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A review of the IEP AGM 2017

09 October 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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New Products – New Services – New Partnerships and A Year of Growth –
A review of the IEP AGM 2017

by Scott Parkin FIEP, IEP Chairman

The IEP AGM took place on 5th October to a room full of employability professionals who had travelled to the Salvation Army Employment Plus’s offices to hear about the progress the IEP has made over the past year and to find out what’s in store for the year ahead.

It’s been a very exciting year for the IEP and despite an uncertain operating and commissioning landscape, within the sector and for those working in the profession, the Institute is continuing to go from strength to strength.

In February, we formalised our new vision statement The IEP is dedicated to supporting the people who support others gain work, progress in work and retain work' and agreed 5 Key Campaigns for the year focused on Individual Membership, Corporate Affiliate Partners Networking, Fellowship, Training Programme delivery and raising the profile of the IEP and its Members.

We are delighted to say that we now have more Corporate Affiliate Partners than at any time in our history with a year on year growth of 37.5%.  We have welcomed more Fellows into the fold and are now reaching over 4000 sector professionals each and every week through our dedicated e-newsletter Employability Professional (EP). We have hosted a number of regional Fellows’ Dinners, with the support of industry hosts; all of which have been hugely successful.

Our Knowledge Bank has grown to over 200 articles providing opinion, news and views from key stakeholders, charities and other professionals who are keen to engage with frontline staff and help support them with knowledge and insight to do their jobs better and deliver even better outcomes for customers. We have worked with our partners Remploy to develop the ‘Disability Confident Ambassadors’ initiative helping to promote disability awareness amongst employers and believe this will become the ‘blueprint’ for similar activity in the future.

We are particularly proud to have been the driving force behind the introduction of an Employability Trailblazer, facilitating the ever-increasing Employer Group to set the future standards for our profession.  This initiative brings with it many possibilities and opportunities for the future of the IEP, including the involvement of sectors where there are close links with Employability in terms of the types of support that is delivered.

All in all, the IEP has enjoyed a year of real growth and perhaps more importantly, an increase in positivity, momentum and engagement and we are extremely excited for the year ahead. In 2018, we will continue to encourage more individual Members to engage, gaining even more support from current and new Corporate Affiliate Partners and we will support activity that delivers, through partnerships, the co-ordination of services across public, private and charitable sector organisations to improve customer outcomes.



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