Calling Young Professionals

Young Professionals programme

By Janice Blondeau

An introduction to the South African chapter of the IEC Young Professionals programme.

IEC Young Professionals workshop, Oslo 2012, including YPs from South Africa
IEC Young Professionals workshop, Oslo 2012, including YPs from South Africa

South African chapter launched

In early May 2014, a milestone was reached when the South African Chapter of IEC Young Professionals programme was officially launched.

High calibre panel

As well as Young Professionals from across the country, launch attendees included Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary and CEO; Boni Mehlomakulu, CEO of the South African Bureau of Standards; Pat Naidoo, President of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers and Rob Stephen, Master Specialist in technology at the South African power utility, Eskom.

Growing the next generation of experts

With a membership of almost 80 people the South African Chapter of IEC Young Professionals programme shows just how interested young South Africans are in electrotechnical standardization. The chapter also has ten mentor members who have joined with the intent of mentoring YP members in various fields of electrotechnology and standardization.

An opportunity for South Africa

With the vision of enabling young South African professionals to become national and international experts in standardization and conformity assessment, the South African Chapter has made many excited about the future of electrotechnical standardization. It hopes to provide a large group of technical experts to support the IEC work in the near future, as well as to work in national standardization and conformity assessment activities.

One of the core themes presented to the Young Professionals at the launch was that South Africa and the rest of the world are realizing just how important standards are in the development of a country. Moreover, industries, governments and institutions will be looking to Young Professionals through the development and appropriate application of standards and conformity assessment schemes to address some of the economic, technical and environmental problems that the country and the world are facing.

The next workshop

The IEC Young Professionals 2014 workshop will take place in Tokyo during this year’s General Meeting.

Both participants from previous years and their employers have provided very positive feedback about the workshop and the benefits that it brings.

Appreciation for the IEC Young Professionals programme

“Our company’s representative’s participation in the IEC 2011 YP program gave her a global view of the standardization community. Her participation in this programme was taken into account, among other factors, when selecting her as the company representative within several IEC Committees. It is of the utmost importance for our company to integrate approval engineers from the early stages of product development and also to continuously follow national, regional and international normative and committee discussions in order to develop products that can be certified globally.

We therefore highly appreciate activities like the IEC Young Professionals programme which further develop our younger approval collaborators”.

BSH (Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances), employer of an IEC Young Professionals 2011 workshop participant

Insights into standardization

"IEC YP Workshop has provided the participants with great insights on the world of standardization. It is definitely a great place to be with all the friends that we made."

Vincent Wiguna, IEC 2013 Young Professional

Company and individual benefits

“The IEC Young Professionals workshop is a great opportunity to meet people from the industry from all over the world, share international experience and cultural aspects. Also the workshop has helped me to recognize the need for International Standards and to understand the difficulties in the realization of standards. The IEC YP workshop was a great benefit for my private and professional life!

Michael Imseng, IEC 2013 Young Professional

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IEC Young Professionals workshop, Oslo 2012, including YPs from South Africa IEC Young Professionals workshop, Oslo 2012, including YPs from South Africa
In May 2014, South Africa launched a chapter of the IEC Young Professionals programme In May 2014, South Africa launched a chapter of the IEC Young Professionals programme
The IEC Young Professionals - 2014 workshop will take place in Tokyo in November during the IEC General Meeting The IEC Young Professionals - 2014 workshop will take place in Tokyo in November during the IEC General Meeting