Shaping the profession

Inspire a generation through our educational activities and study support tools.


IET members are role models for the next generation of scientists, engineers and technicians. The IET plays a key role in engineering education in the UK and internationally. We accredit over 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate courses and we support teachers and lecturers in engaging students with STEM subjects by providing free teaching resources and supporting engineering-themed educational enhancement and enrichment activities. We provide members in the UK with opportunities to volunteer in schools through STEMNET’s Ambassador programme, and to deliver activities with support from the IET Education Fund. 

IET Faraday

An award-winning programme of activities, resources and publications [new window], IET Faraday includes; the annual in-school engineering Challenge Days, a range of online topical films, games, engineer profiles and lesson plans/activities and a wide range of posters and publications. 


The IET manages the FIRST® LEGO® League in the UK and Ireland – a global Lego® robotics competition that challenges students’ creative, engineering and programming skills [new window] in real world scenarios. 

Scholarships and Awards 

The IET rewards engineering aspirations, enterprise and excellence with a range of annual Scholarships and Awards.

  • IET Scholarships recognise, support and encourage students entering or currently studying within the engineering and technology sector through a range of generous undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, competitions and travel awards.
  • Achievement Awards recognise and reward outstanding individuals who excel within the engineering and technology fields.
  • The Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award recognises a dynamic young female engineer who represents the very best of our profession. This award seeks to highlight the achievements of women in engineering and technology and to encourage others to enter the profession.
  • Innovation Awards celebrate the products, technologies and processes that lead the way in engineering innovation. The awards promote and recognise innovation in industry and best practice across engineering disciplines. 


The IET runs a number of Policy Panels which provide strategic, expert advice to Government on key policy topics including: 

  • Communications;
  • Energy;
  • IT;
  • Transport.

The IET arranges meetings and policy briefings, collaborates with other organisations and responds to important consultations throughout the year in order to influence UK Government policy. We also seek to help shape the policies of the devolved administrations and the European Commission. 

Find out more and make your voice heard.

Fact files

The IET is an organisation with a vision where sharing information enables engineering and technology professionals to shape the future of our world. We provide over 100 Factfiles – a unique information database on issues of public interest ranging from solar power to data security to COSHH regulation guidance. 

Get Involved 

We’ve been inspiring, informing and influencing the global engineering community and supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society for over 140 years. This is your opportunity to play your part.

Join a Local Network, volunteer for a Board or Committee, become a mentor, help in your local school, or post your views in an online discussion forum. By giving your time and applying your expertise to IET activities, you will provide immense benefit to others. It doesn’t matter why you get involved, but you can be sure that your contribution will make a difference. 

To you, your time is valuable. To us, it is invaluable.

Please visit the Volunteer Gateway for further inspiration and to see how you can invest your time wisely.

Countersigning passport applications

IET Members are able to countersign passport applications.

Countersignatories must work in (or be retired from) a recognised profession (e.g. engineer - with professional qualifications) or be ‘a person of good standing in their community’.

More information can be found on the GOV.UK website [new window].