Read our objectives of growing professional membership, increasing engagement, providing expertise to the government, industry and the public, and inspiring young people about engineering.
During 2013 the Institution proved itself to be an effective innovator, looking to improve its service to members by embracing technology.
For example, 7,171 people are now using our online career development tool for continuous professional development (CPD) and our report, Global food: waste not, want not was downloaded 176,024 times in the first week it was released. 26% of CEng and 70% of Associate applications are now received electronically.
We go into 2014 with a new Knowledge Transfer offering which aims to maximise the impact of our unique lectures and seminars, using technology, blogs and webinars to serve a global audience.
Growing professional membership
The number of Engineering Technicians elected to the Institution has grown from 104 in 2009 to 526 in 2013, demonstrating the inclusivity and relevance of the Institution for all grades of members.
Our focused approach to international growth is proving successful with 21,264 international members and a 15% increase in international volunteers. We are tailoring our approach to different markets, thanks to our increased local knowledge and presence.
There were more than 1,000 regional events throughout 2013, which reflected the diversity of engineering today. Large multinationals, SMEs and universities all actively participated and encouraged members to find out more and even visit their workplaces.
The members are kept informed and updated with regional and sector-specific newsletters, enabled by regional and London-based staff and improved IT systems.
Providing expertise to the government, industry and the public
Our reports on food waste, graphene, energy and transport policies were the starting point for debate in engineering, industrial and political circles, both nationally and internationally.
Our key objectives remain disseminating this knowledge and sharing of best practice, and our programme of commercial seminars, lectures and conferences experienced a 5% growth in what is a changing and challenging market.
Inspiring young people about engineering
Notable successes this year include the reform of the apprenticeships and the Design and Technology curriculum. Bloodhound remains a fantastic vehicle – both in the literal sense and for our education activities. A generation was inspired by the lunar landings, and we hope to produce a similar feeling of awe and inspiration with Bloodhound.
The education toolkit for Bloodhound has already been used to provide a coherent, exciting message to 9,000 school children; and there are plans to expand the teaching kit to reach 60,000.