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Recognising volunteer talent

Working towards better recognition of volunteer contributions.

The immense commitment of time and effort given by volunteers is vital to help IET achieve its aims and objectives. In particular they provide a breadth of reach both globally and in their expertise that just couldn’t be achieved without them. It is therefore important that we recognise volunteer contributions – both individual and joint – and ensure everyone understands their role in the IET.

The working party has been busy compiling ideas from various sources and has specifically been in consultation with Council on this important issue. Following their feedback we have been busy putting ideas into action.

Volunteer awards

A new Achievement Medal for major and outstanding contributions to furthering the aims of the IET will be awarded for the first time in 2015. As part of the Achievement Awards programme, this new award as been created in response to member feedback to recognise and celebrate the amazing work that volunteers do across the organisation. 

The Paul Fletcher medal is also presented annually to a young professional volunteer for outstanding achievement in contributing to the activities of the IET. 

You can nominate someone who you think deserves one of these medals by visiting the Achievement website [new window].

Everyday Champions

Our volunteers are our everyday champions and we simply couldn’t achieve everything we would hope to without them.

To celebrate the great work that our volunteers do on behalf of the IET, we would like volunteers to send us videos (as individuals or as a group) talking about how great volunteering can be, together with examples, and why our core values – Integrity, Excellence and Teamwork – are important. Our volunteers take the time to make a difference and we want to share the variety of initiatives that our volunteers do around the world to inspire, inform and influence others.

You can find out more about this campaign on our Everyday Champions webpage.

Thank you cards

'Thank you' cards for those moments when all you need is a simple gesture of recognition. The cards can be used by both volunteers and staff and are perfect for thanking a speaker or to give a pat-on-the-back for a job well done. If you would like some sent out to you, email us at volunteer@theiet.org, along with the quantity you need, and we can send them out to you.

Certificates

We are currently looking at the types of certificates available and how they are used across the IET. There are a lot of them around and it can sometimes be confusing knowing what to use and when. We plan to make this simpler by providing a suite of smart new certificates that will be available via the Marketing Toolkit for you to download and insert the details of your event or award. Certificates should be used when you wish to recognise achievement, rather than to thank.

Employer recognition

Volunteering can be a great way to develop skills and experience that are also relevant in the workplace. For this reason employers can be pleased to support their staff engaging in IET activities. If you would like us to provide a letter for your employer outlining the importance of your volunteering role please let us know at volunteer@theiet.org confirming contact details for your employer.

Reduced subscriptions

It has previously been proposed that volunteers could receive reduced subscription rates in recognition of their services. 

The working party has explored the issue widely and can confirm that the proposal conflicts with the intention of clause 5 of the Royal Charter which says that the IET should not do things “with a view to the pecuniary gain or profit of the members”. This unfortunately means that the IET is not able to offer reduced subscription rates to volunteers.

However, the working party continues to work on a full and varied programme of recognition for volunteers - further information on this will be communicated via Volunteer Update and will also be added to this web page as it becomes available.

If you have any comments or queries regarding volunteer recognition, please contact us at volunteer@theiet.org.