Attendees at the recent IET Volunteer Induction day gather at the entrance to Michael Faraday House.
It’s Volunteers’ Week – a chance for the IET to recognise the fantastic contribution of its 4,000 volunteers around the world.
Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate volunteers, and for very many organisations who just couldn’t do what they do without volunteers, the perfect opportunity to say a big thank you for the value they create.
At the IET, volunteering brings people together from around the world, from different sectors and with different perspectives. Our volunteers have an impact as a team beyond what could ever be achieved as individuals.
In the UK alone many millions of people volunteer to support a vast range of organisations in support of things that they value. The same is true around the globe. Why?
From our research we know that the 4,000-strong IET volunteer team is motivated to get involved by a number of different factors.
Some of our volunteers want to raise standards in the profession (24 per cent) and promote the IET (46 per cent). Many like to give something back (66 per cent) and grow the profession (65 per cent), and there are also those to whom networking with like-mind professionals is important (43 per cent).
For many IET volunteers these motivators overlap, and that’s probably why many IET volunteers choose to do more than one role.
The IET’s values – Integrity, Excellence and Teamwork – guide how we will work together, both volunteers and staff, to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community to meet the needs of society.
But, says Virginia Hodge, IET Trustee and Chairman of our Volunteer Support Working Party: “It doesn’t matter what you choose to do. If you believe in engineering and its power to change society, and you want to make a difference, there is somewhere in the IET where what you value as important will find a home.”
As a long-standing volunteer herself, Virginia knows well that it is a mix of personal values amongst its volunteers that makes the IET an international success. She adds: “There is no doubt that the value of the IET is based on its ability to bring together the very best of people into an excellent team, but one which is essentially built on individual integrity.”
If you’d like to find out more about how you can make a difference as an IET volunteer, please visit our Volunteer Gateway.
In March 2014, a panel of our volunteers, including IET President Barry Brooks, took part in a special MyVoice webcast on volunteering. They shared their own volunteering experiences, and also discussed volunteering ideas, issues and opportunities with the audience. If you missed watching the webcast live, it is still available to view on demand.