Volunteering for EPC

Thank you for volunteering to be part of the Emerging Professionals Council (EPC). We’ve put together some information to help you make the most of this role. Not sure what you should or shouldn’t do? This is the place to start.

What is EPC?

Engenerate is represented and organised by the Emerging Professionals Council (EPC), which is made up of representatives from each of the regions. EPC helps Engenerate members take their career to the next level, through IPENZ competency-assessed membership and networking events.

All EPC members need to be IPENZ Members. Each region has a regional Chair, and there is also a national Chair.

What are the key things I need to do as an EPC volunteer?

To make sure that Engenerate is successful, we encourage you to

  • Recruit engineers who aren’t members.
  • Delegate – you don’t have to do it all yourself.
  • Make sure you celebrate success.

To run a safe, trouble-free calendar of events, you need to:

  • Follow IPENZ policies and procedures, including the Code of Ethical Conduct.
  • Understand your obligations under the Health and Safety Act.

What you need to do over the year:

  • Organise events throughout the year that appeal to a broad cross-section of your membership.
  • Attend your local IPENZ Branch committee meeting and Branch events.
  • Attend SENZ events, including speed interviewing nights and the Secrets to Success evenings.
  • Keep us up to date with what’s happening in your group.
  • Send in text and photos for the Engenerate newsletter by the 10th of the month.
  • Send in your text for the monthly board report to your Chair by the 25th of the month.
  • Complete the Volunteer Role Agreement so we can track your volunteer work and place this on your IPENZ Membership record

What does the regional Chair do?

Each region elects a Chair. The role of the regional Chair is to:

  • Provide leadership for your group and keep them informed.
  • Liaise with IPENZ on funding, your group’s activities and any issues.
  • Provide an annual report of Engenerate activities to include in the IPENZ Annual Report.
  • Attend IPENZ events in your region.
  • Attend regional Branch meetings (or nominate someone else from your committee to go).
  • Have a succession plan in plan to recruit new committee members.

What does the national Chair do?

The role of the national Chair is to:

  • Maintain continuity of Engenerate activities at both the regional and national level.
  • Work with the Emerging Professionals Council to continue to enhance the Engenerate programme’s value and relevance.
  • Represent emerging professionals at IPENZ-branded events.
  • Provide a centralised point of contact with IPENZ and promote stronger integration with (and recognition within) the wider IPENZ work programme.
  • Provide advice and support to the Emerging Professionals Council and regional Engenerate Committee members; acts as a “sounding board”.
  • Assist with the approval of annual regional Committee budgets and funding requests for individual Engenerate-organised events.