A-Z Initiatives

Here is a list and brief description of initiatives, organisations and groups to help you navigate your way through the many support networks available and relevant when starting out in our industries.

Aerospace Growth PartnershipUK Aerospace Growth Prtnrp Logo

The Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP) is a strategic partnership between government and industry which has been established to secure the future of the UK Aerospace industry for the next 20 years and beyond. ADS is an active participant in the AGP and its working groups, providing a point of coordination and a gateway into the wider UK Aerospace industry. This also has a number of industry secondees developing strategies and initiatives.

Purpose

The AGP was established in 2010 as a vehicle to tackle barriers to growth, boost exports and grow the number of high value jobs in the UK. To do this the AGP is identifying the market failures that form barriers to growth and is developing initiatives to address these specific challenges.

Intended Audience

There is no formal membership process of the AGP. Organisations and individuals are encouraged to engage with the AGP and to contribute to the partnership wherever they are able. Targeted initiatives are being created to achieve the strategic objectives outlined in the strategy document, “Means of Ascent“. These initiatives are being designed through the generous contributions of a wide range of supporting organisations. If you want to help the AGP design a new initiative please contact ADS Group or your Regional Aerospace Alliance to find out how your contribution can make a difference.

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Association for Project Management (APM)APM-master-logo

The award-winning Association for Project Management is committed to developing and promoting project and programme management through its FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism. The association is a registered charity with over 22,350 individual and 590 corporate members making it the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. As part of its strategy to raise awareness and standards in the profession it is currently in the process of applying for a Royal Charter.

Purpose

To provide leadership to the movement of committed organisations and individuals who share our passion for improving project outcomes.

Intended Audience

Whether you simply have an interest in improving your project management skills, are starting out in the profession or are already an experienced professional, there’s an APM membership grade designed for you. What’s more, by becoming a member of APM, you will join over 22,350 people in Europe’s largest professional body for project and programme management.

Support Methods

APM Accredited Training Providers offer you the best training and development support throughout your career, and specifically to help you achieve APM qualifications.

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Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA)ACCA

ACCA is the global body for professional accountants. They aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

Purpose

ACCA’s mission is to be a global leader in the profession by:

  • Providing opportunity and open access to people of ability wherever they are in the world
  • Supporting and promoting the highest ethical, governance and professional standards
  • Advancing the public interest

Intended Audience

Accountancy professionals, Students.

Support Methods

  • Member Networks
  • Study support for qualifications
  • Careers advice and professional accreditation support
  • Wide range of Committees to join that assists the society, industry as a whole and individuals to gain valuable committee experience

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Defence Growth PartnershipDGP

The Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) is a partnership between Government and the Defence Industry. It is jointly led by the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Defence Industry, with the support of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) as the UK customer. The DGP is working to secure a truly competitive, sustainable and globally successful UK Defence sector that provides affordable leading-edge capability and through-life support for our Armed Forces and international customers, as well as bringing wider economic benefits to the UK.

Purpose

By working together, industry and government are creating an environment for stimulating innovation and collaboration which is leading to export growth. The DGP is delivering through three key elements: the DGP Steering Committee, the UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC); the strengthened – Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation (DIT DSO) and the the Value Chain Competitiveness Group and the Skills Group.

Intended Audience

As a Government-Industry partnership, the DGP is an opportunity for companies at all levels of the UK industrial value chain to help build on our strengths and deliver enhanced growth and prosperity for the UK. From Prime Contractors to SMEs, engagement from a broad base of participants is crucial to ensure that the DGP strategic vision becomes a reality.

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Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI)

Purpose

DSEI is a large international event that brings together the global defence and security sector to enable innovation and share knowledge.

Intended Audience

Registration for the DSEI Strategic Conference, exhibition and seminars are available via the DSEI website.

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Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF)CIEHF

The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF) is a UK-based professional body with over 1700 members. CIEHF members are practitioners, students and researchers working or studying in ergonomics and human factors or a related field. The CIEHF raises awareness of the discipline, sets and maintains professional standards, supports its members, and promotes networking and communication among those who have an interest in ergonomics, human factors and related fields.

Purpose

To develop and share understanding of ergonomics and human factors, demonstrate its benefits for human wellbeing and organisational success, and bring about its adoption in everyday life.

Intended Audience

Ergonomics professionals, human factors professionals, young professionals, aviation professionals, design professionals, defence professionals.

Support Methods

  • Access to seven leading journals
  • Join committees or working groups
  • Join the CIEHF Council
  • Free, locally organised talks, demonstrations and visits

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Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)CIMA_Logo_Spot

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants. Through their partnership with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) they support and give voice to 150,000 Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMAs) across the globe.

Purpose

CIMA helps individuals and businesses to succeed by harnessing the full power of management accounting – not just accounting for the balance sheet, but accounting for business. The CIMA syllabus draws on the unique CGMA Global Management Accounting Principles© and CGMA Competency Framework to equip individuals with high-level abilities to help them achieve sustainable success in both business and finance.

Intended Audience

Ambitious school leavers, graduates and working professionals choose CIMA as the most relevant global qualification for a career in business. Their flexible entry policy gives anyone with a passion for business the chance to study CIMA regardless of educational background.

Support Methods

They provide continuing professional development services, fund academic research, develop thought leadership, monitor professional standards, maintain a code of ethics for members, and work with external tuition providers and assessment services to provide the best study and examination experience.

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Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)CIPD

The professional body for HR and people development. They are the voice of a worldwide community of more than 140,000 members committed to championing better work and working lives. They’ve been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years. Through their expertise and research they provide a valuable point of view on the rapidly changing world of work. And for their members they’re the career partner of choice, setting professional standards and providing the know-how to drive the HR and L&D professions forward. They’re independent and not-for-profit and hold a highly respected Royal Charter. They exist to make work and working lives better. And at a time of unprecedented change they have the vision, agility and strength to make a real difference to members, to businesses, to the economy and to all working people.

Purpose

As a registered Charity, they were established to promote the art and science of the management and development of people for public benefit. They’re committed not only to finding and championing ways of defining and organising work that create economic and societal value, but also to promoting ways of improving individual working lives. The HR and L&D professions hold the key to unlocking that sweet spot. Good people management and development are not only good for the financial performance of a given business, but also for the well-being of its workforce and for the long-term prosperity of the economies and societies in which we all work.

Intended Audience

Whether you’re starting out, looking to enhance your career or leading an HR or L&D team, CIPD membership will support and inspire you every step of the way.

Support Methods

They set professional standards and provide the expertise to drive the HR and L&D professions forward. As a career partner to more than 140,000 members, they give them the support they need to make a real impact on the work and working lives of the people and organisations they work with. And, through their research, they provide a valuable point of view on the rapidly changing world of work.

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Cranfield UniversityCranfield

They are creating leaders in technology and management, unlocking the potential of people and organisations by partnering with business and governments to deliver transformational research, postgraduate education and professional development.

Purpose

Cranfield’s distinctive expertise is in their deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world. Their education portfolio is renowned for its relevance to business and industry. They are the largest UK provider of master’s-level graduates in engineering and offer a flagship MBA, extensive world-class customised executive education and professional development programmes. Their work informs government policy and leads the way in producing cutting edge new technologies and products in partnership with industry. The research and consultancy they carry out for industry, government and business provides their students with a real-world learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and then transfer their knowledge to the global economy. This has always been the ‘Cranfield way’ but it has never been more important than in today’s world.

Intended Audience

As an exclusively postgraduate university, they offer you a professional and mature study environment working with like-minded, talented people who are focused on advancing their careers. With an international community, consisting of 4,500 students and a truly global reputation, their passion for the areas we operate in and their long standing relationships with some of the most prestigious companies in industry mean that studying at Cranfield will undoubtedly open doors for you. When you come to Cranfield you are investing wisely in your future.

Support Methods

Finding the money to complete an MSc or PhD course may at first seem a daunting task. At Cranfield they find that many of their students fund their studies by putting together a funding package drawn from savings, small grants, loans or bursaries. The University may offer postgraduate taught bursaries for high quality applicants and their funding finder provides a search facility for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs.

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Engineers Without Borders (EWB)EWB

Engineers Without Borders UK leads a movement for change by recognising and promoting the vital role of engineering and engineers in our collective future. They believe that by highlighting the importance of putting people first they can inspire engineers to place much greater importance on whether engineering solutions are ethical, culturally sensitive and environmentally sound. They think that if people understand and appreciate the potential impact that engineering, and engineers, can have on our lives then more people will become engineers. They can enable our partners, and the communities they work in, to enhance their engineering capacity and use it to catalyse the transformative change that we seek around the world. They also know that, through engineering, they can influence individuals to be active global citizens, and organisations and society to be more globally responsible.

Purpose

EWB UK has a mission to lead a movement that inspires, enables and influences global responsibility through engineering. By highlighting the importance of putting people first, there can be greater emphasis placed on creating engineering solutions that are ethical, culturally sensitive and environmentally supportive.

Intended Audience

Anyone that wishes to support engineering board in the UK through STEM activities or aboard on developmental projects to support improving the lives of others. You don’t have to be an engineer to be involved.

Support Methods

  • Youth outreach programmes that support activities in the UK in partnership with STEMNET
  • Engineering challenges
  • Global Engineering Fellowships and international placements support
  • Knowledge sharepoints to support collaboration

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Help 4 Heroes (H4H)help-for-heroes

Team H4H is an extremely passionate bunch. Their passion comes from their links to the Armed Forces; some have served, others are related to or know someone who has. They take the time to listen, understand what’s needed, and do their very best for heroes every single day. They have a complete open door policy and welcome all of their supporters to visit or pick up the phone to find out just what a difference donations are making to the lives of heroes.

Purpose

Their mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families. They inspire and enable those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full potential.

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High Value Manufacturing Catapults (HVMC)logo-catapult

The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult is the catalyst for the future growth and success of advanced manufacturing in the UK. Their 7 Technology and Innovation Centres work with companies of all sizes to bridge the gap in – and accelerate the activity between – technology concept and commercialisation.

Purpose

Catapults are bridging the gap between business and academia, helping to turn great ideas into reality, by providing access to world-class research and development facilities and expertise that would otherwise be out of reach for many businesses in the UK.

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Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)ICHEME

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is the global professional membership organisation for chemical engineering professionals and anyone involved with the process industries, including the emerging bioprocess sector. With over 44,000 members in over 120 countries, IChemE is the only organisation that awards the internationally-recognised qualifications of Chartered Chemical Engineer and Professional Process Safety Engineer. They set the standards for chemical and process safety engineering professionals. They support their members and the wider chemical engineering community through a team of professional staff based in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. IChemE exists because chemical engineering matters.

Purpose

IChemE’s four key aims are:

  • To build and sustain an active international professional community, united by a commitment to qualifications and standards that foster excellence and the delivery of benefits to society
  • To engage with others to promote the development, understanding of chemical engineering and an appreciation of its importance
  • To provide support and services to individuals, employers and others who contribute to improving the practice and application of chemical engineering
  • To enable chemical engineers to communicate effectively with each other and with other disciplines

    Intended Audience

    IChemE has different grades of membership, each giving you professional support and a range of services whatever level you work at within the chemical, biochemical and process profession. IChemE is granted by Royal Charter to award Chartered Chemical Engineer and Professional Process Safety Engineer registrations. Membership fees are set by IChemE Council and vary according to where in the world members reside. Discounts on annual subscriptions are also offered to those who are unemployed, retired or on a career break.

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Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)ICE

ICE is an independent professional association for civil engineers and a charitable body which exists to deliver benefits to the public. It supports the civil engineering profession by offering professional qualification, promoting education, maintaining professional ethics, and liaising with industry, academia and government. Under its commercial arm, it delivers training, recruitment, publishing and contract services.

Purpose

As a professional body, ICE is committed to support and promote professional learning (both to students and existing practitioners), managing professional ethics and safeguarding the status of engineers, and representing the interests of the profession in dealings with government, etc. It sets standards for membership of the body; works with industry and academia to progress engineering standards and advises on education and training curricula.

Intended Audience

Anyone who is involved or interested in civil engineering and design across a wide range of sectors including, buildings, infrastructure, energy, maritime etc.

Support Methods

  • Graduate and Student Network (GSNet)
  • President’s Apprentices scheme to support talented graduates
  • Graduate Awards
  • Careers advice and professional accreditation support

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Institute of Directors (IOD)IOD

As the UK’s longest-running organisation for professional leaders, they are dedicated to supporting members, encouraging entrepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole. They are your representative and voice in business, no matter what company size. They support 34,500 members through 48 regional branches across the UK, allowing them to be influential at a local level, as well as nationally. Members are some of the most skilled and prominent leaders in the UK, from start-up entrepreneurs to FTSE board members, directors in the public sector and CEOs of multinational organisations.

Purpose

As an independent association of business leaders, their objective is to make sure your views are taken into account when the government is reviewing policy, legislation or seeking the opinions of the wider business community. High standards of excellence and professionalism in the boardroom are essential for businesses to succeed. They have been supporting leaders in their professional development for many years and their highly regarded programmes provide creative and flexible training opportunities, including the exclusive and industry-recognised qualification, Chartered Director.

Intended Audience

Most senior business owners or leaders are eligible to join the IoD. This would include business owners, and senior leaders, regardless of the organisation size or sector (for example, commercial, hospital trust, military, non-profit, government).

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Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (IEEE)IEEE

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organisation dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe. There are more than 420,000 IEEE members in over 160 countries. IEEE publishes a third of the world’s technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics and is a leading developer of international standards that underpin many of today’s telecommunications, information technology, and power-generation products and services.

Purpose

IEEE’s core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Intended Audience

When you join IEEE, you join a community of over 425,000 technology and engineering professionals united by a common desire to continuously learn, interact, collaborate, and innovate. IEEE membership provides you with the resources and opportunities you need to keep on top of changes in technology; get involved in standards development; network with other professionals in your local area or within a specific technical interest; mentor the next generation of engineers and technologists, and so much more.

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Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET)IET

The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 167,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most multidisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.

Purpose

To inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.

Intended Audience

Anyone who is involved or interested in engineering and design across all disciplines.

Support Methods

Members and non-members:

  • Young Professionals supporting volunteers and careers
  • Present Around the World Competition for young people
  • Young Woman Engineer Award
  • Careers advice and professional accreditation support
  • Variety of Communities to join

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Institute of Engineering Designers (IED)IED

Founded in 1945, Chartered in 2012, the IED is the premier membership body representing engineering and product designers. They aim to support and inspire members to achieve their career goals and professional aspirations.

Purpose

To promote and facilitate the advancement of engineering and product design within industry and education.

Intended Audience

Product designers, women in engineering, Chartered Technological Product Designers (CTPD), and young professionals.

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Institute of Explosive Engineering (IExpE)IExpE

If you, your company or your employer is associated with the Explosives Industry or your job involves the use of explosives including, in some circumstances, being a member of your country’s Armed Services, membership of the Institute is of interest to you. Much of the Institute is founded on the diversity of the disciplines practiced by its members. The explosives fraternity today consists of Engineers, Scientists, Logisticians, Academics and Legislators, many of them in uniform. A recent survey of overall membership revealed some 25 different disciplines covering 20 industry sectors. Membership of this Institute is not by subscription alone, unlike other related organisations. Individual membership for this Institute is based on the key criteria of competency and experience that is confirmed by examination or, in the case of the Armed Services, successful completion of specific explosives engineering based training courses.

Purpose

To promote the occupational competency, education and professional standing of those who work with explosives and provide consultative facilities for organisations and government departments within the explosives field.

Intended Audience

Explosives engineers, young professionals, professionals working with the Armed Forces.

Support Methods

  • 25 different disciplines covering 20 industry sectors
  • Join Expert Working Groups to influence the Sector Skills Strategy Group
  • Competitions & medals supporting individual development
  • Careers advice and professional accreditation support
  • Secondment advice and support for individuals and employers

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Institute of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange (IKE)

The IKE Institute is the UK’s professional body for innovators. It accredits and certifies innovation practices, offers business solutions and delivers a range of executive education and training programmes to organisations to strengthen and accelerate their innovation capability. We influence the inter-relationship between education, business, and government through research and collaborative networks. Our Innovation Manifesto highlights our commitment to support the development of innovative people and organisations.

Purpose

To professionalise Innovation as a discipline that will help individuals and organisations to create economic value and deliver social benefit.

Intended Audience

Organisations or individuals who are involved or interested in innovation and knowledge exchange activities across all disciplines.

Support Methods

  • Innovation Courses for Practitioners
  • Executive Education for Innovation Leaders
  • Delivering Investor in Innovations Standard
  • Certification of Innovation Skills and Competencies
  • Business Innovation Diagnostics
  • Brite Innovation Review Journal

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Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)ILM

ILM helps organisations and individuals to build leadership, management and coaching skills through market-leading qualifications, training resources and certification of in-house programmes.

Purpose

To improve the standards of leadership and management in order to drive social and economic prosperity.

Intended Audience

Project/Programme Managers, the Armed Forces, Consultants.

Support Methods

  • Support for mapping military careers to the ILM structure
  • Gain qualifications in management
  • Learn about coaching and mentoring

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Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (IMarEST)IMarEST

This is the international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals. The IMarEST has registered charity status and is the first professional institution to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body. It is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership of over 18,000 individuals based in over 120 countries. Its purpose is to work within the global marine community to promote the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and knowledge of marine professionals worldwide. The IMarEST has categories of membership for everyone with an interest in the marine world – for those who are seeking professional recognition (Corporate Membership), for those who are currently studying or just starting out in their careers or those who simply have a general interest in the IMarEST, its work, its members, events, publications or facilities (non-Corporate Membership).

Purpose

To work within the global marine community to promote the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and knowledge of marine professionals worldwide.

Intended Audience

IMarEST members include those working in:

  • Ports & Shipping
  • Offshore Oil & Gas
  • Maritime Services
  • Marine Science
  • Naval & Defence
  • Marine Leisure
  • Marine Renewables
  • Fishing & Aquaculture

Support Methods

Members and non-members:

  • Nexus Online Network supporting growing your community
  • Over 18 Special Interest Groups on key aerospace topics to get involved with
  • Over 14 UK local Branches offering lectures on wide variety of subjects across the UK and wider
  • Awards for early careers and outstanding achievement
  • Careers advice and professional accreditation support

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Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining(IOM)IOM3-Logo(Colour)

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse.

Purpose

To promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy, as a leading authority in the worldwide materials and mining community.

Intended Audience

IOM3 has a membership of over 18,000, and represents a combination of scientific, technical and human resources which links industry, government, education, research and the academic world. Individual members of the Institute come from a variety of backgrounds, from students to company chief executives. Members qualify for different grades of membership, ranging from Affiliate to Fellow (FIMMM), depending on academic qualifications and professional experience.

Support Methods

The professional development programme run by the Institute helps contribute to members’ career enhancement towards senior grades of membership and Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

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Institute of Mathematics & its Applications (IMA)IMA

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) exists to support the advancement of mathematical knowledge and its applications and to promote and enhance mathematical culture in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, for the public good. It is the professional and learned society for qualified and practising mathematicians, with a membership of around 5,000 comprising of mathematicians from all sectors, as well as those with an interest in mathematics. In 1990 the Institute was incorporated by Royal Charter and was subsequently granted the right to award Chartered Mathematician status.

Purpose

To support the advancement of mathematical knowledge and its applications and to promote and enhance mathematical culture in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, for the public good.

Intended Audience

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications has a diverse membership that ranges from university students through qualified professionals to those retired but still interested and involved.

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Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE)IMechE

With over 113,000 members in 140 countries, they have been at the heart of the mechanical engineering profession since 1847. They strive to improve the world through engineering by; inspiring the next generation, developing professional engineers and setting the agenda.

Purpose

To improve the world through engineering by inspiring the next generation, developing professional engineers and setting the agenda.

Intended Audience

Mechanical engineers, apprentices, graduates, experienced employees.

Support Methods

Members:

  • Young Persons Network supporting new starters to aerospace
  • Over 18 Special Interest Groups on key aerospace topics to get involved with
  • Over 50 local Branches & Divisions offering lectures on wide variety of subjects across the UK and wider
  • Competitions & medals supporting individual development
  • Careers advice and professional accreditation support
  • Wide range of Committees to join that assists the society, industry as a whole and individuals to gain valuable committee experience

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Institute of Structural Engineering (IStructE)IStructE

The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s largest membership organisation dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering. The Institution has over 27,000 members working in 105 countries around the world. The Institution is an internationally recognised source of expertise and information concerning all issues that involve structural engineering and public safety within the built environment. The core work of the Institution is supporting and protecting the profession of structural engineering by upholding professional standards and acting as an international voice on behalf of structural engineers.

Purpose

To ensure that members are highly skilled and work to the highest level by maintaining a commitment to professional standards within structural engineering.

Intended Audience

Structural engineers, young professionals involved in design and innovation.

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International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)INCOSE

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems. INCOSE has a mission to address complex societal and technical challenges by enabling, promoting, and advancing Systems Engineering and systems approaches with a vision of a better world through a systems approach. It has over 1000 individual members in the UK and over 40 corporate members.

Purpose

To advance the state of the art and practice of systems engineering in industry, academia, and government by promoting interdisciplinary, scalable approaches to produce technologically appropriate solutions that meet societal needs.

Intended Audience

Anyone who is involved or interested in systems engineering and design across all disciplines.

Support Methods

Members:

  • An evolving Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (BKCASE);
  • Journals and a practitioner’s magazine;
  • A library of INCOSE-developed products, best practices, and resources;
  • An annual international symposium; regional conferences in the US and in Europe, Africa, and Asia; local chapter programs;
  • A Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification program.

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International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

The International Institute for Strategic Studies was founded in 1958 with a focus on nuclear deterrence and arms control. Today however, it is better known for its annual assessment on countries’ armed forces.

Purpose

The IISS is a non-partisan organisation, independent of government and other bodies. Its mission is to promote the adoption of sound policies to further global peace and security and maintain civilised international relations.

Intended Audience

Access to the IISS publications is available via either corporate or individual subscriptions.

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Project Management Institute (PMI)

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is a professional project management membership organisation and welcomes members from all industries. It currently has over 450000 Global Members with over 280 Local Chapters around the world.

Purpose

Membership of PMI shows dedication to project management and professional development. It enables networking across the industry through mentoring and local Chapters. PMI also helps develop your knowledge in Project Management through its guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge and hundreds of deliverable templates, webinars, articles blocks and papers.

Intended Audience

Anyone who is involved in or interested in Project Management across all industries.

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Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE)RAE

As the UK’s national academy for engineering, they bring together the most successful and talented engineers from across the engineering sectors for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. They provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. They take a lead on engineering education and they invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. They work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. They are a national academy with a global outlook, and use their international partnerships to ensure that the UK benefits from international networks, expertise and investment.

Purpose

To advance and promote excellence in engineering.

Intended Audience

STEM, young professionals, women in engineering, international professionals, research professionals.

Support Methods

Members and non-members:

  • International Survey of Young Engineers
  • Join the UK Forum for Computing Education to support development in the UK
  • Competitions & medals supporting individual development

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Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)RAES

As the world’s only professional body dedicated to the aerospace community, it exists to further the advancement of aeronautic and astronautic art, science and engineering around the world.
The Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace since its establishment over 150 years ago seeking to:

  • Promote the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines
  • Provide specialist information & act as a central forum for the exchange of ideas
  • Play a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters

Purpose

As a professional society, RAeS is committed to supporting and promoting professional learning across the entire spectrum of areas within aeronautics and astronautics. This includes coverage such as; human factors, air law, management, materials and aerospace medicine. It also has a passion for helping people of all ages – from schools initiatives to professional development and accreditation.

Intended Audience

As a professional society, RAeS is committed to supporting and promoting professional learning across the entire spectrum of areas within aeronautics and astronautics. This includes coverage such as; human factors, air law, management, materials and aerospace medicine. It also has a passion for helping people of all ages – from schools initiatives to professional development and accreditation.

Support Methods

Members and non-members:

  • Young Persons Network supporting new starters to aerospace
  • Over 20 Special Interest Groups on key aerospace topics to get involved with
  • Over 50 local Branches & Divisions offering lectures on wide variety of subjects across the UK and wider
  • Competitions & medals supporting individual development
  • Careers advice and professional accreditation support
  • Wide range of Committees to join that assists the society, industry as a whole and individuals to gain valuable committee experience

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Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA)RINA

RINA is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures. Members of RINA are widely represented in industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations in over ninety countries.

Purpose

To work within the global marine community to advance the art and science of ship design. They organise professional, technical and social events for the benefit of local members, providing an opportunity to meet and exchange views with other industry professionals; they also publish a wide range of technical journals, conference proceedings, Transactions, and books, covering all aspects of naval architecture and the maritime industry.

Intended Audience

Anyone who is involved or interested in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine structures.

Support Methods

  • Over 10 UK Branches
  • 7 Committees to be involved with to support the Institution and wider engineering
  • Medals, prizes and awards
  • Careers advice and professional accreditation support

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RUSI Under 35 (RUSI U35)RUSI

The Under 35s Forum is designed to build and develop the next generation of policy-makers and thought leaders, drawing from academia, the civil service, the private sector and the armed forces. RUSI welcomes applications from individuals under 35 years old. Offered at discounted rates, this category of membership offers unique access to the defence and security world.

Purpose

RUSI’s mission is to be a world leading independent forum informing, influencing and improving public debate about defence and security matters. They conduct research across defence, aerospace and security around the globe as well as more specialist topics. RUSI provide commentary, analysis and reports on policy defining and world changing themes. Their impartial perspectives support government and industry alike with a unique insight into current and potential future affairs.

Intended Audience

Anyone that has an interest to better understand current and shaping policy across defence, security and aerospace. It specifically has methods to support people early in their careers of defence and security.

Support Methods

Members:

  • Under 35s Forum providing monthly events with thought and policy leaders to help over 600 early career professionals on a spectrum of topics.
  • Access to world leading defence & security research papers
  • Access to wide library of historical research and texts
  • Exclusive events with key persons in defence & security
  • Regular journals and current affairs reports

Non-Members:

  • Online commentary and reports
  • Monthly newsletters

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STEMNETstemnet-logo

STEMNET creates opportunities to inspire young people in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics).
They work with thousands of schools, colleges and STEM employers, to enable young people of all backgrounds and abilities to meet inspiring role models, understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands-on STEM activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life.

Purpose

Across the UK, STEM Ambassadors volunteer their time and support to promote STEM subjects to young learners in a vast range of original, creative, practical and engaging ways.
STEMNET also provides free, impartial, expert advice and support to schools that want to set up or develop a STEM Club within their school.

Intended Audience

STEM Ambassadors come from a wide range of careers and professions.
STEMNET work hard to ensure that the population of STEM Ambassadors reflects the diversity of the population that they volunteer to support. 40% of STEM Ambassadors are women and 13% describe themselves as from BAME (Black & Minority Ethnic) backgrounds. Enthusiastic Ambassadors can are from 18 to 70 years of age, with almost 60% under 35 years of age.

Support Methods

Members Only:

  • Give careers talks, help at careers fairs or support students with mock job interviews
  • Provide technical advice or practical support to STEM projects in the classroom
  • Supporting projects in after-school STEM Clubs
  • Judge school STEM competitions
  • Devise or deliver practical STEM experiments or demonstrations
  • Access to the STEMnetworking site to provide resources support to STEM Ambassadors

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Women in Defence 

Women in Defence UK was set up in 2011 when it’s founder, Angela Owen an ex-Army Officer, realised that the thousands of women working in the defence industry were spread too thinly. With over 800 members they hold the annual Women in Defence Awards.

Purpose

Women in Defence UK exists for a community of people who wish to promote the value of women in defence. They aim to encourage women to succeed, share experience, build networks and encourage talent at all levels to join the defence sector.

Intended Audience

There is no formal membership processes for joining the Women in Defence, although they do have a LinkedIn group. All women working within the defence industry can be nominated for their annual Women in Defence Awards.

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