Mentoring and Development Programme for Governance Professionals

We have been commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to design and deliver a framework of learning and development for the governance professionals of FE and Sixth Form college governing bodies.

There has been little or no professional or strategic development for clerks within the FE sector since the removal of the FE Clerks Qualification – nearly 10 years ago. The role of an effective governance professional has expanded to technical adviser and strategic enabler, a critical role in meeting the administrative and procedural requirements of Boards and enabling efficient, effective discussion and decision making.

This programme is now in its second year and recruitment to all 3 strands will commence at the start of the new academic year.

This programme aims to induct and mentor those who are new to clerking / governance (and possibly the FE sector), having taken up post within the last 18 months. The induction enables governance professionals to understand what their role is, what is expected of them and how this role should develop over a period of time.

The programme will be delivered on the following dates:  

  • 5 October 2021 (whole day, face to face session)
  • 12 October 2021 (half day, virtual)
  • 19 October 2021 (half day, virtual)
  • 2 November 2021 (half day, virtual)

Mentoring sessions will take place over 6 months. Participants will be matched with an experienced governance professional who will provide unique and personalised support. 

This programme builds on the induction and mentoring programme for governance professionals. This programme is for governance professionals who are keen to learn more on an in-depth programme which aims to broaden their knowledge and give them the confidence to become the technical expert and trusted advisor of governance within their organisation, and could act as a refresher for experienced governance professionals.

This programme will be delivered on the following dates: 

  • 13 October 2021 (whole day, face to face session)
  • 24 November 2021 (whole day, virtual)
  • 19 January 2022 (whole day, virtual)
  • 9 February 2022 (whole day, virtual)

Participants will also have access to an online modular programme to focus on the technical aspects of their role. 

FE governance professionals leadership programme brochure coverThis development programme has been designed in collaboration with the Institute of Directors. Strand 3 – the leadership programme, has been designed as the higher level training programme for Governance Professionals with sessions delivered by IOD practitioners, with extensive leadership and boardroom experience.

View the Governance Professionals Leadership Programme brochure

Governance Professionals will gain a heightened understanding of FE Governance and an improved ability to act as trusted advisor and strategic enabler for their Boards.

Participating Governance Professionals will also be supported by a tutor during and after the programme.

Sessions cover the following themes:

  • shaping and influencing strategic outcomes using leadership skills and relationships
  • the triumvirate relationships of GP, Chair and CEO
  • different leadership styles needed for different situations
  • Board Dynamics – challenge and support
  • GP – the Chair’s right-hand person

Action Learning Sets (each of five participants) will meet virtually every four to six weeks.

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