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Vocational Training Charitable Trust

We seek trustees to join the board of a market-leading awarding body delivering world-class qualifications in the beauty, health and sport therapy sectors internationally.

  • Location: Southampton, Hampshire (virtual or in person)
  • Salary: Voluntary (expenses paid)

About the role

Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) is a market-leading specialist awarding and assessment organisation developing and delivering world-class vocational and technical qualifications in a range of service sectors. These include Hair and Beauty, Complementary Therapies, Sport, Active Health & Fitness and Learning & Development. We have around 100,000 learners studying each year at one of our 2,000 approved centres globally.

Due to vacancies caused by retirement, we are seeking two Trustees to join the Board. We need people who can demonstrate strategic vision, sound commercial and financial acumen with excellent communication skills. We would like to attract people from a wide range of backgrounds, who will bring a fresh perspective to the Board of Trustees and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We would really value someone who is a qualified accountant and brings financial, audit or risk management experience.  Additionally, we would like someone from an independent training provider, Further Education or Sixth Form College, as these are currently under-represented on the Board. We would also welcome applications who have relevant lived experience, perhaps as a young learner, for example.

If you have previous Trustee or executive board experience so much the better, but we would also be pleased to consider those who are aspiring to be a trustee of a large charity for the first time. Most of all, we are looking for people to join us who have the enthusiasm, commitment and passion for advancing education and improving career and life prospects.

Time commitment

The time commitment is around one day per month based on six Board meetings per year, a Board Development Day and other ad-hoc involvement to include reading and preparation, training opportunities, special projects and representing VTCT at external events.

The three sub-committees meet up to three times annually and Trustees can choose to volunteer to be a member of one, or more, of these committees.

More information

For further information about the role, please download the VTCT Trustee Recruitment Brochure 2021.

To arrange an informal conversation, please contact our advising consultants:

Closing date: 12noon, Monday 26th April 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Kristina Preston

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Welcome from Jenny Sworder, Chair of Trustees

Dear Prospective Trustee,

Thank you for your interest in becoming a new Trustee for VTCT. If successful, you will be joining a passionate, and ambitious Board of Trustees ready to play its full part in the organisation’s continuing success.

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 earning potential, with increased skills via higher technical qualifications.

Driven both by our relationships with employers within the industries we serve, and by placing colleges and private training providers at the heart of what we do, we enable our learners to succeed. As an organisation, we champion diversity and the right to equal opportunity, both in our qualification design and in our corporate culture.

We have been in existence as a charity for nearly 60 years. As part of our Board of Trustees, your skills will help us build upon that heritage. Just as importantly, we must look to the future as we continue to evolve and adapt to the changing world of qualifications and skills across the globe, in light of the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic, and educational policy are changing the face of assessment and qualifications services. We work with governments and qualification regulators within the United Kingdom and world-wide to ensure our qualifications are safe, valid, reliable, and fit for purpose in this rapidly changing environment.

In 2020, we embarked on a 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 a Trustee, you will be at the heart of that strategic direction, working with, and supporting, our senior team and other staff colleagues, to make sure we set and achieve our ambition. The role is complex and fascinating. It places you within a 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.

If you have the passion and commitment to support us as we transform and evolve, then we hope you will join us on this challenging, yet exciting, journey. In return, we will help you develop your own strategic leadership skills in this new world, by offering you a rewarding and exciting role as a Trustee of our dynamic charity.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in joining the Board of Trustees of VTCT.

Yours faithfully,

Jenny Sworder
Chair of Trustees

Welcome from Alan Woods OBE, Chief Executive

We are delighted that you are interested in joining the Vocational Training and Charitable Trust (VTCT) as a Trustee. We hope you find our information informative and comprehensive.

It is an exciting and complex time for the organisation. We are working hard to deliver a change programme that rises to the genuine challenge of the pandemic and its impact upon learners and apprentices world-wide. We want to ensure our qualifications, assessments, services, and programmes are fit not just for now, but are set to deliver for learners in the future.

We also want to ensure we are in the very best place to respond to the vocational and technical qualification reform programme, including T-Level delivery and apprenticeship assessment in England, plus being able to deliver the skills and qualification initiatives of other UK and international governments.

How do we assess the future workforce? What skills and qualifications may be required for a world post-pandemic and government qualification policy reform? What changes will the use of digital technology bring for teaching, learning and assessment? These are all huge questions. VTCT wants to be at the forefront of that innovation, thinking and investment.

We aspire to be the most responsive Awarding and Assessment Organisation we can be, delivering for our over 100,000 learners and 2,000 centres world-wide. We hope to do that by adopting a commercial outlook set firmly within a charitable ethos of advancing education for the public benefit.

We are delighted that you have shown this initial interest and we very much look forward to receiving your application and to meeting you for a discussion to talk further about the role.

Yours faithfully,

Alan Woods OBE
Chief Executive

About Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)

In 1962, VTCT’s founder, Wallace Sharps, started the UK’s first beauty training school, known as Du Barry International. Interestingly, just one year later he revolutionised the approach and professionalism towards this new industry, introducing the role of ‘beauty therapist’ and setting up the first professional association for beauty therapists, which included a new examination system entitled: the Society of Health and Beauty Therapists.

The success of this new system gained momentum and was recognised and joined by colleges around the world and, in the 1970s, the International Health and Beauty Council (IHBC) was established as the market leader. The IHBC later became a charity and was renamed Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT).

Over time we have continued to drive the sector. Our footprint has evolved more broadly into health and wellbeing which, in addition to beauty therapy, now includes hairdressing and barbering, health and fitness, complementary therapies and medical aesthetics.

In 2016, VTCT acquired its long-standing competitor, iTEC, forming a powerful alliance, under the control of the VTCT Board. ITEC’s strong international focus, external examiner approach and portfolio of graded qualifications have further strengthened VTCT’s position as the market leader.

The acquisition of education technology specialists Digital Assess, added further value for training providers with technology that digitally captures and assesses learners online, amongst other innovations.

We have continued to adapt over the years to keep up with the external world, the changing needs of the sector, advances in technology, and related sectors’ growth, such as aesthetics. Now, we are looking ahead once again to see how we can further evolve and support businesses and individuals, balancing our vital work in the UK with our overseas markets.

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    If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement.

    Your CV needs to include your education, training and qualifications, your current employment as well as any positions over the last 10 years that you feel may be relevant to the role of Trustee.

    Your Supporting Statement (maximum two sides of A4) needs to demonstrate your interest and the experience, skills, abilities, and interests that will help you make an effective contribution as a Trustee for VTCT. In particular, we will be looking for the following evidence:

    • Your interest and motivation in becoming a Trustee for VTCT
    • A match to the eight Essential Requirements stated in the Trustee Person Specification

    As we seek particular skills and experience for the Board at this time, please also let us know:

    • Any experience of working in an educational establishment such as involvement in Ofsted, Teaching and Learning Frameworks, Quality Standards, the use of Education Technology.


    • Financial Management experience to include audit, risk, accounts and presenting this information to a Board.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Trustee  – VTCT” into the subject field.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

    All applications will be considered solely on merit.


    Please take note of the interview dates and please let us know if any dates are difficult for you:

    Closing date: 12noon, Monday 26th April 2021
    Interviews: Monday 10th May 2021

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and VTCT are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions.  We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete the equality monitoring form provided and email to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting ‘VTCT – EMF’ into the subject field.

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