Applications are now closed
and will reopen next year

A message from Eileen

When I started out on my first Board, it was daunting and exciting in equal measures. I wasn’t sure what was expected of me, or in fact what contribution I could make. When I reflect back, there was no training provided, no support and certainly no opportunity to gain experience before I took the step as a fully signed up board member.

Since 2017, 163 individuals have embarked on their Boardroom Apprentice journey. Each one clear on their desire to serve and to play a part in public life. I created this to enable those who want to serve to learn to be able to do just that. For me, preparing people to take on these significant roles beforehand is the right and responsible thing to do.

The vision is simple, bridging the gap between aspiration and reality. Boardroom Apprentice is a 12-month unique board learning, development and placement programme which enables those who would like to serve on a public or third sector board to learn and gain experience in a safe way before they take that step. It seeks to enable a wider diversity of individuals to play their part within boardrooms across Northern Ireland.

Allowing those without board experience, to gain experience and enhancing their knowledge and understanding through in-depth learning and support.

Boardroom Apprentice is about delivering diversity, creating change and achieving aspirations.

This year we have over fifty Host Boards from across the public and third sectors (health, education, justice, funding, young people, older people, housing and government) all keen to provide you with a great learning experience.

Boardroom Apprentice is supported by the Department of Finance.  Creating  an eclectic collaboration between the public, third and private sectors providing  a wealth of skills, experience and knowledge which makes Boardroom Apprentice an incredibly unique initiative. This opportunity would not be possible without all those who come together to make it happen.

Be prepared, being a Boardroom Apprentice requires a significant personal commitment most of which will be during the working day and some in the evenings and weekends. If you are employed you will need your employer’s support to do this.  You must confirm on the application form that you have secured this.   All the information you need to support your thinking on making an application is on this website.

The criteria to apply is simple, but must be met in full. You will not be eligible if you have held a board position on a public-sector body.

You can hear from our Class of 2020 sharing their experience and offering you some words of wisdom in advance of making an application.

Boardroom Apprentice is open to all ages (above 16), all backgrounds and all abilities.

The closing date is Tuesday 1st June.  If you have any questions email

Is it time for you to step up and learn how to play your part?

Best of luck.

Eileen Mullan 

Founder, Boardroom Apprentice

Boardroom Apprentice is supported by the Department of Finance which is also a Host Board for the 2021 Programme.  Listen to the Minister of Finance Conor Murphy and Permanent Secretary Sue Gray on their call for applications.