Recognising volunteer talent

Working towards better recognition of volunteer contributions.

The immense commitment of time and effort given by volunteers is vital to help IET achieve its aims and objectives. In particular they provide a breadth of reach both globally and in their expertise that just couldn’t be achieved without them. It is therefore important that we recognise volunteer contributions – both individual and joint – and ensure everyone understands their role in the IET.

The working party has been busy compiling ideas from various sources and has specifically been in consultation with Council on this important issue. Following their feedback we have been busy putting ideas into action.

Volunteer awards

A new Achievement Medal for major and outstanding contributions to furthering the aims of the IET was awarded for the second time in 2016. As part of the Achievement Awards programme, this new award recognises the importance of volunteers to the IET in its mission to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community and celebrates the amazing work that volunteers do across the organisation.

The Paul Fletcher medal is also presented annually to a young professional volunteer for outstanding achievement in contributing to the activities of the IET. 

Read more about the 2017 winners in Issue 47 of Member News, published February 2018.

Everyday Champions

Our volunteers are our everyday champions and we simply couldn’t achieve everything we would hope to without them.

To celebrate the great work that our volunteers do on behalf of the IET, we would like volunteers to send us videos (as individuals or as a group) talking about how great volunteering can be, together with examples, and why our core values – Integrity, Excellence and Teamwork – are important. Our volunteers take the time to make a difference and we want to share the variety of initiatives that our volunteers do around the world to inspire, inform and influence others.

You can find out more about this campaign on our Everyday Champions webpage.

Thank you cards

'Thank you' cards for those moments when all you need is a simple gesture of recognition. The cards can be used by both volunteers and staff and are perfect for thanking a speaker or to give a pat-on-the-back for a job well done. If you would like some sent out to you please order them through the Marketing Toolkit or email us at volunteer@theiet.org, along with the quantity you need, and we can send them out to you.


There is an easy to use certificate template available for you to use when recognising achievement for one of your activities. Please download it here or find it on the Marketing Toolkit.

Employer recognition

Volunteering can be a great way to develop skills and experience that are also relevant in the workplace. For this reason employers can be pleased to support their staff engaging in IET activities. If you would like us to provide a letter for your employer outlining the importance of your volunteering role please let us know at volunteer@theiet.org confirming contact details for your employer.

Reduced subscriptions

It has previously been proposed that volunteers could receive reduced subscription rates in recognition of their services. 

The working party has explored the issue widely and can confirm that the proposal conflicts with the intention of clause 5 of the Royal Charter which says that the IET should not do things “with a view to the pecuniary gain or profit of the members”. This unfortunately means that the IET is not able to offer reduced subscription rates to volunteers.

However, the working party continues to work on a full and varied programme of recognition for volunteers - further information on this will be communicated via Volunteer Update and will also be added to this web page as it becomes available.

If you have any comments or queries regarding volunteer recognition, please contact us at volunteer@theiet.org.