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2x Governors: Education and Chair of Audit Committee Plumpton College

Join the board of our proud college and broaden the expertise to ensure continuous improvement to benefit our students and the wider community.

  • Location: Plumpton, Sussex
  • Salary: Unremunerated
  • Closing date: By 9 a.m. Monday 5th September 2022

At Plumpton College we are proud of our history and the impact the college continues to have on the sectors that we support.

To underpin high quality and up-to-date technical skills acquisition, the College has undertaken a shrewd investment programme over the past ten years to establish resources and facilities to expose and prepare students for the high levels of technical skill required in the progressive land-based businesses.

Over the last five to six years, we have undertaken a change programme in order to secure even better outcomes for our students and employers through delivering an even higher standard of education and training and stimulating the highest levels of ambition for our staff and our students and demonstrating best practice in all that we do.

As a result, our students achieve very well. The retention and achievement of qualifications is amongst the highest in the southeast and our outstanding relationship with employers has resulted in a continuously evolving curriculum and work experience, which results in the exceptional employability rates of students, consistently exceeding 90% annually.

We recognise that our ability to continue to build sustainable and meaningful relationships with employers, partners and the wider community is key to the success of our vision and strategy and are excited about the future role the College can play within the wider economic area.

Our seven-year strategy sets out our vision and priorities to support those land-based and rurally located businesses to have a strong talent pipeline of well-qualified individuals and the resources and training to continually develop their existing workforce. The changes taking place across the sectors that we serve mean that students will need to be equipped with a different and ever more technically advanced skills set in the future. As an ambitious organisation with high aspirations and expectations, this provides a significant opportunity for the college to play a leading role in shaping and informing land-based and wider rural sectoral change through our education and training and be seen as a progressive and highly valued organisation locally, regionally and nationally.

Plumpton College Agriculture 2019 Students from the Plumpton College Agriculture course partake in field inspections and field work with the Tractors and equipment available at Plumpton

The development of our facilities across Plumpton College remains a priority.  Our prudent financial management has meant that we have been able to keep investing in capital building projects for students’ benefit and the college’s long-term success.  We are proud to have opened a Centre of Horticultural Excellence at One Garden Brighton in partnership with regional stakeholders and we have begun building the £10m AgroFood capital investment programme. These new facilities will teach our students the latest technological, robotic and artificial intelligence skills that the landbased sector and a resilient economy require.

Plumpton College continues to demonstrate climate leadership and remains committed to providing the future skills required by employers for the transition to a highly sustainable, zero-carbon community. We have received new funding from the Department of Education to lead a national project to help secure our region’s position in green technologies, sustainable land management and food

Who we are looking for:

As part of our drive for continued excellence, we are looking to engage both a Governor and a Chair of the Audit Committee, both of whom will bring differing expertise and different professional backgrounds. A passion for education and an understanding of the impact that our sector has on students, their careers and future opportunities will be important for these roles.

Governor

We are looking to engage an education professional, who can bring knowledge and expertise in teaching, learning and curriculum development. This expertise may have been gained in either school leadership or the further education sector.

The role of Governor is to provide challenge and support to the Principal and senior post holders in undertaking their roles, and is defined as:

  • Ensuring the educational character and mission of the College reflects the needs of the communities served,
  • Use public funds correctly, as funding bodies require, and to the benefit of the communities served,
  • Ensuring appropriate staffing is in place, especially through the appointment of senior post holders and setting the framework for pay and conditions of other staff,
  • Complying with the Instruments and Articles, Financial Memorandum, Code of Conduct and College financial regulations and procedures
  • Contributing to the development and supporting the implementation of the strategy for the College as determined by the Corporation.

Chair of the Audit Committee

We are looking to engage an audit professional who is proficient with more than just numbers. The Audit Committee is responsible for the scrutiny of the finances, health & safety, safeguarding and student outcomes. As Chair of the Committee, you will bring your professional expertise and that of having been a Committee Member or Chair in a previous organisation.

Plumpton College is committed to a policy of equality and diversity which promotes and ensures just and fair treatment for all. Our aim is to create and maintain a positive and inclusive environment which enables everyone to realise their full potential, regardless of age, gender, gender reassignment, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, religion or belief, employment status, health, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or non-membership, domestic circumstances, social & employment status.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Atkins-Boal | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

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Welcome

Dear Candidate,

Welcome and thank you for your interest in becoming a Governor at Plumpton College.

Plumpton College is located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, East Sussex. The college is one of only 13 independent land and environment science colleges nationally. Boasting excellent practical and demonstration facilities for students, the college offers a broad specialist curriculum in 19 course areas, including school-based programmes for 14 to 16-year-olds, courses for 16–19-year-olds, apprentices, a range of degree subjects, and diverse courses for employers and adults.

Our mission is to consistently provide high-quality training and education in a safe and welcoming environment that enables our students and employers to be successful. Our vision is to be an innovative and inspirational college delivering excellent education, training and research that enables our students and employers to play a leading role in future industry growth and development.

This is an exciting time to be joining the Board as we launch our new ambitious Strategic Plan. Last year the college opened a Centre of Horticulture Excellence at One Garden Brighton in partnership with regional stakeholders. We have also begun building a £10m Agri-Food capital investment programme. These new facilities will teach our students the latest technological, robotic and artificial intelligence skills that the land-based sector and a resilient economy require.

We would be delighted to receive your application.

Julie Dougill

Chair of the Corporation

About Plumpton College

At Plumpton College we are passionate about developing individuals’ aspirations, skills, and confidence to enable them to achieve their future ambitions and be role models for others.

Established in 1926, we have continually developed and built a curriculum and business support framework across the Southeast, with now over 4000 students.

We do more than just Agriculture. Whilst it is a flagship curriculum and the most specialist of its kind across the southeast, we also teach animal management, veterinary nursing, canine, sport and outdoor education, equine, floristry, forestry and woodland management, arboriculture, horticulture (landscaping, amenity and food production), game and fish management, engineering, motor vehicle, metalsmithing, countryside, food technology, wine production and wine business.

The curriculum in each of these subjects provides a ladder of academic progression that supports all individual learning journeys which are tailored to students’ starting points.

The wide range of levels of academic learning span from Entry to Level 3 and then into higher education with foundation degrees, honours degrees and masters courses for extended academic learning. We also have an extensive education programme for 14–16-year-olds and offer a range of full and part time courses for adults.

The College has built up an excellent reputation for delivering vocational skills training and education for the land-based sector and rurally located businesses. We work with employers and businesses annually to develop business related programmes to ensure their new entrants progress through college and develop the right skills, knowledge, and attributes to enhance the performance of their business. The numbers of our apprenticeship students supported by businesses in the workplace and who attend college for specific skills and knowledge training have doubled in the past two years.

To underpin high quality and up to date technical skills acquisition, the College has undertaken a shrewd investment programme over the past ten years to establish resources and facilities to expose and prepare students for the high levels of technical skill required in the progressive land-based businesses.

Over the last two years we have undertaken a change programme in order to secure even better outcomes for our students and employers through delivering an ever-higher standard of education and training and stimulating the highest levels of ambition for our staff and our students and demonstrating best practice in all that we do. As a result, our students achieve very well. The retention and achievement of qualifications is amongst the highest in the southeast and our outstanding relationship with employers has resulted in a continuously evolving curriculum and work experience, which results in the exceptional employability rates of students, consistently exceeding 90% annually.

We recognise that our ability to continue to build sustainable and meaningful relationships with employers, partners and the wider community is key to the success of our vision and strategy and are excited about the future role the College can play within the wider economic area.

Check out our annual review here.

The College has made the EDI agenda an organisational priority and has recently undertaken an audit, set up an EDI committee, appointed an EDI officer, and is currently rolling out all staff training.

Some examples of reasonable adjustments we have made include:

  • Partially sighted employee being given IT kit to support requirement
  • Change in hours for autistic member of staff who found mornings very difficult and stressful
  • Member of staff with SAD being given appropriate lighting to support
  • Different desks for staff members with arthritis in the back that needed to stand up and work
  • Hearing equipment to support employees with partial hearing

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultant for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfill your needs.

Sarah Atkins-Boal 

sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

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    Closing date: Monday 5th September 2022
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    Interviews: Tuesday 27th September 2022

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