Go ahead, Get ahead
It is an ongoing IEC priority to expand its expert community to involve more and more qualified people. To date 335 participants from 44 countries have participated in the IEC Young Professionals Programme since it was launched in 2010. Many National Committees (NCs) have also launched their own programme, following the same approach.
The IEC Young Professionals (YP) Programme provides a springboard for further involvement in electrotechnical standards and conformity assessment work. The Programme is geared towards younger professionals whose work encompasses the use of electrotechnical standards; professionals with technical, managerial and engineering skills.
The IEC Young Professionals Programme provides capacity building activities to help participants to become tomorrow's leaders in the world of international standardization and conformity assessment. Participants have the opportunity to meet key management, from IEC Officers to members of the Standardization Management Board or the Conformity Assessment Board. They can also observe a Technical Committee (TC) meeting. Breakout sessions, simulation of an IEC TC exercise and interactive sessions will give participants the opportunity to work together and provide their inputs into some of the issues that IEC faces.
Experience standardization from the inside
Following previous workshops, the response from both participants and their employer organizations has been positive and enthusiastic. Participants say they have come away from the three-day workshop with a deeper understanding of the standardization process, a broadened technical expert network and the satisfaction of feeling part of the bigger IEC world. The networking opportunity with experts in similar fields of activity is particularly valued by participants.
“For me the most valuable thing about the Young Professionals workshop has been the networking opportunities. I’ve managed to meet my counterparts from various different countries and those are great industry contacts that I’m sure to use in the future. We’ll be able to call on one another in our day-to-day work.”
Zoë Lincoln, South Africa
See the IEC in a different light
Participants’ prior experience of standardization and conformity assessment is varied. Some have a broad understanding of the processes involved and are working in IEC TCs. While some participants may use IEC International Standards in their daily work, for example in testing and conformity assessment of their company’s products, they may have been less involved with the actual writing of standards and the consensus-based approach used in preparing IEC Standards.
“You get to meet the representatives from industry, you learn to get along with them and learn a lot from them. You get to know how industry moves, how International Standards are being developed, and you understand a lot about people from the rest of the world and how they think…it's a huge opportunity.”
Ricardo Luis Nava Garibay, Mexico
Benefits also for companies
Enabling their employees to take part in the IEC Young Professionals Programme empowers companies to provide their staff with fast track access to the world of international standardization and conformity assessment and boosts employees’ personal motivation. For employer organizations benefits include enhanced participation in standardization, expanded awareness of the company and increased potential for new contacts.
IEC Young Professionals – 2016 workshop
For the Frankfurt workshop, each IEC Member country can register two to three representatives, chosen via an NC selection process. More information about the IEC Young Professionals 2016 workshop is available from National Committees and on the IEC website. Workshop registration will remain open until the end of June.