Boardroom Apprentices encourage people to apply for the 2022 programme

Boardroom Apprentices encourage people to apply for the 2022 programme

Boardroom Apprentice founder Eileen Mullan

Staff reporter


Staff reporter


Boardroom Apprentices Aaron Carey, Maria Curry and Jason Murray are encouraging people to apply for the 2022 Boardroom Apprentice programme.

Open to those aged 16 or over from all backgrounds and all abilities, this unique board learning and development programme is looking for a diverse range of Boardroom Apprentices to take a seat at one of 58 host boards and attend a suite of learning days throughout the year.

Armagh man and 2021 Boardroom Apprentice Aaron Carey who was hosted by the board of Northern Health and Social Care Trust said: “I think that many of us have a feeling of wanting to help or promote a cause that we believe in, or give back in some way to a theme that was supportive of us in the past; Boardroom Apprentice has opened my eyes to an outlet for that desire to benefit society, a skillset to provide value to organisations that help deliver on principles I believe in, and a confidence that they will want my help.”

Founded by Eileen Mullan in 2017, the programme is now in its sixth year and has helped 223 individuals across Northern Ireland make their aspiration of sitting on a board a reality whilst helping to diversify boardrooms in the public and third sector.

Eileen Mullan, Boardroom Apprentice founder, said: “I decided to create a programme that brings together three key elements – knowledge and understanding, experience and support. Over a twelve-month window Boardroom Apprentices will get practical board experience, a suite of learning days and support to fully equip them to serve on a board in the public or third sector.

“Being a Boardroom Apprentice is a gift. You get the programme as a gift with the expectation that you give it back. Being a Boardroom Apprentice is about preparing you for public service, which is about you playing your part.”

With support from the Department of Finance, the Boardroom Apprentice provides apprentices with the opportunity to expand their skill set through a suite of learning days on topics such as finance, governance and communication.

Armagh woman Boardroom Apprentice Maria Curry believed her time in the 2021 programme was a remarkable opportunity.

“If you are willing to give your time, energy and commitment and be ready to learn, grow and develop you will really benefit from all that the Boardroom Apprentice 2023 will have to offer. I promise you this will be time well spent and you won’t regret it.”

Jason Murray, also from Armagh, was part of the 2021 cohort and said the programme provided “a unique opportunity to build your knowledge, skills and confidence on what it takes to be a competent Board member.”

He added: “The programme gives you the building blocks to become a Board member of the future which is not available anywhere else in Northern Ireland. All of this is done in an environment which is safe, supportive and collaborative. For anyone who aspires to this it is well worth the time and effort.”

The Boardroom Apprentice programme seeks to enable a wider diversity of individuals within boardrooms across Northern Ireland and challenges preconceived stereotypes of the makeup of boardrooms.

This year’s programme will run from 01st September 2022 - until 31st August 2023 in adherence to all relevant Covid-19 guidance. Applications will close on Tuesday 24th May at 3pm.

Applications are now open, to apply go to 

For more information on Boardroom Apprentice go to 

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