IEC future leaders and experts

IEC Young Professionals workshop, Vladivostok, Russia

By Janice Blondeau

IEC National Committees have selected the IEC 2017 Young Professionals who will represent them at this year’s workshop, to be held in Vladivostok, Russia, from 9-11 October 2017, during the IEC 2017 General Meeting.

Vladivostok bridge to Russky Island IEC Young Professionals – 2017 workshop will be held in Vladivostok, Russia, from 9 to 11 October

Go Ahead, Get ahead

The IEC Young Professionals (YP) Programme brings together the world's up-and-coming expert engineers, technicians and managers, aged in their early 20s to mid-30s. IEC Young Professionals are selected by their IEC National Committee (NC) to represent their country as future leaders on the IEC global platform. They are also potential ambassadors for National Committees and for the IEC as a whole. 

While these young experts and managers already have experience in using or developing Standards, the Programme helps them to become more involved in IEC related activities. 

Growing the next generation

For the 2017 workshop, 37 NCs have registered over 70 participants. For many of those taking part, this workshop will be their first exposure to an IEC General Meeting and to standardization and conformity assessment at such a high level. 

The IEC Young Professionals Programme was launched in 2010 to enable millennials to be more involved in IEC activities at the start of their careers. 

Vladivostok workshop

A welcome gathering on the first evening gives participants the chance to meet one another and the IEC Officers. The rest of the programme provides both an overview and insights into the workings of the IEC. Day one provides an introduction to how the IEC works and the opportunity to hear from and meet IEC leaders. 

Participants will be introduced to the Standardization Management Board (SMB) and the Conformity Assessment Board (CAB), and they’ll have the opportunity to observe the SMB or CAB meeting. The 2017 Young Professionals will have the opportunity to work together in breakout groups to answer questions on the digital transformation of IEC work, and its impact on how Standards will be developed and used. 

Building close ties

The IEC Young Professionals will attend a breakfast with their NC Officers to reinforce this relationship which plays an important part in getting more involved post-Vladivostok, one of the key objectives of the YP Programme. 

They will also observe a technical meeting of their choice, participate in a technical committee simulation session and present their outcomes from the breakout sessions of the day before to their peers, IEC Officers and Council Board (CB) members. 

Expanding the IEC Family

Very positive feedback has been received from YPs who participated in the previous workshops. They have gained 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. 

In addition, companies have also benefited from the workshop, providing their staff with fast-track access to the world of standardization and boosting their personal motivation. 

Let’s help the IEC Young Professionals to continue to develop in their IEC work and make them welcome within the IEC family!

YP breakout session in Minsk 2015 The IEC Young Professionals Programme provides the world's upcoming expert engineers, technicians and managers...
YP breakout session in Frankfurt 2016 ...with opportunities to shape the future of international standardization and conformity assessment in electrotechnology
Vladivostok bridge to Russky Island IEC Young Professionals – 2017 workshop will be held in Vladivostok, Russia, from 9 to 11 October