Boardroom learning and placement programme searching for applicants in Scotland

Founder of Boardroom Apprentice, Eileen Mullan

THE deadline is fast approaching to apply for UK Boardroom Apprentice 2024. Applications for the 12-month unique board learning, development and placement programme close on Monday, October 9th at 3pm.

Organisers of a unique 12-month board learning, development and placement programme are calling on people from across Scotland to apply for the next class of UK Boardroom Apprentices.

Following a successful first year in 2023 the UK Boardroom Apprentice returned to enable people who would like to serve on a public or third sector board to learn and gain the experience that they need to take that step. 

Boardroom Apprentice founder Eileen Mullan: “One of the important targets we have within the UK Boardroom Apprentice programme is to ensure that people from across the country get the opportunity to apply.

“That is why we are calling for people from across Scotland to consider how they can best serve their community and the wider society by becoming a Boardroom Apprentice.”

Since its inception in 2017, the programme has seen 372 Boardroom Apprentices embark on their personal journey to serve on a public or third sector board. 

Speaking of her experience, Edinburgh Boardroom Apprentice Michelle ‘MJ’ Mullane, who was placed with the SeaFish Industry Authority said: “I could not recommend the UK Boardroom Apprentice programme more highly than I already do, it’s been fundamental to my desire to give back to the local community.

“You will be inspired by the people around you because those around you will predominantly have the same motivations. Working as a member of the SeaFish Industry Authority’s board this last year has been incredibly eye-opening and rewarding, it’s definitely a learning experience I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.”

“Ignore every other little voice telling all the reasons not to sign up for this programme – they’re not relevant, you’ll be proven wrong on them anyway.”

Ms Mullan explained: “Boardroom Apprentice was created to deliver diversity, create change, and realise aspirations. 

“Our vision is simple – to bridge the gap between aspiration and reality. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to join a host board for a year to learn how they can bring fresh perspectives and diverse thinking to boardrooms across the UK.”

Boardroom Apprentice prides itself on the support system in place for those taking part in the programme. Upon being assigned a host board, Boardroom Apprentices are paired with a Board Buddy who aids with their progression throughout the twelve-month experience, as well as being provided with a suite of learning days.

Ms Mullan added: “I decided to create a programme that brings together three key elements – knowledge, experience and support. 

“Over a twelve-month window Boardroom Apprentices will get practical board experience, a suite of learning days and support to fully equip them to serve on a board in the public or third sector in the future.

“Being a Boardroom Apprentice is a gift with the expectation that you give it back. Being a Boardroom Apprentice is about preparing you for public service, which is about you playing your part.”

During the year, each Boardroom Apprentice has to attend eight learning days on topics such as finance, communication and governance along with the board placement on a board of their choice.

Joining the programme for the first time is the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, a leading botanic garden and global centre for biodiversity science, horticulture and education.

Joanne Hannah, Director of Resources and Planning, explained why they decided to get on board with the programme: “By becoming a Host Board, we will be able to expand our expertise, share our knowledge and learn new perspectives from the board members of the future. 

“Our Boardroom Apprentice will be part of a Board that is inclusive, respectful and collaborative. They will have the opportunity to learn how to make a significant contribution to the strategic and cultural direction of our organisation.”

Applications for next year’s UK Boardroom Apprentice programme close on Monday October 9, 2023.

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