Boardroom apprenticeship scheme gathers momentum

Since its launch last month, a boardroom apprenticeship scheme has attracted interest from over 30 aspiring board members and already matched its first apprentice to a company.

Guernsey’s Board Apprentice was founded to help educate and train future board members and diversify the pool of board-ready individuals. It is run by a group of people who sit on various boards and have years of boardroom experience.

Paula Williams, programmes manager for the GTA University Centre, executive ambassador and administrator of the scheme, said:  “We have been approached by 35 individuals who are keen to be part of the Guernsey initiative and are now processing the applications which we have received so far. We’ve also had nine organisations who have said that they would be willing to help nurture directors of the future. It does take time to ensure we find the right apprentices and match them to the right companies but it’s really positive for the initiative that there is already a Guernsey-based apprentice shadowing a board and learning what is involved.”

Board apprentice founder Charlotte Valeur said: “It’s fantastic that the launch in Guernsey has been so well received. It is a significant commitment from both the individual and the organisation but there are so many benefits. Not only will the individuals develop their own skills but they widen the pool of people who are board-ready and keen to make a valuable contribution, and that in turn will ensure they can contribute to an organisation’s success from the minute they become a board member.”