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The Society for Education and Training (SET) is the membership body dedicated to professionals working across further education, vocational teaching and training. SET is the largest membership body in the education sector and growing rapidly. We help our members to progress their career, inspire them to be an even better education and training professional and connects its members with thousands of like-minded professionals and experts. As part of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) SET campaigns to raise the status of members profession, champion the quality of teaching and training across further education, vocational teaching and training and provide members with access to the best teaching and training tools, research and expert views there are.


SET also administers both Qualified Teacher Learning Status (QTLS) and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) on behalf of the ETF.

About the role

SET are seeking to appoint a Lay Member to the SET Management Board

Salary: unremunerated

Time commitment: 4-6 days per year

Location: primarily central London

Term of office: three years (with the potential for a further term)

The SET Management Board (SMB) oversees the work of SET; it advises the ETF Board on strategic development, the operational plan, and the performance and impact of SET. The successful applicant will be appointed as a full member of the SMB and your contribution will be vital in terms of bringing practitioner perspectives to the business of overseeing SET.

As a member of the SMB you’ll have various responsibilities, including: helping us deal with the challenges and opportunities of running a membership organisation, formulating the strategy and supervising the operations of our membership business; and helping to grow SET.

We will offer induction, support and training to help you play a full part on the SMB; interested individuals might also like to familiarise themselves with the SET website, including SET governance.

Knowledge, skills and experience

The successful applicant(s) will:

  • Have an interest in strategic and operational decision making in charitable and/or professional membership organisations
  • Have an interest in further education and training
  • Have experience of offering and discussing perspectives in a committee or forum
  • Have the confidence to speak their mind and contribute to SMB meetings
  • Act fairly and impartially, using independent judgement and maintaining confidentiality
  • Have a commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion

In turn, as a Member of the SMB you will:

  • Receive training and development opportunities
  • Gain experience of strategic decision making
  • Be exposed and contribute to finding solutions for education and skills challenges in a membership context at a national level
  • Meet a diverse range of people with the shared interest of supporting practitioners in FE and training

Remuneration and time commitment

This isn’t a paid position, but expenses will be reimbursed. The SMB meets three times per year. SMB members need to attend a minimum of two meetings a year and there is a strong expectation of attending all three. Board members are occasionally encouraged to represent the SET at external events. like the SET conference and LNG's.

Term of Appointment:

Following a successful application process and telephone interview the SMB Lay Member will be appointed for an initial three-year term, with the potential to be appointed for a second term.

How to apply and key dates

To apply, please submit your CV (3 pages max) and a brief supporting statement (around 200-400 words) including your reason for applying and suitability for the post referring to the outlined knowledge, skills and experience. Please also complete and return the equal opportunities monitoring form. Please direct applications to Amanda Parkes, SET Administrator, at amanda.parkes@etfoundation.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 16 August  

Telephone interviews: will take place over Thu 08 August to Thu 22 August

We would like the new Lay Member to join the next SMB meeting taking place on 19 September 2019 in central London.

Please let us know with your application of any dates that are not convenient during the above periods.

SMB Chair role applications

We are also currently recruiting for the role of SMB Chair. The Chair will be selected from the SMB membership, excluding ETF staff. To apply for the Chair role or to have site of the role description, please indicate your interest by e-mailing amanda.parkes@etfoundation.co.uk

About the Education and Training Foundation

As the sector-owned, government-backed workforce development body for the Further Education (FE) and training sector, ETF’s strategic objective is to support the continuing transformation of our country’s technical and vocational education system by ensuring the sector has world-class teachers, trainers, assessors and leaders. This leads to ever-improving learner outcomes, a better skilled workforce and a stronger economy, country and society. Since 2013, ETF has secured significant investment from the Government into the FE workforce, £96m over five years, and worked in partnership with its Founding Member organisations and with a wide range of bodies to deliver support and development programmes. Our charitable purpose is to advance the education of the public over the age of 14. Our strategy for achieving this is to improve the effectiveness and professionalism of teachers, trainers and leaders in FE and training.

SET builds and promotes the professional status of FE practitioners, helping them progress in their careers through wider recognition of their expertise. In 2017-18, SET developed a three-year strategy focusing on membership growth and refining the membership offer. The three pillars that underpin this strategy are: 1) being easy to do business with, 2) meeting members’ needs, and 3) building a loyal membership base. Our growth areas are centred on student memberships and corporate partnerships, and by simplifying the joining and renewal process we aim to improve retention and service quality. In 2018-19, SET membership grew to 19,685, representing a 15% growth in the year. SET aims to reach 25,000 members in 2019-20, with 1,700 QTLS and 200 ATS submissions.

Further information

For further detail regarding our role, context and priorities, you can find information re current SET Management Board here and a copy of the current SMB Terms of Reference and the latest SMB meeting minutes. We are happy to make the SET 3 year strategy available on request (contact Amanda.Parkes@etfoundation.co.uk) and you may like to review the latest ETF Trustees’ Report and Accounts.

If you would like further information about the role and/or the application process, please contact Martin Reid, SET Director (Martin.Reid@etfoundation.co.uk; 07702 336847)