VTCT, with its portfolio of vocational and technical qualifications and assessments, plays a crucial role in enabling learners, students and apprentices of all ages to have a direct line of sight to a job. We also offer the chance for all learners to improve their career progression and, therefore, earnings potential, with increased skills, via higher technical qualifications. Driven by our relationships with employers in the industries we serve, which include logistics, aesthetics, beauty, hairdressing and barbering, sports fitness, early years education and care, and by the placing Further Education Colleges and private training providers at the heart of what we do, we enable our learners to succeed.

We have existed as a charity for 60 years, and it is an exciting and complex time for the organisation. We are working hard to deliver a change programme centred upon growth that rises to the challenge of post-pandemic recovery and its impacts on learners and apprentices worldwide. We also want to ensure that our qualifications, assessments, services and programmes are fit not just for now but are also set to deliver for learners in the future. We want to be in the best place to respond to the vocational and technical qualification reform programme, including T-Level delivery and apprenticeship assessment.

With 120 full-time staff and 200 part-time colleagues, we work throughout the UK and internationally. We have responsibility for over 120,000 learners in over 49 countries and offices in Eastleigh, Birmingham, Ireland and South Africa.

How do we assess the future workforce? What skills and qualifications may be required for a world post-pandemic and to meet various governments qualification policy reform? What changes will using digital technology bring to teaching, learning and assessment? These are all huge questions set within our charitable purpose of advancing education for the public benefit. 

We would be delighted to welcome you to the Trustee Board as we start to answer these questions together.

Jenny Sworder Chair

Alan Woods OBE Chief Executive

Why VTCT is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

In 2021 we embarked upon an new strategy that we believe will ensure VTCT’s success continues. We have so much opportunity to make sure we are fit for the future and that’s where you come in. As our Boardroom Apprentice, you will be at the heart of that strategic direction working with, and supporting, our senior team and other staff colleagues. The role is complex and fascinating. It places you within the Board of Trustees of a large charity, supporting and challenging the organisation to be the best it can be in a 21st century world of education that changes lives.

As an organisation we champion diversity and the right to equal opportunity, both in our qualification design and in our corporate culture.

 The Board believes that if VTCT is, through its public benefit test, all about furthering education, this is a perfect example where we could help an individual, VTCT and our wider civil society.  We will support you with both a trustee and senior executive “buddy” and do everything we can to enable you to learn about trusteeship and being a member of a large charity Trustee Board

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Board Meetings are offered face to face in Eastleigh Hampshire. Committee meetings are held on-line

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board meetings are held five times annually, the December meeting is a two day meeting, including one day of Board development  and also includes a Trustee Christmas meal.  Ordinarily Board meetings take place during the day from 1100-1500

Date of Board Meetings (January 2024 – December 2024)

28th March 2024;30th May 2024;25th July 2024;26th September 2024;4th and 5th December 2024

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (January 2024 – December 2024)

Regulatory and Quality Committee – Thursday 9th May 2024 and 10th October 2024