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Governor Oaklands College

Join the Board at Oaklands to support our aspirational and important trajectory for the College, our students, our communities and the region.

  • Location: St Albans, Welwyn Garden City and Borehamwood
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 3rd June

About Oaklands College

Oaklands is a rapidly growing general further education (FE) College, with a proud heritage which stretches back over 100 years. The College has recently been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and has a significant capital development programme underway at the St Albans Campus. We are proud of our highly developed partnerships with key stakeholders and that the College is recognised as a significant regional provider with a profound impact on communities, businesses, and the overall local economy.

The College remains true to our proud origins as a contemporary college community, looking forward, adapting, and innovating, whilst ensuring each one of our 8,500+ students is treated and respected as an individual.

Our students have access to over 1,500 full and part-time courses delivered across Oaklands’ three campuses, covering a wide spectrum of subjects, sectors and industries. We are nationally renowned for our sports academies where sporting and academic excellence are given equal importance. Many of our alumni go on to compete globally and/or continue their sport and education in top US universities. Oaklands remains an ambitious institution, developing additional centres of excellence including SEND provision Engineering, Care, Early Years, Agritech and Creative Industries.

As we begin our next 100 years, Oaklands is ideally placed to respond to current challenges and opportunities, including the need for a high-quality, career-focused further education system. We are well placed to move from being a locally significant and valued learning community to one which is recognised at wider regional and national levels, with the potential to make an international contribution to an outward-looking and outward-reaching global Britain.

We support national education and skills policies to break down the artificial barriers between learning traditionally referred to as ‘academic’ and ‘vocational’ whilst promoting parity of esteem across all pathways.

In doing these things, we will grow our student income across all of our provisions, and through strategic partnerships, we will ensure mutual benefit and long-term, sustainable relationships. Oaklands will become a highly respected and aspirational brand that stands for innovation, integrity and collaboration and will achieve excellence through the quality of Oaklands’ refreshed offer, our expanded estate and enhanced facilities. Our strong values and ethical approach will be a beacon of best practices in sustainability, SMART digital technology and mental health and wellbeing. In all this, Oaklands will remain true to its origins as a welcoming, inclusive learning community, providing career-changing education, that supports progression opportunities for our students to high-quality destinations. To achieve this, we will work with our partners, employers and stakeholder groups to ensure we are co-developing and co-creating the required educational programmes and services.

In summary, it is an exciting time to be joining our Board at Oaklands, as now is an excellent opportunity to be part of an aspirational and important trajectory for the College, our students, our communities and the region.

Peridot Partners and Oaklands College are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.

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

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Sarah Atkins-Boal

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Who we're looking for

Recognising the ambitious strategy, we seek to engage strategic leaders from the local and wider area to support the Board in this journey and bring a passion for success and recognition of the value of post-16 education to society.

Oaklands seeks to engage Governors to join the College Corporation with a passion for education and a drive to build on our continued success for the benefit of learners, people, the local community, region and employers. Areas of particular focus, in relation to skills and expertise are:

  • Education – quality improvement, curriculum development and/or apprenticeships,
  • Finance – professionally qualified with a focus on commercial acumen.

You will need to bring not only a strategic outlook and perspective but also a strong understanding/willingness to learn and passion for the work the college and the sector achieve and the impact on people lives, opportunities and aspirations.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an ambitious and successful Governing Board and make a genuine impact on the future success of the College and its learners. You will support the development and influence the direction of Oaklands College at a time of great momentum as we seek to secure the finances, grow the organisation and aspire to provide outstanding, meaningful education opportunities for learners across Hertfordshire.

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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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 3rd June 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 11th June 2024
    Interviews: Tuesday 18th June 2024

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