Job Description

Could you help an exciting new charity by being one of its first trustees or its first chair?

Workwhile is a successful and innovative initiative, supporting businesses to create more good work and to ensure everyone can access it. We're seeking our first board of trustees, including our first chair, who will work in partnership with the director as the initiative becomes a new independent charity. It's a unique opportunity to use your skills to help Workwhile thrive and grow, ensuring the charity is able to maximise its impact.

We exist because whilst talent is everywhere, opportunities to access good work are not. We believe in the power of good work to transform lives, communities and the economy. Our mission is to unlock the power of good work, breaking down barriers for young, disadvantaged and marginalised people. By working with employers, we want to create an equitable world of work where everyone has access to meaningful, lasting employment.

Workwhile is currently incubated and hosted by IPPR (the Institute for Public Policy Research). We began life as the London Progression Collaboration project, which launched in 2020 to support the creation of new apprenticeship opportunities for low-paid Londoners. Apprenticeships remain at the heart of our work – we’ve created over 1,750 of them for low-paid, disadvantaged and marginalised Londoners to date – complemented by a wider portfolio of work.

The next exciting step in our development is to become an independent charity. Our trustees will be responsible for governance and oversight, keeping our director and team on track, making sure we do what we’ve said we will do and stay true to our mission.

We are seeking a chair and trustees who are committed to creating an equitable world of work, and can bring a range of relevant experience and expertise to support our journey. We are particularly keen that our trustees reflect the businesses with whom we work and the workers who benefit from our work, and have lived experience of the issues we address. We especially welcome applications from people from disadvantaged and marginalised groups who are under-represented in governance roles. Our ideal trustees will also model our values as they work with us: caring collaboration, joy, expertise, innovation, proactivity and determination.

To read more about the roles and responsibilities, as well as how to apply, please download the full role description and application pack. If you have any questions about the role or to arrange an informal discussion where possible, please email info@workwhile.org.uk.