Applications are now closed
and will reopen next year

Before you hit the ‘apply now’ button:

Have you downloaded and read the information for applicants

Have you listened to the Class of 2020

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 begin it and come back later.

Should I keep a copy of my completed form?

You should if you want to.

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?

Please do not apply. Attendance at all learning days is required.

None of the boards listed interest me?

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 01st June at 11:00am. Late applications will not be accepted.

How long will it take to complete the application form?

If you prepare your answers in advance, 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, it’s a clear conflict of interest. There are plenty of Host Boards to select from.

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?

Then 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. However, 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?

You will 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?

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 additional support you would need.

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

No, do not apply. There is a significant time commitment required which makes it impractical. As well as the expectation is that our Boardroom Apprentices go on to serve on Boards in Northern Ireland.

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