Your Institute Needs You!
The Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) is first and foremost a membership organisation. Its Members and Fellows can participate in a number of ways but it's especially important to get involved in deciding who runs the IEP on a day to day basis, and sets its strategy. As you will probably know that's the IEP Board. You can read more about the make-up of the current Board here. Every year a number of Directors complete their term of office and stand down and you have the chance to stand for election as a Board member; and to vote in the election yourself.
This year there are going to be four (4) vacancies on the Board so we want a good number of candidates to come forward and we really want those candidates to come from a wide range of backgrounds; you don't have to be a Fellow to stand for election. We would particularly welcome candidates from frontline delivery and frontline management roles and from a whole range of organisations to stand for election.
If you want to stand here's how the process works. We will send out a special note to our full membership on 11 August. This will confirm that if you wish to stand you will need to put yourself forward by midday on 1 September. There will be a simple template to complete setting out a bit about yourself, and saying what you would contribute through your skills or experience to the Board’s work. If you are thinking about standing for election it might be worth starting to think about what you might say now.
During the first week in September we put these candidate statements together in a pack with a voting slip and send them out to all Associates, Members and Fellows of the IEP. That's all done electronically and you must email your vote back to us by 22 September.
We count the votes during the following week and notify successful and unsuccessful candidates, in confidence, at the start of October, we then formally announce the new Directors at our AGM on 5 October, and in Employability Professional (EP) shortly after.
So, it's not a difficult or painful process to stand for election. No speeches are required! and being on the Board is great development experience. It's a really good way of helping steer the IEP, and getting involved in some fascinating projects and activities. If you do decide to stand good luck, but above all, whether or not you stand do please vote: it's your Board and your IEP.
Here's some feedback from our Board Co-optees Alex Parnell MIEP and Zoe Bradwick MIEP.
So far, I have found the experience of sitting on the IEP board very interesting. It’s definitely useful to get an insight into the inner workings of the Institute, how it works and what the challenges are it currently faces. The most difficult part of it for me was adjusting to not being representative of Seetec or the Work Programme. That has been my main involvement during my time in the sector and I found it hard to relate to some of the earlier conversations, especially around the skills agenda. This did prompt me to go away and conduct some CPD to bring my knowledge up to scratch.
I do feel that you have been very supportive of us and also very inclusive. I understand that you have been keen not to burden us with any formal projects or commitments as we have our day jobs, but I wonder if by doing so that would enhance our learning further.
This opportunity has been great for me as it has helped me gain confidence in my ability to communicate effectively at this level. During my time in Working Links, I have experienced senior management and executive team level interaction before, but it has always been with the security of my manager being present, or involving a topic that I have particular knowledge/experience in. It has been a really positive experience to be out of my comfort zone and contribute at this level.
What has been great is that I have never felt that my opinion is any less valued than anyone else around the table and I have really enjoyed hearing how our sector is viewed by such a cross section of people. I’ve also really enjoyed contributing to submissions and feeding back to my team about what I’m doing and it’s been good to hear industry leaders give their take on the direction of this sector. I really enjoyed the opportunity to present to the board about Welsh politics, especially as I’m used to discussing it with people who already understand and are involved with the political structure, so putting together a presentation with the right amount of detail took some consideration.
I think it has definitely helped me to consider my communication style and take myself out of my immediate role and experience to give a more strategic response.