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Registration and Standards Trainers Team

When the judges were reviewing the nominations for the ‘Teamwork’ category in the first round of our 2019 IET Volunteer Core Values Awards, they were looking for a group of people who had collaborated successfully to achieve a common goal.

The Registration and Standards Trainers team – Mike Lynch, Gerard O’Neill, Ray Smith and Brian Penfold – fits the bill perfectly. It does a fantastic job of supporting all Registration and Fellowship process training to newly appointed and existing volunteers and is a worthy winner of the Teamwork Award.

Tips and guidance

 Brian is Technical Director at Trident Assurance Services and former Chair of the IET Functional Safety Technical Network. He said: “As trainers, our role is to explain the Registration process and provide tips and guidance on how to complete it. We cover the competence and knowledge assessment requirements, drawing on personal experience and lots of examples.”

Ray, who is retired and chairs the IET’s Aerospace Technical and Professional Network, added: “The proper training and development of volunteers is important to guarantee a continuing and fresh supply of competent interviewers, advisers and assessors. It also helps senior registrants and fellows to feel engaged with the institution and stay in touch with the profession after they are semi- or fully retired.

“All four of us deliver annual training days, roughly every other month, with a break during the summer. We use our experience of various volunteer activities to pass on practical tips to new starters and refresher course attendees alike.”

Gerard, who runs his own telecommunications consultancy, said: “We support training days run by Lou and Rachel in the Registration and Standards Support Unit – they have a diary of training days and between us in the team, we divide up the dates. I support between five and 10 training days or other linked days each year. For each day of training, there’s around half a day of preparation that’s needed beforehand, so it’s quite a commitment.”

Continuous improvement

The team members meet up at least once a year, to review training feedback and comments from the past 12 months, and to see if they can improve and build on what they deliver.

Case studies are a key part of the training. The team members consider it essential to keep refreshing the case studies so that they remain relevant and reflect the latest procedures, processes and terminology. That’s why at the annual get-together, the team also reviews up to 20 new examples (often nominated by assessment teams) that could be incorporated in its training sessions.

Mike, who retired as AstraZeneca’s Director of Engineering Technology in 2008, said: “I’m very proud of the way the team has grown together and of the fact that we can deliver high-quality training. Often I meet people who have been on a training session as part of an assessment team – receiving their positive feedback is very rewarding.”

One Team Working

The team members share, support and guide IET staff throughout the design and delivery of training.

Ray said: “Working with IET staff is a seamless and fun activity. The staff development team is very competent and motivated, with excellent leadership. The joint team gains synergistic value from the fusion of knowledge and experience of its full-time staff and volunteer members.”

Mike added: “I think the way we volunteers are supported by the IET staff is amazing. When I had to pull out of running a training session, the staff and my other volunteer colleagues just stepped in and helped out – the show goes on!”

Interested in volunteering in Professional Registration or Fellowship? 

Take a look at the role descriptions on our Volunteer Hub.