Update for UK…

Before you hit the ‘apply now’ button:

Have you downloaded and read the information for applicants?

Have you listened to the Class of 2021

Have you reviewed all the Host Boards?

Have you checked your diary against the Learning Day dates

Have you secured your employer’s support?

Have you prepared the answers to the questions on ‘Why’?

Have you read the Frequently Asked Questions?

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The questions you need to prepare in advance 

1. Why do you want to be a Boardroom Apprentice?

Reflect on the selection criteria: eligibility, motivation,  values, commitment and disqualifications outlined in the information for applicants document.  (400 word limit)

2. Why these host boards?

You can select up to three Host Boards you would like to be matched with from the list provided. For each one you will need to outline why you want to be placed with that Host Board (200-word limit for each one)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to complete the form in one go?

No. The form allows you to save and resume. Make sure you save.

Should I keep a copy of my completed form?

Yes. If you are successful you will need to share your form with your Host Board.

If I applied before can I apply again?

Yes. As long as you meet the selection criteria.

What if I cannot make one of the learning days?

Do not apply. Attendance at all learning days is mandatory.

None of the boards listed interest me?

Do not apply. You must have an interest in the work of the organisation. Maybe a Board of interest will come up next year – apply then.

When is the closing date?

Tuesday 24th May at 3:00pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

How long will it take to complete the application form?

If you prepare your answers in advance (spend time thinking about your responses), and have selected your top three boards, then you should be able to complete this in a few hours. Remember, don’t leave it to the last minute.

Can I select my employer as my Host Board?

NO.  This is a clear conflict of interest. There are plenty of Host Boards to select from.

I am not in employment, can I apply?

YES.  Boardroom Apprentice is for all ages (16+), all backgrounds and all abilities.

What if I don't plan on applying for a Board position for many years?

Do not apply. Boardroom Apprentice is about preparing people to serve. The expectation of all Boardroom Apprentices is that in the 12-months post completion they will have secured a position on a Board that matters to them. It is about giving back now.

How do I know my application form has been submitted?

You will receive a notification that your application form has been submitted. If not, then you have not submitted.

I am only interested in doing the learning days. I don’t really want to spend the year with a board?

Do not apply. It’s all in the name. Boardroom Apprentice is about gaining experience, knowledge and support for those who aspire to be in the Boardroom.

Is there homework or assignments?

The programme is not accredited – so no assignments or exams.

  1. There is  a group project which you will work on from Month 1 – Month 8.
  2. You will have to prepare in advance for your board and committee meetings. This will involve reading board papers and meeting with your Board Buddy – in your own time. .

I work full time, can I still apply?

Yes. Remember, you need your employer’s support to do the programme in full. You must secure this before you apply. See it as continuing professional development (CPD).

I have no academic qualifications, can I apply?

Yes. You do not need qualifications to be on a Board or be a Boardroom Apprentice.

I have a disability and will need additional support?

If you are successful let us know what is needed to support you to be a Boardroom Apprentice.

I don't live in Northern Ireland, can I apply?

No. There is a significant time commitment required which makes it impractical. Along with this is the expectation is that our Boardroom Apprentices go on to serve on Boards in Northern Ireland.

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