The Inspiring FE Governance website, which helps connect FE provider boards with skilled individuals interested in serving on boards, has launched today.

The service works by creating a pool of qualified volunteers with a range of business backgrounds who are interested in serving on FE boards, including as future chairs of finance committees. The service then matches these individuals to FE providers who have registered their vacancies.

FE providers have to make significant decisions about investments and resources that have a long-term impact on opportunities for learners in their communities. As board members provide guidance to the senior management and play a part in key decision making, this role is increasingly important.

The Inspiring FE Governance service is free, and unique in that it caters exclusively for the FE sector and the skills that FE boards are looking for.

FE boards can register their board vacancies by completing a short form outlining the role and skills required. Inspiring FE Governance staff then search the database of volunteers and contact the board with potential matches.

Individuals who are interested in serving on FE boards can also register their interest.

The service has been commissioned and funded by the Education and Training Foundation. The delivery partner is Education and Employers, a national, independent charity.

Education and Employers runs the successful Inspiring the Future programme, which connects skilled volunteers with schools and colleges using online technology; and the Inspiring Governance programme, which matches schools with skilled volunteers interested in serving as school governors.