School governance is a win-win opportunity for employers.

Being a school governor is an excellent way for employees to gain valuable new skills, such as strategic planning, leadership, chairing, team working, understanding data and working with budgets. Schools are looking for volunteers from a wide range of professions and sectors, with skills and expertise in areas such as finance, human resources, law, and marketing.

Supporting school governance is also a great addition to your Corporate Social Responsibility plan. Nine in ten consumers expect companies to operate responsibly to address social and environmental issues, according to a 2015 study by Cone Communications. Employers who enable their employees to become governors are demonstrating a commitment to their communities and to developing the UK’s future workforce. They are making a huge difference to the lives of young people.

Here are a few resources that make the case for employee volunteering:

CIPD report: Employee volunteering for learning and development 

Employee Volunteering website: Benefits to Business

City of London research report: Volunteering – The Business Case

Why use Inspiring Governance?

Inspiring Governance is a free, online service that connects schools and colleges with volunteers interested in becoming a governor or trustee. We provide bespoke support and tools for employers seeking to promote volunteering in their companies.

We can help your company to encourage and support staff to become governors. We have a number of resources that companies can use to promote school governance to their employees. Our four regional managers are also available to support you.

Free training and support available

Your employees matched with schools through the Inspiring Governance service will also have free access to a range of support and training through the National Governance Association (NGA). This includes:

  • dedicated telephone and email support to walk them through the first year
  • a copy of NGA’s Welcome to Governance induction guide
  • access to NGA’s online guidance centre containing a wealth of resources
  • free training through NGA’s e-learning programme (8 themed modules)
  • membership of the Young Governors’ Network for volunteers under the age of 40

Find out more about the support available.

Why not start now? You could:

  • Develop an employee governors scheme
  • Promote governance by putting up our poster in your staffroom
  • Be a role model – volunteer as a governor yourself
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If you have any questions, please contact us at enquiries@inspiringgovernance.org or phone 020 7566 4880. Alternatively, you could contact your regional manager directly.

Eileen Brocklehurst, South West, eileen.brocklehurst@educationandemployers.org 
Michael Roy, East and South East, michael.roy@educationandemployers.org
Richard Ellam, Midlands, richard.ellam@educationandemployers.org
Claire Leman, North, claire.leman@educationandemployers.org