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Are You Ready to Take The Next Step in Your Career?

Develop your career, network with your peers, and visit Shanghai- apply now for one of two places availble to represent Ireland at the International Electrotechnical Commission’s Young Professionals Workshop in Shanghai, China from October 21st-25th, 2019. 

The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the world’s leading organization for the preparation and publication of International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies, bringing together the world's upcoming expert engineers, technicians and managers. It provides them with more opportunities to shape the future of international standardization and conformity assessment in the field of electrotechnology.

What Will I Receive?

  • Return flights from Dublin to Shanghai.
  • Three nights’ accommodation.
  • Public transport and meal allowance.

What Requirements Do I Need?

  • You have some experience of standards development or of using standards in the context of conformity assessment.
  • You are aged early 20's to mid- 30's.
  • You work for a business, industry, association, education body or government body that is using, benefitting from or contributing to the IEC's (International Electrotechnical Commission) work. 

How Can I Enter?

The application should be sent to by 31st May 2019.  

The application requires:

  • A copy of your CV.
  • A completed application form
  • A maximum 600-word essay explaining the importance of standards for the electrotechnical industry of the future.

Previous Winners Testimonials

Last years Irish IEC Young Professional representatives are pictured above (L-R): Olivia Brennan of KMK Metals Recycling Ltd, Kieran Beausang of ESB, NSAI Chief Executive Geraldine Larkin and Director of Standards and Metrology Enda Mc Donnell. 

Olivia Brennan of KMK Metals Recycling Ltd described her experience in South Korea as incredibly worthwhile:

"I would highly recommend the YP programme to anyone who has an interest in electrotechnical standardisation. It has provided me with the understanding of standards and their development that I was hoping for from the experience. The workshop provided me the opportunity to meet with a diverse group of young professionals from different countries and IEC professionals that provided me with insights into what is taking place globally in the electrotechnical field."

Kieran Busang of ESB echos Olivia's sentiments: 

"The IEC YP Programme provided a great opportunity primarily to understand how the IEC develops standards and how an individual can contribute to the development of standards. It was clear that it is very easy to become involved in standards and it is down to the individual to put themselves forward. There were 81 YP in totals at the workshop and the interaction between the different nationalities and cultures was the best part of the workshop."

What is the Selection Process?

After the deadline, the panel may consider the factors listed below:

  • The candidate's perception of the role and benefit of standards to industry or to an individual company.
  • Pro-activity in promoting the use of, or the participation in, standardisation.
  • Indications of innovation in the candidates thinking or activity in relation to standardisation.
  • The candidate's potential to contribute to the awareness of electrical standardization.

The Selection Panel's decision on the winners is final.

How Can I Learn More?

You can learn more about the competition here.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email: