Supporting our Volunteer Talent

Volunteers are at the heart of the IET - launching a new drive to make sure the way we support our volunteers is best-in-class.

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“The IET places volunteers at the heart of its vision and mission for the 21st century, recognising that their contribution is instrumental in helping the IET shape the future of the engineering and technology profession.”

Board of Trustees, October 2012



Volunteers are the power-house behind delivery of the IET’s activities and services. As such the IET will ensure they have flexible and attractive opportunities and roles, that they are fully informed and supported in performing their roles with relevant training and resources, that they are recognised for their contribution and understand their value to the IET. Volunteers and staff will work together, with their efforts coordinated by clear objectives and in alignment with the IET strategy and plans.

This is the vision of our Trustees and reflects the strategic importance of volunteers to our organisation.  With this is mind, a project to examine and enhance the way we recruit, train, support, communicate with, and recognise our volunteers was approved on 6th November. It will be a long-term improvement process.

The project is being directly overseen by the Volunteer Talent Support Working Party, a joint volunteer/staff group who are steering the project.  It is also supported by and reports regularly to the Nominations and Succession Committee and the Board of Trustees.

A short audio presentation with slides has been created to explain more about the project and what it hopes to achieve. The slides are also available as a downloadable PDF (updated March 2013).

The working party can be contacted via email at


The findings from the recent survey are now available on the Surveys and polls page.

The 2013 results created a benchmark and helped to ensure we correctly understood the issues and requirements of our volunteers; giving everyone the opportunity to contribute. 

This year the findings show how some of the early work of the Volunteer Talent Support Project has already had an impact and highlights where we need to focus future efforts.

Volunteer Gateway

As part of the project we are working to continually improve our web presence in order to support the work of our volunteers.  You can find out more about the web improvements by visiting the web page or through regular updates in the Volunteer Update email bulletin.

Regular updates will be available through-out the project and we welcome your input at every stage.  

One team working

Effective "one team" working between IET volunteers and staff is one of the Institution's strategic priorities. Take a look at our One team working page to read about just some of the many examples of IET volunteers and staff working together to achieve great things.

Recognising our volunteer talent

The immense commitment of time and effort given by volunteers is vital to help IET achieve its aims and objectives. The working party has been busy compiling ideas and putting some of those ideas in to action.