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Jersey Branch of Board Apprentice is launched.

Posted on 25/05/16

Kendrick Rose works closely with Board Apprentice whose goal is to widen the pool of senior board-ready candidates, by creating opportunities for boards to future-proof their organisations, communities and countries through the power of diversity and inclusiveness.

Charlotte Valeur founded Board Apprentice in 2014 in cooperation with a handful of co-founders and Boards. The organisation is built on volunteers and stakeholders pulling together to solve the social issue of insufficient diversity at the top. 

Developing local talent in its widest form and to the highest level is important for all countries and in every country BAG is set up the Board Apprentice concept is run and shared with local companies, business networks and government bodies. 

Board Apprentice Global Limited (BAGL) is established in Jersey as a not-for-profit Social Franchise dedicated to increasing diversity on boards by widening the pool of board-ready candidates - giving boards locally the opportunity to increase diversity of ethnicity, gender, culture, age, disability etc. 

Through an apprentice scheme senior executives are offered a year-long program that provides access to an ‘educational’ seat at the board room table to get boardroom experience.

The organisation is growing rapidly and setting up in new countries every year. The organisation works closely with lawyers to manage legal and confidentiality issues. 

The aim is for Board Apprentice Global to work with the local country groups to drive the diversity needs of the location.

Diversifying the boardroom has been proven to improve innovation, competitive strength and strategic planning by reducing or eliminating blind spots. 

Participating in the BA programme will lead to a practical solution for the perceived lack of board-ready candidates and also help companies to nurture in-house talent.

The ultimate reward for embracing diversity is the positive impact on the bottom line.

Board Apprentice looks at diversity beyond gender: it encompasses ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, age, disability, personality and skillset. The change in perspective that this provides helps companies to appeal to an ever-evolving consumer base and to stay on top of change.

By joining the programme, boards can help solve the diversity challenge.

•Having a Board Apprentice can be classed as a “positive permitted action”, fulfill part of CSR requirement and can be added to the diversity statement;
• There is no cost to the board. All expenses are borne by the Apprentice;
• Facilitates succession planning by increasing the pool of board-ready candidates and building the diversity pipeline;

• Helps companies to be more adaptable and align with shareholders and other stakeholders;
• Strengthens a corporate culture of inclusion ahead of formal new appointments;
• Improves reputation; and
• Leads to improved, informed, risk assessment and decision-making,
through healthy debate.

• Become a corporate member, which gives the ability to use the Board Apprentice scheme as part of the talent retention and attraction effort;
• Offer financial support and in doing so, fulfill part of the company’s CSR requirement and add the programme to the diversity statement.
• Become a franchisee of a group of up to 20 host boards;
• Offer pro-bono services;
• Spread the word about the BA concept;
• Become an Apprentice and / or refer candidates.

BA is supported by the boards and CEOs of several blue chip
companies and national charities. It is run by senior professionals
with years of board experience.

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