5 Board Member Positions (Voluntary) 

Time Commitment: 10 days per annum (includes 4 board meetings, 4 sub-committee meetings and 2 development days)
Tenure: 3 years with the option to extend for a further 3 years

We are working in strategic partnership with Careers Choices Gyrfa (CCDG) Trading as Careers Wales in the appointment of 5 new Board Members. Careers Wales is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Welsh Government, they deliver a "blended" service that integrates the use of digital technologies alongside more traditional, face-to-face channels of delivery. They provide an all age, bilingual, careers information, advice and guidance service in Wales.  

Careers Wales support customers to become more effective at planning and managing their careers, recognising that career management no longer consists of a one-off occupational choice, but rather a series of lifelong career transitions. Through improving career management skills and competencies, customers are able to make these transitions more smoothly, enjoy a higher level of career satisfaction and play a more active part in the economy.

Their current 'Changing Lives' strategy delivers a vision that provides:
  • A stronger focus on young people, with a particular emphasis on Key Stage 4 and support at other transition points up to the age of 19.
  • Enhanced services to support other organisations to help young people develop their careers.
  • Greater use of digital technology.

There is now a careers advisor linked to every secondary school to work in partnership to enhance the delivery of effective Careers and World of Work programmes. Careers Wales has developed an employer engagement offer to secondary schools through the development of an Education Business Exchange database. A facilitated database which holds information on employers and businesses across Wales who have indicated their willingness to support schools with their curriculum.

Careers Wales has a budget of £18.8m core grant Funding from the Welsh Government.

Board's role

The role of the board is to:

  • Provide effective leadership; defining and developing strategic direction and setting challenging objectives.
  • Promote high standards of public finance, upholding the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money.
  • Ensure that CCDG’s activities are conducted efficiently and effectively.
  • Monitor performance to ensure that CCDG fully meets its aims, objectives and performance targets.

To do this the board must ensure that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal control. The board is expected to assure itself of the effectiveness of the internal control and risk management systems.

In particular, the board is responsible for:

  • Establishing and taking forward the strategic aims and objectives of CCDG consistent with its overall purpose and within the CCDG Articles of Association and Framework document determined by the Minister for Economy and Transport.
  • Ensuring that the Minister for Economy and Transport is kept informed fully of any changes that are likely to impact on the strategic direction of CCDG or on the attainability of its targets, and of steps needed to deal with such changes.
  • Ensuring compliance with any statutory or administrative requirements in respect of the use of public funds.
  • Ensuring that it receives and reviews regularly, financial information concerning the management of CCDG.
  • Demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times, including by using the audit committee to help the board to address key financial and other risks.
Role and Responsibilities 

A CCDG Board Member will:

  • Play an active role in delivering the CCDG’s remit and ensuring CCDG will achieve maximum impact. This will include sharing their expertise and lived experience in what works, challenging the status quo and suggesting solutions.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant procurement rules, both in relation to the Welsh Government funding of CCDG (as wholly-owned Welsh Government subsidiary and Teckal company) and CCDG expenditure as a contracting authority subject to the procurement rules.
  • Attend Board meetings regularly and prepare thoroughly for those meetings.
  • Be prepared to serve on sub-committees.
  • To provide leadership to CCDG management and staff in producing and implementing a new five year Strategic Vision for Careers Wales.
  • Actively provide, and balance, both challenge and support to CCDG management and staff in their work.
  • Represent CCDG at public functions; (if formal interview or statement they would need to liaise with our marketing department first).
  • Promote the profile of CCDG.
  • Facilitate contact with CCDG’s stakeholders and actively promote equality and diversity with communities and respective stakeholders.
  • Understand and subscribe to the commitments of a public role, as defined in Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life.
Welsh Language Skills

2 of the 5 positions require welsh language skills as ‘essential’. 3 of the positions, welsh language is ‘desirable'.

Person specification 

CCDG is seeking five new board members with a range of expertise, across a broad range of economic sectors, professions and social groups.

We would also welcome applications from individuals with skills in the following areas;

  • Accountancy / Finance background
  • Risk Management
  • Education
  • Digital / Tech
  • Business (Private Industry)
  • Law
  • Estates Management
Essential Criteria

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment:

  • An ability to constructively challenge. 
  • A proven track record in building relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Knowledge and understanding of learning and work issues at community, local and regional or national levels.
  • A commitment to promoting equality and diversity.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to clearly and succinctly explain complex issues, while demonstrating respect for the views of others.
  • Sound judgement, sensitivity and political awareness.
Candidates shortlisted for interview will be required to expand on how they meet the criteria above using examples and evidence.
Diversity Strategy

The Welsh Government believes that public bodies should have board members who reflect Welsh society — people from all walks of life — to help them understand people's needs and make better decisions. This is why the Welsh Government is encouraging a wide and diverse range of individuals to apply for appointments to public bodies. Applications are particularly welcome from all under-represented groups including women, people under 30 years of age, black, Asian and minority ethnic people, disabled people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

How to apply

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Pavan Arora
Director of Permanent Recruitment
Pavan manages our permanent, specialist and executive search recruitment teams which deliver innovative, retention focused talent solutions. An award-winning recruitment director with a candidate experience centric approach, ensuring our clients secure the best in class talent from across the UK & Europe.
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