West London Green Skills Hub

Could Volunteering Help You Achieve Your Career Goals?

1-7 June 2023 is Volunteers’ Week, a time to celebrate the invaluable contribution that volunteers make. This coincides with the point

of the year that many professionals across the country are considering their professional development plans: could volunteering as a

school governor offer the development opportunity you are looking for this year?

Being part of a governing board offers the experience of working at a strategic level and the opportunity to learn and practice skills that

have direct relevance to your career development. These include:

  • strategic leadership
  • problem-solving
  • budget control
  • data analysis
  • building relationships and networks
  • influencing and negotiation

A school’s governing board works as a team to support and challenge senior leadership, guide the strategic direction of the school and

ensure public money is well spent. There is no easier way to gain experience in operating in a board-level environment.

Teacher Liam Anderson got involved as his research showed it was a brilliant opportunity to help achieve his career goals:

“Before becoming a governor, I did some research into what school governance was all about and I could see that it was a brilliant way

to develop my knowledge and understanding of strategic and operational work within schools, that would benefit my career progression

to becoming a senior leader.”

Hannah Cummins from the North East LEP has benefitted from being in the role as a young governor and says: 

“It’s been one of the best things that I’ve ever done. I’ve enjoyed working with the senior leadership team and developing my personal skill set”.

Ready to find out more? Join our information session on Tuesday 4th July, 12.15-1:00pm dedicated to professionals across the green sector

to find out more about becoming a school governor and how their skills can support schools in meeting their Net Zero targets and to

ensure that the curriculum supports young people’s understanding around sustainability and green sector roles. We will hear from

panellists already serving as School Governors from across the green sector.

Sign up for the information session here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WtBnOu4zSZa8jyyYGQ1cAw

We look forward to seeing you there!

Find out more about Inspiring Governance here


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