Conquering Boards

Published: 9th August 2017, 1:59pm

Conquering Boards

Boardroom Apprentice

Politics Plus are pleased to host one of the newly selected Boardroom Apprentices. The programme was developed in collaboration with Strictly Boardroom to give people the opportunity to work on a Board for 12 months. The purpose of which is to motivate more people to put themselves forward for Board and Committee positions, with the ultimate aim of ensuring more diversity in the decision-making of the public and private sector.

Strictly Boardroom reported an impressive level of interest in programme, with over 207 applicants to this pilot programme. The selection panel selected 29 Boardroom Apprentices and matched them across the 24 host boards, as listed below.


Politics Plus New Life Counselling
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Libraries NI
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Extern
Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Labour Relations Agency
Nexus NI Age NI
South Eastern Regional College The Rainbow Project
Big Lottery Fund NI Committee Strategic Investment Board
Supporting Communities Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute
Probation Board for Northern Ireland Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Housing Executive VOYPIC
Young Enterprise Northern Ireland Ulster Orchestra


The Education Authority Canoe Association of Northern Ireland


Politics Plus are thrilled to welcome Ms Claire Cromie as our very own Board Apprentice.

Politics Plus will provide a valuable and wide-ranging experience for our Boardroom Apprentice who will be immersed in the decision-making and governance of Politics Plus. They can expect to engage in ground breaking programmes, international best practice and support innovative plans to include working with the Northern Ireland Assembly Women’s Parliamentary Caucus on their Engagement Plan.

The training and 12-month placement begins 1st September 2017. During the year, the programme will provide Boardroom Apprentices with skill development opportunities in areas such as: governance of a board, managing conflict, developing valuable professional relationships, effective communication and understanding complex information.

Register with to keep informed of the next programme and all board vacancies that arise in the meantime. You can also follow @PoliticsPlusNI, @BoardAppr and @strictlyboardrm for more updates and news.

(+ 16 more)

Latest News

Politics Plus logo

Politics Plus to cease all activities by 31 October 2021

If you require any further information, please email

29th September 2021


Young women bring ‘Each for Equal’ message to The Assembly

Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly Women’s Caucus joined a special debate in the Assembly Chamber to celebrate IWD 2020

6th March 2020

(L-R) Mirjam Bader, Politics Plus, Arlene Foster, First Minister, Michelle O'Neill, deputy First Minister and Gina McIntyre CEO SEUPB.

Women of The Next Chapter project CELEBRATE

Project Final Closing Event celebrates the future of peace-building and representation in public and political life

27th February 2020