In anticipation of the forthcoming ERSA Ambitious Futures Conference, Scott Parkin, the IEP’s newly elected Chair, announces the Institute’s plans and talks of how there’s a fresh approach: Focus on the Frontline.
“There are some great things happening at IEP. I am delighted to welcome a new executive team, a new director, Liz Sewell, and a new board. There’s a huge amount of talent, energy and positivity that will build on the extraordinary work of our past colleagues to move us into the next phase of our journey that will be brighter than ever.
We continue to work closely with organisations and people passionate about delivering the best employability services, wherever they are based. We’re looking forward to strengthening our ties further as the sector takes on the challenges of the Work and Health Programme. We’re aiming to be the first port of call for anyone on the frontline who needs information and advice.
New initiatives are already underway that will enable more people to get involved and engage with wider aspects of the IEP membership.
- We’re building a Knowledge Bank for individual Members and the staff of our Affiliates that will make sure that IEP as is the destination of choice for frontline staff seeking tailored information on employability. A central hub of specialist Advice where they can find out about the issues that are affecting their day to day work e.g. how to support people with complex needs, advice for customers with specific challenges in their search for work; disability employment, mental and physical health, support for those with drug and alcohol issues or criminal records.
- We’re sending out much more quality content and information and making it available to Members and the staff of our Affiliate organisations in order that they can be better informed and enable them to do their jobs better. This includes Employability Professional, a fortnightly e-bulletin with contributions from industry experts, and specialist blogs all designed to provide useful, timely and important advice that will add value and make a real of difference to members and affiliates.
- There will be an increased emphasis on learning, and skills through robust and measurable training and development that expands our Endorsed by IEP project as well as strengthening qualifications. We will be working alongside partners to improve skills and qualifications in the sector with new activities including a Training Conference in partnership with ERSA in the Spring, monthly webinar programmes with AELP and structured Continuing Professional Development programme that Individual members will be able to be assessed on and so provide a record of their CPD.
- We’re building on the successful Corporate Patron scheme with our new Affiliates programme that will give more people access to what they want and need; improved content, discounts on events, more engagement opportunities and of course CPD.
I know this sounds ambitious but It’s incredibly important that IEP is seen as an organisation that can facilitate and support members’ personal CPD. This is the main focus of purpose for me. Enabling members and affiliates to improve their personal development and giving them the edge to do their jobs better, further their careers and deliver better outcomes to the people they support.
The future is very bright for IEP. We are positioning ourselves; we are building trusting relationships with individuals and organisations alike that deliver value. We have a board which is dynamic, engaged and has the ability and willingness to get on with the job in hand. And finally, we are opening up to engage more and more with our membership and their supporting organisations to really listen, understand what it is they need, how they want it delivered and what added value we can continue to offer to the sector.
I personally wish to thank the Board, our ever supportive Corporate Affiliates / Corporate Patrons and dedicated Fellows and Members who regularly give up their own time to run events, engage with other members and groups and help us deliver our activities on top of their busy day jobs.
It’s a time of change but it’s incredibly exciting. I look forward to the challenge!
Read Scott's biography here