Inspiring Governors Alliance: Solution to the skills gap?

The Inspiring Governors Alliance aims to widen the pool of business professionals making themselves available as governors. They also aim to increase awareness amongst employers about the benefits to be gained by supporting their staff to be school governors.

The alliance has been launched alongside a University of Bath and National Governors’ Association report, which revealed that some schools were struggling to attract governors with the right skills and recommended that more needed to be done to attract high calibre candidates.

Susannah Clements, Deputy Chief Executive of the CIPD, said: “Increasing the number of professionals to become school governors is crucial towards bridging the gap between education and work. By influencing the governance of schools, businesses can forge important links with the world of education, ensuring that the future workforce is equipped with the skills needed for success.”

The CIPD also encourages HR professionals to engage with schools via Inspiring the Future, a free initiative that allows volunteers to sign up to deliver one-off careers insight talks or CV and interview advice sessions.?

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