The Professional Development team members who support volunteers involved with mentoring, local networks, Professional Development Advisory Committee, CPD assessing and Career Manager.
Dick oversees the Professional Development department, and contributes to the development and and communication of policy.
This role supports engineers and those supporting them as they work toward professional registration as CEng, IEng, EngTech or ICTTech. It encompasses the IET's Initial Professional Development (IPD) service and also includes representing the Professional Development team and in particular developing engineers in the process of initial professional development on the Registration & Standards Committee.
This role supports Lifeskills courses, working alongside local networks. The Lifeskills workshops are designed to provide a brief introduction to key topics relevant to working life for professional engineers and technicians. They are non-technical - complementing the more technically-focused events produced by the IET.
The mentoring service aims to train mentors and pair them up with people who have requested a mentor. Training is free and workshops run throughout the year. The Young Professional Buddy scheme runs alongside this as a way of engaging in mentoring at the very beginning of an engineer's career.
The volunteer side of this role is assisting with the Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC). This committee reviews and develops existing professional development policies for engineers at all career stages, ensuring that they meet the needs of IET members and industry and take into account the effect of external influences such as Government policies. They also make sure that any policies (such as the new CPD Policy) are compatible with the policies of partner institutions and the Engineering Council. They provide advice on products and services that they think the IET should provide to support professional development for all members, and monitor their effectiveness.
The IET has recently introduced a CPD Monitoring Scheme for TMIETs, MIETs and FIETs. Development of the IET’s CPD Monitoring Scheme and CPD Policy will involve assisting with the management and engagement of volunteers, especially the Volunteer CPD Advisors, Professional Development Advisory Committee and the Membership and Professional Development Board, and their subsidiary committees and working parties.
Kerry looks after the planning and implementation of projects to develop and promote new versions of Career Manager. Career Manager is an online tool which allows you to plan and record your professional development.