for apprentices

next generation of diverse board talent

The programme for apprentices

What is involved for apprentices?

You are invited to join a network of highly talented individuals who have little to no board experience but who demonstrate the potential to be innovative, thoughtful and influential board members in mission-driven sectors. If invited to join a board via GAP, you will have the opportunity to shadow that board for one year as a non-voting observer. You will also have a dedicated mentor on the board who will oversee your time there. Through this experience, you will gain valuable insights into governance, and contextual knowledge that will form a good foundation for future non-executive appointments.


Develop your understanding of mission-driven governance

You will begin to develop the skills, networks and experience to successfully apply for board roles in the future. All apprentices will be assigned a mentor on the board and be given a reference at the end of the year from the host  board.

Learn about a new sector

You will have the opportunity to learn about new business models, a new sector and corporate governance best practice.

Develop your leadership skills

By developing your non-executive expertise and expanding your network across mission-driven sectors, you will learn how to be effective in a different leadership context.

Be part of the change

This is an opportunity to be part of a network of people who will represent the future of board diversity in mission-driven sectors such as Arts, Culture, Not-for-Profits and Higher Education. Your contribution and fresh perspectives could help shape the future of governance. If you are passionate about mission-driven sectors, this is an opportunity to apply your professional experience to support an organisation's positive societal impact.

Timeline for apprentices

Months 1-2

Launch: Perrett Laver engagement with Host Boards, preparing them for the programme.

Months 3-4

Building the network: Perrett Laver builds a network of potential apprentices. Potential apprentices will fill in a standardised application form for upcoming vacanices.

Months 5-6

Shortlisting and interviews: Host Boards will invite applications from our network. Apprentices will apply for roles. The Host Board will invite 2 to 3 Apprentices to interview.

Months 7-8

Apprentices join boards: you will be assigned a mentor on the Board and provided with a sector guide. Your Host Board will conduct relevant inductions.

Month 9 onwards

Perrett Laver supports ongoing development for apprentices 

After one year on the Board

Apprenticeships conclude: apprentices recieve a reference from their Host Board to include in their CV and future board applications. Apprentices remain part of the GAP network and alumni.

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How to become an apprentice

We welcome applications from people of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds; from all faiths and beliefs; from every part of the country; who identify as any sexuality and/or gender; with any impairment; and regardless of age or marital status. We seek people with a range of experiences and skills. To register as a potential apprentice please fill in the registration form. Or for more information please get in touch with the Perrett Laver team.

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View current apprentice opportunities

If you have registered as a potential apprentice via Perrett Laver then please check our listings and decide which board apprenticeships to apply for. For a list of all current vacancies, please click on the link below.

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