IEC Young Professionals Programme

Every year BSI and its partners offer young engineers the chance to take part in the IEC Young Professionals Programme, all-expenses paid.

The Programme brings together the world's upcoming expert engineers, technicians and managers. And provides them with opportunities to shape the future of international standardization and conformity assessment in the field of electrotechnology.

The IEC is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. 

Every year its standardization and conformity assessment work leads to a week-long meeting – the IEC General Meeting – at which stakeholders from around the world debate current issues and decide on IEC’s future direction and strategy. The IEC Young Professionals Programme takes place during this week.

The next IEC Young Professional Programme takes place in Stockholm in October 2020.

Find out why you should apply to the IEC Young Professional Programme 

Who should apply?

This professional development opportunity is open to engineers aged 35 or under as of 30 June in the year of the event for which they’re applying.

We welcome applications from ambitious engineering professionals who are currently making, or wishing to make, a difference in their industry, and with an interest in the standards they encounter in their professional practice.


What do past participants think?

"My expectations were exceeded. We were looked after extremely well in Shanghai and were offered top class training. The opportunity to experience the city of Shanghai and meet many like-minded young professionals was fantastic. I would certainly recommend this programme to others."

Robert Gilmore, Hardware Development Engineer – Whale Pumps


“My expectations were very much met by the program as it gave me insight and the ability to network that someone would struggle to find elsewhere.”

Sammantha Harris, Compliance and Approvals Regulatory Specialist - Dyson


"Be ready to get involved and make yourself heard and put your ideas forward - the experience will be invaluable."

Tim Cameron, Senior Design Engineer – Mutec


2019 Young Professionals in Shanghai, China.


Become a standards-maker with BSI

Successful applicants to the IEC Young Professionals Programme can also take advantage of further development opportunities:

  • Participate in UK standards committees
  • Attend BSI conferences and events and receive invitations to special BSI policy events
  • Take part in BSI's annual Standards Forum and Awards event
  • Contribute to BSI's education activities to raise awareness of standards to postgraduates and early-career professionals