an understanding of the strategic context of their college.

The programme is delivered over four full-day sessions, the first in person on 13 October and the remaining three virtually on 24 November, 19 January 2022 and 9 February 2022. The live training is followed by two online modules and a recorded webinar to enable participants to continue learning in their own time.

It costs £425. To find out more and reserve your place, visit the booking page.

ETF National Head of Governance, Fiona Chalk, said:

“After almost a decade of little or no professional or strategic development for clerks in the FE sector, the creation of these programmes in 2020 addressed a significant need for a cohort of colleagues operating in an increasingly important and strategic role.

“Feedback from members of the first cohorts has been very positive, underlining benefits for individuals, institutions and the sector as a whole. Those who undertook the induction programme report improved knowledge – resulting in significant changes to their understanding of its key topics, as well as increased confidence, enabling them to challenge decisions by senior leaders and Chairs. Participants on the expert programme, meanwhile, report an improved ability to reflect and identify improvements for their institutions, positively affecting their ability to act as strategic enablers.

“We look forward to welcoming the second cohorts in the autumn.”

The programmes are commissioned by the Department for Education and delivered on behalf of the ETF by the Association of Colleges.

The ETF has also announced a series of three Development Workshops for Governance Professionals taking place in September, November, and January 2022. The events will focus on soft skills and are free to attend. Details are available on the ETF website.

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