The IET Strategy

Our Vision

Working to engineer a better world.

Our Mission

To inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.

Our Strategic Framework

As both a professional body and a charity, we recognise the need to work in close partnership with our stakeholders to deliver our vision and mission.

Our Strategic Framework identifies groups of people that we support and work closely with (practitioner, industry, academia and society), as well as defining strategic ambitions and objectives for each group.

Our vision and mission are at the heart of our activities. We deliver at them in the context of the needs of engineers and technologists, the organisations in which they work and wider society. This outward focus will ensure we remain relevant and effective in delivering our vision and mission.

There are other elements that feed into the strategy and these are represented in the two outer circles in the framework (e.g. digital, excellence). They are our organisational values and what we call our ‘enabling strategies’, which help us to deliver our charitable purpose, vision and mission.

The following sections explore our strategic ambition and objectives for each of our stakeholder groups.

Working with Practitioners, we champion excellence and professionalism in engineering and technology

We recognise that the benefit that the engineering community delivers to society relies on the quality of the people working in the engineering and technology sectors.

With the rapid advance of knowledge, individuals need to identify and assimilate new learning on a continual basis. They also need to be able to demonstrate a degree of integrity, competency and professionalism which goes beyond academic understanding.

Finally, as a fundamentally collaborative endeavour, engineering requires a broad and inclusive mix of skills which often extend across traditional engineering disciplines.

Partnering with Industry to support quality, efficiency and innovation in engineering and technology

We have a shared interest with engineering employers to ensure the engineering community has the right skills for today and tomorrow, and that they can operate within organisations with high operational standards.

We also believe that the IET has an important role to play in facilitating the adoption of new technology and sharing of best practice.

Helping the Academic community drive innovation and insight within engineering and technology to solve global challenges

The research community generates the new knowledge that ultimately delivers the innovations on which society depends to progress. This global endeavour requires a highly sophisticated understanding of the body of knowledge which comprises of both research outputs (content), and the network of individuals and organisations that collaborate on research programmes and knowledge transfer.

Alongside this, the academic community has a vital role as educators to ensure graduates have the appropriate knowledge and skills to deliver value within academia or industry.

Promoting the contribution of engineering and technology to make a real difference to Society

Our work in this segment focuses on two areas.

Firstly, we believe that delivering the benefits of technology and engineering requires an environment in which engineering solutions can be safely and rapidly introduced to meet society’s needs. For this reason, we seek to influence decision-makers to pursue the evidence-based policies which most effectively meet those needs.

Secondly, we recognise that society needs a strong supply of creative and talented engineers. To achieve this, we must help remove the barriers for young people with a natural interest in ‘how things work’ in accessing productive and satisfying roles in engineering.

If you want to know more about how we’re working towards our mission, you can download our IET Strategic Framework presentation below.

If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas, we’re happy to listen, just email

Our Values and Supporting Behaviours

We treat everyone with Integrity and respect, continually striving for Excellence in all our activities and use the power of Teamwork to deliver value.


  • Operate professionally and ethically to gain trust.
  • Be open and honest with each other.
  • Respect everyone and value each other’s contribution.


  • Work toward the highest level of service and satisfaction.
  • Use agile methods and seek innovative solutions to add value.
  • Continually improve and adopt best practices.


  • Encourage staff and volunteers to work together.
  • Recognise the value of talented individuals working in teams.
  • Be collaborative and partner with other organisations.

To support our colleagues in demonstrating the values and overarching behaviours of the IET we have agreed a set of behavioural indicators. We are implementing these with our colleagues during 2020.