YWCA Australia Board Traineeship Program

Applications for the Board Traineeship are open now! Apply today.

YWCA Australia is committed to investing in Young Women’s development and providing them with pathways to leadership positions through training, mentoring and real-world experience. 

The Board Traineeship program offers young women the opportunity to join the board of YWCA Australia as an observer for a 12-month period, commencing on 1 July and concluding on 30 June. 

Trainees participate in discussions and governance activities, without the duties and responsibilities that apply to director positions. Participants have the opportunity to develop practical and strategic governance skills in a professional, supportive and feminist environment.  

YWCA actively encourages young women with diverse lived experiences to apply. This may take the form of educational, work or personal experiences that may be relevant and useful to the role.

As a part of the program, our Board Trainees:

  • Attend all YWCA Australia board meetings as an observer (including in-person and online meetings) and participate in governance activities without the duties and responsibilities that apply to director positions.
  • Receive a full scholarship to complete the ICDA Certified Community Director course.
  • Undertake a comprehensive internal induction process between May-July 2024
  • Be given a ‘buddy’ on the YWCA Australia board to provide additional support and guidance.
  • Join one of the board sub-committees and attend all associated meetings.
  • Attend the YWCA Australia Annual General Meeting in November 2024 and share their training experiences with members
  • Enthusiastically represent YWCA Australia at events and meetings, sharing your traineeship experience with other young women and stakeholders.

For more information about the Board Traineeship program, contact YWCA Company Secretary, Hannah Murray at companysec@ywca.org.au.

Apply for the Board Traineeship

Applications for our Board Traineeship program for 2024 will open in March 2024. You can apply via our Member Portal.

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