Mentoring, a central force

Transmitting best practice

By Aliyah Esmail

The IEC has launched a mentoring programme for its Members as well as Affiliate countries. The purpose of this programme is to broaden participation at all levels by encouraging well developed NCs to mentor and share their experience with other NCs (National Committees) and Affiliates’ NECs (National Electrotechnical Committees).

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Mentoring helps everyone succeed

"Bill is learnin' me his experience,” said Yankees catcher Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra. At the beginning of his career he was coached by Bill Dickey, another catcher of some renown. Berra was being groomed as Dickey’s replacement. This mentoring helped Berra become the catcher he is remembered as being in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mentoring is a central force. It can help students succeed, baseball players break records and it can help countries move forward in their work with the IEC.

A mentoring programme advances learning

The IEC has been a pioneer in bringing the benefits and advantages of involvement in the IEC to many countries throughout the world, not only through membership and the Affiliate Country Programme, but also for example by opening up membership of its conformity assessment systems to countries that are not yet IEC Members. Through its mentoring programme, the IEC will further increase support to these countries, both as customers for IEC International Standards and users of the IEC Conformity Assessment Systems, with a view to building their capacity for greater participation in the Commission’s technical work. .

Benefits for NCs and Affiliates

The mentoring programme will help NCs and Affiliate NECs at the management and technical levels. Mentoring at the management level will focus on the reinforcement of the NC or NEC structure and its mirror committees. Technical mentoring will enhance the participation of experts, focusing on the procedures for commenting on IEC International Standards during the development and providing guidance in understanding the requirements laid out in these Standards.

Both mentor and mentee, not to forget the IEC, are bound to gain from the partnership they engage in. Stronger ties may provide mentoring countries with new business opportunities in developing or emerging markets. The fast-track approach will help mentees enhance their participation in IEC standardization work and have their voice heard sooner rather than later, thus reinforcing the truly global and leading role played by the IEC in the electrotechnical field.

Affiliate specificities

For the purpose of the mentoring programme, the Affiliate Countries are split into different categories so that they can each get the type of learning that best reflects their needs.

The Affiliate Plus countries with an established NEC, with up to 50 or with more than 50 adoptions of IEC International Standards will be offered mentoring at the management and technical levels provided by volunteer IEC experts.

Affiliate Countries that do not have a NEC, whether or not they have adopted IEC International Standards, will be offered training to help establish their NEC by the Affiliate Team and Regional Centers, with support from IEC TISS (Technical Information and Support Services).

Training on the adoption procedure for Standards as well as on the fundamentals needed for active participation in IEC work will continue to be offered by the Affiliate Secretariat

More information

For more information about the Mentoring Programme or to register please contact:

NCs interested in participating either as a mentor or as a mentee: Reena Teuber.

Interested Affiliates:Thomas Robertson.

Firste mentoring agreement between Austria and Rwanda

Soon after the official launch of the Programme in June, a first mentoring agreement was signed between Austria and Rwanda. Under the terms of the agreement, the Austrian NC will provide assistance to the Rwandan NEC both on the management and technical levels. The mentoring will focus on the following topics:

  • reinforcing the existing NEC
  • establishing a mirror committee
  • participating in IEC standardization work
  • commenting on IEC draft International Standards

The mentoring will begin on 1 September 2013 for a period of up to two years. During that time, the Austrian NC will be able to advise the Rwandan NEC via regular Skype conversations, participation in NEC meetings via webinars, one-to-one meetings during the IEC General Meeting, and workshops either in Austria or in Rwanda.

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Mentoring is when everyone contributes. Unity makes strength! Mentoring is when everyone contributes. Unity makes strength!
The Mentoring Programme will help experts share knowledge, experience and expertise between peers The Mentoring Programme will help experts share knowledge, experience and expertise between peers