We have partnered with Digital Access for All (DAFA) to establish an alliance to tackle this challenge.
We are bringing together organisations such as Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Government departments and industry to form the Digital Poverty Alliance (DPA).
Our aim is to end digital poverty, particularly for disadvantaged children over the next 5-10 years.
It is a massive ambition, but I believe we owe it to our young generation to do all we can to try and solve this unfair and unjust issue.
I am delighted that we are already gaining momentum to tackle the challenge, including the recent announcement of Dixons Carphone pledging £1m and becoming a founding partner of the Alliance.
We have continued to help our members and other parents with the challenges faced by home-schooling their children.
Last year, our free resources were downloaded by parents and teachers over 50,000 times.
This year these resources, as well as some practical support and help, continue to be available on our Education website for Primary (age 4-10) and Secondary (age 11-16) children.
We have had great feedback from parents, particularly about the STEM-related experiments that you can carry out at home and inspire the young people in your life to help us engineer a better world.
I have been sharing links with parents who I know and would urge others to do the same.
Over the last year, we have seen a remarkable uptake in our Professional Registrations.
More people than ever have been contacting our teams to ask how they go about completing the process.
Every weekday at 12noon (GMT) our team run webinars for those interested in Professional Registration.
These provide an opportunity to ask questions whilst their application is underway or when they are considering taking the next step to becoming Professionally Registered.
As part of our commitment to our members’ professional development, we also run a Competence Development Workshop every Friday at 1pm (GMT).
In this current climate, we know it can be very difficult for apprentices, so we are providing more support for those applying for Engineering Technician status in the form of another weekly workshop, held every Wednesday at 11am (GMT).
These are free to attend and form part of our ongoing commitment to help members in these challenging times.
They provide a good opportunity to connect, meet new people and build new networks. Please visit our webinars hub for more details.
We have seen many people using their time in recent lockdowns to build their expertise.
There is a vast amount of knowledge at your fingertips with over fifty technical webinars available to watch on-demand.
They cover a variety of topics such as healthcare, transport and communications.
I would recommend you register to attend our forthcoming webinars to help keep up-to-date with current engineering conversations.
Our team in India has been busy hosting Digital Conversations in recent months, which are now available on the IET India website and cover topics related to mobility, technology and working in a digital world.
The team has had over 140 global speakers involved in the series, with 30 webinars available to view on-demand.
To support our members’ ongoing learning and development, it is important to us that you can still use our library resources, even in a virtual world.
Our Library and Archives team has created reading lists to help your research and highlight the wide range of resources available.
The lists focus on a variety of topics from Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy to Career Development. For further information visit: