Northern Ireland regulator to hire apprentice for the board

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has joined 21 other voluntary and public sector organisations in an initiative called Strictly Boardroom

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland will hire an apprentice to sit on its board as part of a drive for greater diversity among charity sector trustees.

The CCNI has joined the Strictly Boardroom apprentice scheme with 21 other voluntary and public sector organisations in Northern Ireland.

The apprentice will not be paid and will have no voting rights, but will sit in on the day-to-day running of the CCNI’s board.

The apprentice will serve on the board for 12 months and will receive six months of training and a "board buddy" mentor to help them during their time with the regulator.

Prospective applicants have until 6 June to apply and they will be paired with participating boards at an event in Stormont on 20 June.

Tom McGrath, chief charity commissioner at the CCNI, said: "The boardroom apprentice programme has been set up to provide practical experience, training and support to individuals who wish to become board members within the public and third sectors.

"The commission’s own research has revealed that only 5 per cent of Northern Ireland’s charity trustees are under 30.

"Having made the case for more diverse charity boards, the commission intends to lead by example. There is a range of reasons why potential board members don’t make their aspirations reality, but we hope the boardroom apprentice scheme might bridge the gap."

Other organisations to sign up to Strictly Boardroom include Age NI, the Big Lottery NI Committee and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Twenty-five apprentices will be accepted on the scheme.

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