First Rung is looking for a new trustee with a background in education to join our board in its mission of giving a second chance in education and training for disadvantaged young people in North London. Experience in the Ofsted framework and governance are desirable but not essential. First Rung is a Charitable Company limited by guarantee.
First Rung has over 35 years experience providing training in basic skills, vocational qualifications and work experience including traineeships and apprenticeships to young people who have missed out at school. We are looking to expand our provision of apprenticeships in a volatile and competitive environment and to develop alternative educational provision for 14-16 year olds for whom school is not working. First Rung employs approximately 45 dedicated and enthusiastic staff.
First Rung is at a critical point in its history, with a new CEO joining in January 2021 and with a hugely important agenda in supporting young people back into education and onto fulfilling careers. As a Non-Executive Director/trustee you can make a significant impact on the lives of young people. Moreover, you can gain exceptional board-level exposure and expertise to accelerate your own leadership journey.
We are rated Grade 2 (Good) by Ofsted and aspire over time to raise this to Grade 1. Our income comes from frequently changing Government funding schemes and a challenge is to keep abreast of these changes and ensure we continue to use the schemes to deliver our core mission. We operate from a centre in Ponders End and a brand new state of the art premises at Colindale.
Our values at First Rung are inclusion, innovation and integrity. We each pride ourselves in living these values through how we behave, act and develop others. We are looking to bring in additional expertise and diverse perspectives to help us embark on the next phase of our journey.
Experience as a Non-Executive Director/trustee is not essential, however experience of having some involvement in contributing to the strategic development of a charity would be useful. People from all backgrounds are very welcome.
In terms of time commitment, we recognise that non Executive Directors/trustees have busy lives. We ask that you can commit to four board meetings a year of 2-3 hours each, bi-annual team events and up to 4 meetings as a member of the board’s Quality and Personnel sub-committee.