Board Member for Institute for Apprenticeships

Body: Institute for Apprenticeships
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Education
Location: The Institute for Apprenticeships operates in England only. Meetings are generally held in London or Coventry.
Number of Vacancies: Up to three
Remuneration: A fee of £15,000 a year is payable; Reasonable expenses properly and necessarily incurred will be reimbursed in line with the IfA's expenses policy.
Time Requirements: Members spend two days a month carrying out Board duties, including attending Board meetings, and must be prepared to be flexible about how these two days are used – for example, Board activities may amount to more than two days in one month and less in another.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Jessica Leigh Jones and Professor Malcolm Press have been appointed as non-executive members of the Institute for Apprenticeships board for 5 years, from 1 June 2018.

It is anticipated that the appointments will involve a time commitment of 2 days a month, including attending the board’s bi-monthly meetings, and board activities may amount to more than 2 days in one month and less in another. Annual remuneration for the roles will be £15,000.

The appointments are made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Governance Code on Public Appointments. They are made on merit and political activity played no part in the decision process. However, in accordance with the code, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any is declared) to be made public. Jessica Leigh Jones and Professor Malcolm Press have not declared any political activity.

Date: 14/05/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Expected date in the week of 22nd January 2018

  • Update

    The interview shortlist is currently being drawn up. Notification letters are expected to be issued by 23.02.18.

  • Update

    Interviews have now concluded (05.03.18)

  • Final Interview Date

    Expected dates end of February/start of March

  • Announcement

    May 2017


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The vacancy is for up to three new members of the Board of the IfA. Board members bring together strategic input from business, employer representatives, academics and other senior representatives with expertise in particular aspects of apprenticeships and broader aspects of the skills landscape. All members contribute corporately to the IfA’s successful pursuit of its mission to ensure that apprenticeships are high quality. The Board’s focus is now on:

·       streamlining the process for the development of apprenticeships standards and improving outcomes for employers

·       developing a quality strategy with partner organisations, which builds on the recently published quality statement on what a high quality apprenticeship looks like

·       building its capacity to deliver its extended remit on technical education.

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.

Current members bring a variety of business and other perspectives and have high level networks to support delivery and strategic influencing roles. 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 IfA.

Applications are sought from senior figures from any background with expertise in and experience of technical education to augment that which the Board already has in anticipation of its expanded role. Members must have the time and skills to contribute across a range of the IfA’s strategic and governance issues.

A successful candidate will have:

·       Exceptional leadership skills, with the ability to work 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;

·       The personal strength and integrity to maintain the independence of the IfA whist at the same time ensuring it delivers the government’s aims.

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 that applicants have an understanding of the government’s vision for apprenticeships, skills and technical education and exceptional leadership skills will be rejected at the first sift stage.

The Institute is   committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all members and staff, regardless of race, ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, gender orientation, sexual orientation, disability or age and it particularly welcomes applications from female, disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) or lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) candidates who meet the specifications above.


How to Apply

Applicants should submit a CV and a separate personal statement demonstrating how they meet the key requirements for the role. Your personal statement should be no more than three pages long and contain the names of two referees. Note that we will not approach your referees without your prior consent. Your application must be submitted by email to or by post to:

Public Appointments Team, HR

Department for Education

Bishopsgate House




We also ask that you complete forms relating to declaration of interests, political activity and the attached diversity monitoring form. Please submit the diversity monitoring form as a separate annex to the rest of your application.

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