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You as a volunteer

Volunteering is central to the life of the IET, and to achieving its aims now and in the future.

Volunteers invest time and energy across the entire spectrum of IET activity – from membership to Wiring Regulations, archives to online communities, events to education. Whether your role is influencing policy or inspiring children, the IET depends upon you to maintain its place at the forefront of engineering and technology and has an exceptional team of over 4000 volunteers, working in the UK and internationally, to make the IET a force to be reckoned with.

We are delighted that you have decided to bring your skills, experience and enthusiasm to bear as a volunteer at the IET and would like to ensure that you have flexible and attractive opportunities and roles, are kept fully informed and supported in performing them with relevant training and resources, and that you are recognised for your contribution and understand your value to the IET.

Below you will find some useful information to support you, both in getting settled into your role and throughout your volunteering experience with us.

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Your guide to volunteering

This handbook has been created to provide you with the basic information you need to get started.


An opportunity for new volunteers to meet the IET staff team, network with other volunteers, and find out more about the IET.

Role descriptions

Every role is supported by a role description which details the focus of the role alongside its duties and responsibilities.

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Policies and guidance

The IET has a number of specific policies that volunteers should adhere to whilst undertaking activity on the Institutions' behalf.

Recognising volunteer talent

The immense commitment of time and effort given by volunteers is vital to help IET achieve its aims and objectives.

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Find out about how IET volunteers and staff are working together to achieve the Institution's goals.

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Volunteer surveys

Surveys form an important part of gauging volunteer satisfaction and we will be running one annually to ensure we capture your views.