We are currently seeking a Co-Chair and a Governor with Business experience to step into a highly rewarding volunteer role within the bemix Supported Internship Management Committee.  

Joining a dynamic social enterprise and new programme, your experience will bring vital wisdom and insight to help us develop and grow. Ultimately, your contribution will flow down to enrich the impact our team is having supporting young people to learn about the world of work and become contributors themselves to businesses. You'll play a key role supporting executive leaders, who do amazing work in a demanding environment.

Our governors contribute to strategic direction, support our executive leaders to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people, and oversee financial performance. Governors are at the heart of shaping a powerful model of education that is proven to be effective at overcoming the many barriers young people with learning disabilities and/or autism face with employment.

CO-CHAIR 

Want to use your Board or Committee chairing experience to change young lives? We're seeking a Co-Chair to join our dynamic, growing social enterprise pioneering support for young people with learning difficulties and/or autism to move from school into sustained careers.

We are seeking a strong leader with experience of chairing Boards and Committees to work alongside our Co-Chair with a learning difficulty as equal Co-Chairs. Together, you will co-lead a small, highly dynamic and focused team of governors working hard to improve quality and achieve excellence in our field. You will set high standards, organise work, enable open discussion that leads to clear actions with monitored deadlines and build a strong, diverse team in which every person is well-matched to their role and consistently active. 

ESSENTIAL: Experience of chairing a Board and/or Committee.

VERY DESIRABLE: Experience chairing a governing body, ideally but not necessarily in education.

DESIRABLE: Quality Assurance, Finance, Health and Safety, Safeguarding.





GOVERNOR WITH BUSINESS EXPERIENCE 

Want to use your business experience to change young lives? We're seeking governors to join our dynamic, growing social enterprise pioneering support for young people with learning difficulties and/or autism to move from school into sustained careers.

We are seeking a new governor with strong business experience. This means you employ, or have employed, people in a business, including disabled people. Our impact depends on excellent relations with Kent employers. You should be well connected with Kent business, understand what employers need and know the jobs market. You should be respected in the business community and able to promote our work to employers. You will have achieved or worked towards accreditation as an employer that values disabled people, for example Disability Confident Employer. In Committee work, which is often diverted into dealing with the education system, you will play a leading role in making sure our work is always focused on supporting young people to achieve high quality, paid work and sustained careers.

ESSENTIAL

Business leadership, with a track record of enabling employees to reach their potential.

A strong reputation in the Kent business community.

VERY DESIRABLE

Accreditation for valuing disabled employees, for example Disability Confident Employer.

Knowledge of education and training that supports young people into sustained careers.

DESIRABLE

Knowledge of the education system. 

Quality Assurance, Finance, Health and Safety, Safeguarding.

TIME COMMITMENT - BOTH ROLES

bemix is a new provider in development, with the committee leading quality improvement from our first and only Ofsted rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ in March 2019, to at least ‘Good’ in the next inspection, which could take place at any time. This means committee members are working at pace and typically engaging with work and responding to email messages within 48 hours, and sometimes same day in the event of urgent issues such as safeguarding alerts. 

We expect this intensity of work to reduce once a ‘Good’ rating has been achieved, but need to set the expectations of interested applicants who would be joining a highly dynamic, focused team at an exciting phase in our development. 

  • 2.5 hour Committee meeting every month. Meetings are presently midweek daytime using Zoom video conferencing.
  • 3 hour Quality Monitoring meeting every three months. Meetings are presently midweek daytime using Zoom. 
  • Meet one-to-one with the Project Lead for a geographic area every three to four months. We presently work in two areas: Swale and Medway. 
  • Visit provision to meet young people and employers once every three months, completing a formal observation checklist.
  • Support with specific needs as they arise, which may need occasional meetings.
  • Time involved in handling email exchanges with prompt responses (see note in bold above) and reading committee documents before and after meetings. 
  • Networking time according to the member’s availability.



Please contact Matt Clifton, Chief Executive to apply for either role: [email protected]



On applying, we will arrange a phone/Zoom conversation or meeting to discuss the role informally. If agreeable to both parties, we will proceed to a formal interview including meeting young people who will be involved in the decision to appoint. Our due diligence includes the need for two references, work history, conflict of interest assessment, history of bankruptcy check, Enhanced DBS check and Safeguarding and Prevent training at the start of the appointment.