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Education Training Collective Governor

Join the board of the Education Training Collective and support this leading provider of further education to move to the next stage in their development, creating a strong and successful ‘One Etc.’

  • Location: Stockton and Redcar, North East
  • Salary: Unremunerated, with reasonable expenses paid

About the Education Training Collective

The Education Training Collective (Etc.) is the umbrella brand of our group which incorporates our four main delivery arms:

  • Stockton Riverside College, based in Thornaby, delivers vocational education, including our notable performing arts provision and the Tees Valley Logistics Academy;
  • Redcar & Cleveland College also delivers vocational programmes, with a specialist focus on clean energy;
  • Bede Sixth Form in Billingham, primarily delivering A levels, is also the location of our Institute of Sport and Education;
  • NETA operates over two dedicated sites delivering engineering training, apprenticeships and commercial delivery.

We have additional provision for learners with specific needs at our Skills Academy in Billingham, as well as substantial Prince’s Trust provision, with a number of community bases across the Tees Valley and the wider northeast. Higher education provision is delivered across the group, primarily at our Stockton Riverside and Redcar & Cleveland College sites.

Our quality of provision is high, with very positive achievement rates. In our most recent Ofsted inspection in May 2022, the Etc. achieved an overall grading of ‘Good’, with behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and education programmes for young people all graded ‘Outstanding’. This is a result we were proud of, and one from which we aspire to grow and improve further.

“Being a governor is a chance to really add value to a brilliant organisation. We do things here that actually change people’s lives. We get to see these outcomes as people grow and become more successful. We help make these opportunities happen. It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of.”

Stuart Blackett, Chair of the Corporation.

With a turnover of c.£31m and consistently ‘Good’ financial health, we have been able to successfully secure funding for capital transformation projects at all of our main sites. This work includes our new Clean Energy Education Hub at Redcar & Cleveland College which is nearing completion as well as the extension to Bede Sixth Form College. This work will be followed by an estate transformation project at Stockton Riverside College.

All of this work, as well as the wider business of our group, is underpinned by a rigorous and robust business planning and performance review system which drives down decision-making to those closest to the students wherever possible.

We are proud of the excellent relationships we have with our local stakeholders which includes schools, the Tees Valley Combined Authority, Local Authorities, Teesside University and a wide range of employers. Through these partnerships, we have been able to build our reputation, support the growth of our local economy and truly see the positive impacts of our collective efforts.

Our values, vision and tone of voice are at the heart of everything we do and one of our key strategic priorities is to be an outstanding employer. We believe this will enable us to employ outstanding staff, who in turn will deliver outstanding results for students and our communities. We regularly achieve excellent staff survey results, and we believe this is due to our culture of empowerment and enablement.

We are fortunate to have a high-performing governing body made up of governors who play an integral role in driving the growth, quality and success of the group. Given our recent developments and our aspirations for the group moving forward, we now seek to add additional auditing expertise to our board. We hope to find an individual with the same passion and commitment that is evident in our current members.

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

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

Shaun Eden | shaun@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 509128

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Role Description

With further growth anticipated, a need to ensure we remain compliant, and with the ongoing challenges faced by the sector, we seek to appoint a new governor to our board with auditing expertise. The appointed individual will also be invited to join our Audit Committee.

Our positive relationships and collegiate, yet challenging, board culture are key ingredients in the success of our board and so, first and foremost, the appointed candidate will need to be able to demonstrate a shared set of values and a commitment to the work of our board and the wider Etc. group.

Candidates for this role will need to be financially qualified and we welcome applications from people outside of direct, financially focused roles which may include people with expertise in compliance, risk and legal contexts.

As well as participating in relevant board and committee meetings we like our members to become part of the organisation through undertaking learning walks and attending Learner Forums, college management team meetings and much more. We find that all of our governors recognise the importance of understanding what the group is about and how it feels, in order to make strategic decisions with the best interests of the group at heart.

We ask our board members to be willing to commit to a four-year term of office. Appointed individuals will need to attend 9 formal meetings per year in addition to strategic planning and training and development activities. We try to ensure that these are in person wherever possible. We do however appreciate that many of our governors have busy working lives and so readily facilitate virtual attendance whenever needed.

We estimate that our governors dedicate around 10 hours per month to their roles.

Whilst previous governance experience is welcomed, it is not essential. All new governors will all be supported by our Clerk to Corporation, Sarah Thompson with a comprehensive induction and training process and ongoing support thereafter.

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

Dan Baxter | dan@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07939 994524

Shaun Eden | shaun@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 509128

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    Shaun Eden | shaun@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 509128

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 14th June 2023 
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    Friday 23rd June 2023
    Virtual Interviews:
    Friday 30th June 2023


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