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IEC Young Professionals – 2015 workshop

By Janice Blondeau

IEC National Committees have selected their 2015 IEC Young Professionals who will represent their countries at the sixth such workshop, to be held in Minsk, Belarus, on 12-14 October 2015, in parallel with the IEC General Meeting.

Young Professionals having discussion Participants in the YP workshop during a breakout session

Who are the IEC Young Professionals?

They are technical, managerial and/or engineering professionals in their 20s and 30s. They are already familiar with the world of standardization and Conformity Assessment (CA), either because they develop Standards or they use them in their work. They have all been through a selection process handled by their National Committee (NC), in order to have a place at the IEC Young Professionals (YP) – 2015 Workshop.

Growing our expert base

Thirty-five NCs have registered nearly 70 participants for the 2015 workshop. For many, it will be a first exposure to an IEC General Meeting and to standardization and conformity assessment at such a high level. Let’s help them to continue to develop in their IEC work, and remember to make these Young Professionals welcome within the IEC Family.
The IEC Young Professionals Programme was launched in 2010 as a means of getting millennials more involved in IEC activities at the start of their careers. In the first five years of the Programme, nearly 275 YPs from 42 different National Committees have taken part.

2015 workshop

The 2015 workshop takes into account feedback received from participants of previous years’ activities. It starts with a welcome gathering on the first evening and then follows a programme that gives both an overview and insights into the workings of the IEC. On the second day, the IEC Young Professionals attend a technical meeting of their choice, followed by lunch with the IEC community.  The day winds up with a dinner for the IEC Young Professionals.

The Young Professional Leaders (YPLs) and YPs from 2014 developed individual projects designed to help the Young Professionals to maximize their IEC activities. One of these projects involves a new session being held at the Minsk workshop – the YPs will be part of a simulation session focussed on developing a mock Standard for an electronic baby robot. Some of the other projects include YPs acting as NC and IEC ambassadors, and presenting NC and IEC work in local universities. Another project sees case studies being developed on the benefits companies gain through their participation in IEC work.

The 2014 YPLs will be present at the workshop and will be leading parts of it, including delivering a welcome speech to this year’s YPs, helping with the mock product session, speech at the dinner, and the open space session. This year’s YP group will select the 2015 Young Professional Leaders who will drive projects into 2016.

Deeper experience of standardization

YPs from the previous workshops have given positive feedback. They have come away from the three-day gathering with a deeper understanding of standardization, a broadened network and the satisfaction of feeling part of a bigger world in which they have a personal role to play.

Their employers have also seen the benefits of the IEC Young Professionals Programme. By enabling their employees to take part in the Programme, companies have provided their staff with fast-track access to the world of standardization and boosted their personal motivation. At the same time the company profile has improved in the eyes of the customers.

About the IEC Young Professionals Programme

This Programme brings together the world's upcoming expert engineers, technicians and managers. It provides them with opportunities to shape the future of international standardization and conformity assessment in electrotechnology.

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IEC Young Professionals – 2015 workshop

IEC Young Professionals video interviews 

Junji Nomura,  Young Professionals Workshop 2014 IEC President Junji Nomura addressing the Young Professionals workshop
Young Professionals having discussion Participants in the YP workshop…
Young Professsionals breakout session …during breakout sessions
Young Professionals 2014 Leaders IEC 2014 Young Professional Leaders: Leo Ohtsuka, Thahirah Jalal and Craig Carlson