Chair - Careers Choices Dewis Gyrfa (CCDG) Trading as Careers Wales

Body: Careers Choices Dewis Gyrfa (CCDG) Trading as Careers Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Education, Regulation
Location: CCDG meetings, which are held quarterly, currently are being held virtually, when face to face meetings can resume meetings will take place at venues throughout Wales and the expectation is that Board members will engage with their duties on a Pan Wales basis. As part of a reasonable adjustment, consideration will be given to requests for members wishing to continue contributing remotely.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post is remunerated at £337 per day for attendance at meetings or other agreed activities relating to the work of Careers Wales. The remuneration will be paid up to a maximum commitment of 40 days per year. Payment will be made via the Careers Wales payroll system. Members are regarded as office holders for tax and National Insurance purposes. Fees payable will, as a result, be chargeable to income tax and subject to Class 1 National Insurance contributions. PAYE deductions will be made via the Careers Wales payroll system and the net fee paid to the office holder. Fees are not subject to VAT. Travel and subsistence expenses you incur in attending CCDG meetings or on visits on behalf of CCDG will be reimbursed by CCDG itself at the rate currently applying to members of Government Committees. Claims for reimbursement should be made to the CCDG Secretariat. Childcare and other dependent expenses may be paid, on production of receipts, for additional costs incurred as a direct consequence of duties performed in the capacity of your work for CCDG.
Time Requirements: 40 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    20/09/2021 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Chair is accountable to the Minister for Economy and may also be held to account by the Senedd. The Chair is responsible for ensuring the Board’s policies and actions support the Minister’s wider strategic policies, and the Company’s affairs are conducted with probity.

The Chair has particular leadership responsibilities for:

  • Formulating the Board’s strategies.
  • Demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times.
  • Ensuring the Board reaches decisions, takes proper account of statutory and financial management requirements and all relevant guidance including guidance provided by Welsh Ministers.
  • Promoting the economic, efficient and effective use of staff and other resources.
  • Ensuring high standards of regularity, propriety and governance.
  • Representing the views of the Board to the public.

The Chair must also:

  • Ensure all Board members are briefed fully on the terms of their appointment and on their duties, rights and responsibilities.
  • Ensure Board members receive appropriate training, including on the financial management and reporting requirements of public sector bodies and on the differences which might exist between private and public sector practice.
  • Assess the performance of individual Board members in accordance with the arrangements agreed with the partnership team.
  • Ensure a Code of Conduct for Board members is in place.

Person Specification

CDG is seeking a new chair for the Board with a range of expertise, across a broad range of economic sectors, professions and social groups.

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Essential Criteria

  • A proven track record of achievement in the private / public / community / voluntary sector, demonstrating an ability to make sound and strategic judgements.
  • Understanding of the dynamic inter-relationship between government policies and delivery of careers provision at grassroots level.
  • Knowledge and understanding of learning and work issues at community, local and regional or national levels.
  • A sound understanding of finance and corporate governance.
  • A proven track record in building relationships with a range of stakeholders and excellent communication skills, with the ability to clearly and succinctly explain complex issues, while demonstrating respect for the views of others.
  • Strong interpersonal, influencing and negotiating skills, with an ability to constructively challenge and make sound judgements in strategic decision making.
  • A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the principles of human rights, equality and promoting the use of the Welsh language.

All candidates should demonstrate an awareness of the importance of the Welsh language in a bilingual Wales with an appreciation of the Welsh Government’s policies and strategies for the language. Welsh language skills for this appointment
are desirable at level 2 (as indicated below):

Understanding – Can understand basic conversations about everyday topics

Reading – Can read simple material on everyday topics with understanding

Speaking – Can converse in simple work-related conversations

Writing – Can write simple work-related correspondence

CCDG currently provides its services bilingually and will play a clear role in the promotion and integration of support and advice regarding the Welsh language and Welsh language skills in its operations and delivery of advisory services.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:


Public Appointments Team, Public Bodies Unit



For further information regarding the role of the CCDG Board and the role of Chair please contact Sam Evans at:


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