Applicants wanted for NI's Boardroom Apprentice programme

  • A programme supported by the Department of Finance is looking for boardroom apprentices to take a seat at one of over 50 host boards.

    The Boardroom Apprentice learning and development initiative will last for a year and aims to create a diverse group of suitably skilled applicants for future appointments, helping to ensure public and third sector boards are more representative.

    Finance Minister Conor Murphy is encouraging people to take part in the 2020 instalment of the programme, which is now in its fourth year.
    He said: “Boardroom Apprentice is an excellent programme which gives people an opportunity to get real boardroom experience.

    “The Department of Finance was the first Department to take part in the programme and I’d like to thank our Boardroom Apprentice, May Cheung, for her contribution. We are looking forward to taking part again this year and I would encourage anyone with an interest in getting boardroom experience to apply before next week’s deadline.”

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    Department of Finance Boardroom Apprentice, May Cheung added: “Having been inspired by many wonderful individuals in my life who were making real improvements to the world, I realised joining a Board is where I could draw on my own life experiences and make a difference and Boardroom Apprentice gave me the tools to do it.

    “For anyone who wants to be on a Board but is on the fence about applying, just do it. I hesitated too but realised that I had everything to gain and nothing to lose. Sometimes it takes bravery to take that first leap; the ever inspirational Eileen and the rest of the Team at Boardroom Apprentice are there to help with amazing support mechanisms in place.”

    Eileen Mullan, Boardroom Apprentice founder concluded: “Boardroom Apprentice is about unlocking the potential of people of all ages above 16, all backgrounds and all abilities to play their part. Giving your time and sharing your skills on a Board is an incredible way to support our Public and Third sectors. If you really want to serve, then this programme is about enabling you to do just that.”

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    Further information on the programme and how to apply is available here: or on Twitter @BoardAppr. The closing date for applications is 11.00am on Monday 29 June.

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