You as a volunteer

Volunteering is central to the life of the IET, and to achieving its aims now and in the future.

Volunteers invest time and energy across the entire spectrum of IET activity – from membership to Wiring Regulations, archives to online communities, events to education. Whether your role is influencing policy or inspiring children, the IET depends upon you to maintain its place at the forefront of engineering and technology and has an exceptional team of over 4000 volunteers, working in the UK and internationally, to make the IET a force to be reckoned with.

We are delighted that you have decided to bring your skills, experience and enthusiasm to bear as a volunteer at the IET and would like to ensure that you have flexible and attractive opportunities and roles, are kept fully informed and supported in performing them with relevant training and resources, and that you are recognised for your contribution and understand your value to the IET.

Below you will find some useful information to support you, both in getting settled into your role and throughout your volunteering experience with us.

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Your guide to volunteering

This handbook has been created to provide you with the basic information you need to get started.


All our inductions are aimed at new volunteers that are starting out on their IET volunteering journey, or those that are already engaged with volunteering activities and would like a refresher.

Virtual tour

Discover more about the depth and breadth of activities undertaken in the IET’s UK office headquarters by using our interactive floorplan of Michael Faraday House.

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Policies and guidance

The IET has a number of specific policies that volunteers should adhere to whilst undertaking activity on the Institutions' behalf.

Online policy sign-up

Find out how you can sign-up to our legislation-related policies and the Volunteer Code of Conduct online.

Recognising volunteer talent

The immense commitment of time and effort given by volunteers is vital to help IET achieve its aims and objectives.

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Office 365 for volunteers

Following a successful trial the IET is planning to offer Office 365 to all IET volunteers through a phased roll-out during 2018. Read more about this new service.

Volunteer surveys

Surveys form an important part of gauging volunteer satisfaction and we will be running one annually to ensure we capture your views.

Role descriptions

Every role is supported by a role description which details the focus of the role alongside its duties and responsibilities.