We are looking to recruit two apprentices to our board of trustees. They will gain first-hand experience and training. We hope this will increase the number of board-ready autistic people who can take on decision making roles across the charity sector.

Every charity has a governing body - often a board of trustees. Being on a board is a significant role, trustees take overall responsibility for the charity's work and hold the Chief Executive and team to account.

We ran a board apprentice scheme in 2018-19 and want to build on the success of that pilot in 2019-20. This is a year-long voluntary role, which involves four meetings in central London.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for board apprentices who

  • have a diagnosis of autism
  • have a genuine interest and passion for the vision, mission and activities undertaken by Autistica
  • have a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to being an apprentice
  • understand the importance of confidentiality
  • are interested in strategic conversations and the charity sector
  • are willing to listen to and respect different points of view

You do not need to have previous Board or charity experience.

Application process

  1. Complete this application form by 12 March 2020.
  2. Candidates will be informed whether they have been shortlisted or not by 19 March 2020.
  3. Candidates will be reviewed internally.
  4. Candidates will be interviewed by Autistica staff and trustees.
  5. Chosen candidates will then be offered a place on the board.


Contact Bethan: Bethan.Davies@autistica.org.uk