Becoming a school governor through Amazon
Improve educational outcomes for children in your community
Amazon have partnered with Governors for Schools who are a leading education charity which works with state funded schools across England and Wales to address the shortage of school governance volunteers.
They appoint over 2,000 volunteers just like you every year, providing ongoing support to help them have the greatest impact in their roles. No specific skills or experience are required to apply to become a governor, just the passion and drive to improve the prospects of children.
The school governance role is open to all Amazon employees and the application all other support provided is entirely free.Start your application
“Being a governor was transformative. It gave me board-level experience early on in my career, I learned how to manage risks and budgets, and how the highest-order decisions are made – and at the heart of it all was the knowledge that I was helping to improve the lives and outcomes of children. I continue to bring what I learned from my time as a governor into my work, and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to contribute to their local community, and who has high aspirations for young people’s futures as well as for their own career.”
Eugenie Teasley, Head of Impact at Amazon.
About the role and the impact you can have
School governors are unpaid but incredibly important volunteers who have 3 main responsibilities:
- Planning the strategic direction of the school
- Overseeing financial performance of the school and ensuring money is well spent
- Holding the headteacher or school leadership to account
A governor’s relationship with the school’s leadership team involves challenging existing processes to drive school improvement. Governors usually attend around six meetings per year. Although becoming a governor requires drive and commitment, you’ll enjoy many professional and personal rewards, including career development opportunities and the chance to support young people’s futures.
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Watch this short animated video about the impact you can have in a governance role.
Support before and after you become a school governor
As an Amazon employee, you’ll be given additional support in becoming a governor through our partnership with Governors for Schools. All training is made available to you for free.
You will receive;
- Access to the Governors for Schools premium eLearning resource “Become an Effective New Governor” shortly after you apply. This is usually a paid-for resource provided freely to you through the partnership between Amazon and Governors for Schools.
- Access to Governors for Schools Skills Development Tracker to track your development as a governor and reflect on your time spent in role.
- Access to additional training events such as the termly Business Governor Network and longer form training series designed to ensure you are up to date with the education sector
All volunteers will receive a named point of contact who will work with you to find you the right opportunity at a school needing someone with your experience and perspective. They will be more than happy to talk through any questions you may have about the role and the process.
Support for governors
Our training and resources are there to get you up to speed, so that you’re effective from your first day in the role. Your professional experience at Amazon will benefit a school – rest assured that you don’t have to know all the acronyms by your first meeting.
The majority of volunteers placed by Governors for Schools are first time governors. Bringing an external perspective to discussions is an important aspect of ensuring robust decision making.Start your application
Register for upcoming webinars and watch back previous sessions.See webinars
Complete our eLearning modules to gain an overview of what to expect as a governor, along with key elements of the role, including finance and performance data.Start eLearning
Any questions about the role? Check out our FAQ section for answers to many of the common questions.FAQs
If you’re ready to start your governance journey, please don’t hesitate to apply online today. We’ll process your application as quickly as possible.Start your application